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Posted by daniel on September 28, 2004 at 1:02 PM PDT moves to Movable Type

John Reynold's leads off today's Weblogs with a post
about the open letter from Sun regarding Java persistence. In href="">
Someone's listening, he links to Sun's letter supporting the
creation of a "common persistence API underlying JDO and EJB."
Meanwhile, Joshua Marinacci continues his exploration of the
concept of mini-apps with his latest "software doodle" called

It's life as usual here at, and yet these posts look a
little different. Yesterday, we moved our blogging infrastructure
over to Movable Type in response to requests for features for the
bloggers (such as XML-RPC so that bloggers can author their blogs
when not connected) that MT supports. Thanks to the O'Reilly team
that included Tony Stubblebine, Sarah Breen, David Lents, and
Terrie Miller. We anticipate that there will be tweaks and a need
for changes, but the initial release went very smoothly and the
nearly two thousand entries were ported over to MT yesterday

From your standpoint, there shouldn't be much different about the
new UI. Take a look at Joshua's
. At the top right corner of the page you will see a
navigation to previous and to next posts if there are any. You will
also see a link to "Main". Clicking on Main or on the link to "Joshua
Marinacci's Blog" takes you to the same place. Go ahead, go to Joshua's main
. Most of the new features are there in the right
column. There is a calendar with the current month with links on any
date on which an entry was posted. You will also see a list of recent
entries and a listing of months in which previous entries were
posted. One area which is not improved is the comments area. You can not alter the view or see threaded comments any more.

Also in Java Today
, Eric Giguere explains that much of
your navigation in a UI is within a component. Once you've
selected a component within a larger container, "you need the
ability to navigate within the component. Selecting an individual
cell within a table is an obvious example." In
Custom Item Traversal in MIDP 2.0
he writes "Users must also
be able to navigate between components, to move the input focus
from one component to another. In version 2.0 of the Mobile
Information Device Profile (MIDP), this inter-component and
intra-component navigation is called traversal. Understanding how
traversal works and how it's exposed to the user is vital to
writing usable custom components."

It seems as if Jini still needs to introduce itself to
people. Part one of Jennifer Kotzen's href="">Java Dynamic Networking
with Jini Technology "explains how Jini technology tracks
services, identifies their capabilities, and assembles them into
systems." At its core, "Jini Lookup Services (LUSs) and the Discovery,
Join, and Leasing protocols collectively allow a Jini system to
accurately, efficiently, and automatically track the set of services
currently available in dynamic environments."

In Projects and
,Apple has updated their href="">mailing lists including href="">java-dev, href="">coreaudio-api
and href="">quicktime-java
so years of developer tips and tricks are finding their way into

Sun's John Bobowicz and Chris Cheline will take your questions
about in the next edition
of href="">Java
Live September 28. 11:00 A.M. PDT/6:00 P.M. UTC.

John M writes "the whole code formatting religious wars will never be settled", in today's

. He writes that this is "partly a manifestation
of the mildly-autistic, obsessive-compulsive nature of most
developers. A bigger part for most people is that people's brains
process information differently -- especially visual information
(which is pretty much all we software folks have). Look at all of
the ways that people have come up with to try to add in other
sense modalities into the software process (both consciously
(code smells) and unconsciously (structured

Jonathan Simon reacts to the story where the href="">customer
service rep fixes a bug and tells the user to reload, "I was
cringing when I read parts of this knowing that they were just
pushing stuff into production like that. Assuming all your tests
are automated, you can get pretty quick, but not that

Mark Swanson is still worried about when there are
no professional software developers. "You're not looking far
enough into the future. At the rate of open source progress I do
not believe there will be any reason to use any proprietary
software in 20 years. At this time most software developers will
be largely out of work and the revenue generation capabilities of
the software IT sector will largely be removed from the global

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