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The time on Mars

Posted by daniel on January 8, 2004 at 8:19 AM PST

It's breakfast time in Cleveland and I'm waiting for our west coast team to pop up on instant message.

Let's see, what time is it there? Hey there's Bruno in Brazil. I wonder what time it is there. Oh and then there's the Martian rover - what time is it on Mars?
I may be able to figure out the time in Sebastopol or Brazil, but Mars time is totally different. Follow the link in Also in Java Today you can use the Mars24 Applet to get the current time on Mars. Follow the links from the applet to learn more about time on Mars.

You can also take a look back at the past year in Java by checking out ONJava: 2003 in review . Chris Adamson has organized the articles from the past year into categories to make it easy for you to browse for topics you may have missed or articles you want to take a second look at.

In Projects and Communities the Java User Groups homepage congratulates JavaVietnam for helping Sun "bend the rules" and get an agreement for some support for Vietnamese in the upcoming J2SE 1.5 release. Satya Komatineni has added Jedit, wordml, xaml, jxpath, InfoPath, XForms to his Research Knowledge Folder with references and comments.

In today's Weblogs , Michael Nascimento Santos has begin a discussion with his post Things that could be different - Part 1:Exceptions . He writes that " Java is notably the first programming language to provide full support for checked exceptions - you must explicitly declare them if you they are going to be thrown, you are forced to either handle or declare to throw them and more. However, after using them for a while, you start noticing that sometimes things don't work so well. I do like checked exceptions, but read this blog entry for some of my thoughts about how exceptions could be different (and sometimes, better)".

M Ranganathan writes In-situ simulation reduces the pain of debugging distributed systems. Discrete event simulation is not just a way to write academic papers it is a great way to get distributed applications debugged. Java makes writing in-situ simulation environments relatively simple.

In A picture is worth a thousand words, Sata Komatineni provides a picture to help explain what his Aspire/J2EE application does. He worries that the name doesn't convey that it "is a RAD tool for Java and J2EE ingeneral and you can do real cool things with it. And I point them to AKC and tell them how wonderful it is and how I even use it to teach my kinder garten daughter (perhaps an unsuspecting child, what does she know anyway). "

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