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Sun's letter to Eclipse

Posted by daniel on February 2, 2004 at 2:13 AM PST

Is Sun's open letter not that big of a deal?

We posted Sun's open letter to Eclipse on Friday as soon as we had officially received a copy. The letter was posted elsewhere on the net and there are active discussions at the Java Lobby and on Slashdot. The amount of discussion here at and other places is less than I would have expected. Is this a non-issue?

As I've written before, the only IDE that has made me leave a text editor and command line tools behind for Java coding in IntelliJ's IDEA. I am heading to Anaheim this week for EclipseCon to try to learn more about the Eclipse view of the world. We begin our coverage of this week's conference with two chapters from Erich Gamma and Kent Beck's book Contributing to Eclipse. The first chapter shows you how to get up and running with your first plugin - a "Hello World" button for the toolbar. The second chapter is an interlude that takes a Test Driven Development approach to creating a plug-in. Given that the book is written by the creators of JUnit, this is an opportunity to look inside of their test first process.

Also in Java Today
Martin Fowler writes about Inversion of Control Containers and the Dependency Injection pattern introducing the article by writing "In the Java community there's been a rush of lightweight containers that help to assemble components from different projects into a cohesive application. Underlying these containers is a common pattern to how they perform the wiring, a concept they refer under the very generic name of "Inversion of Control". In this article I dig into how this pattern works, under the more specific name of "Dependency Injection", and contrast it with the Service Locator alternative."

The ServerSide's Dion Almaer has been Listening in on JSR 175 Metadata Gurus . He recently attended a presentation by expert group member Ted Neward. Check out Ted's blog for more thoughts on JSR 175.

In today's Weblogs , Richard Monson-Haefel assures you that You can make EJB better. He asks What's right and wrong with EJB today. N. Alex Rupp looks at The future of the American programmer. Felipe Leme announces JSTL 1.1 RI is out.

In Projects and Communities The JavaDesktop community's project JGoodies is featured in this DevX article Fatten Up Your Java UIs with JGoodies .

The JXTA community links to A Q&A with Juan Carlos Soto . Soto answers some basic questions about JXTA.

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