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Countdown Crunch

Posted by editor on June 17, 2005 at 7:49 AM PDT

One work week until JavaOne

Whether or not you're going to JavaOne, it would be hard not to notice the flurry of activity as the event looms (one work week away, at this point). News editor Steve Mallett e-mailed me and Daniel the other night to express his surprise at how many news items were available for the front page. I noted that two of his news items were for "RC1" releases of projects... perfectly timed for a JavaOne release after a final week of testing. For everyone working hard to get your stuff out the door in time, here's wishing you the best, and hoping you get a break after the crunch.

For those of you who won't be at JavaOne, Max Goff wants to help improve the blog coverage of the event. In today's Weblog entry, Blogging JavaOne, he writes:
"There should be a plethora of bloggers at JavaOne this year, which is only a couple of weeks away (June 27-30). With Microsoft co-opting ... I mean co-sponsoring the event, it promises to be an even more interesting gathering than any previous Java celebration. Is there anything in particular you would like to see a blogger from cover at JavaOne this year?"

Tom Ball talks about presenting Project Jackpot at JavaOne:
"I will be giving a JavaOne presentation on Project Jackpot: A New Java Technology for Source Transformation, and have been working hard on a NetBeans plug-in to demonstrate it. I am really excited to be able to finally discuss our work to such a wide audience."

Ed Burns has a jumpstart on using for your JSR: "This is what we did with JSP and JSF to host our projects on"

In Also in
Java Today
the Sun Developer Network article What's New in the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit 2.3 beta

outlines the new features and APIs in the latest version of the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit. You'll learn about the toolkit's support for the Location API, SATSA, and the Content Handler API. Read the article to learn how you can create MIDP applications that discover their location, communicate with smart cards, respond to specific content types, and more.

Whether you're targeting it with your web application, writing client-side DHTML or AJAX code for it, or just using it to surf the web, chances are you're aware of Firefox, the lean, fast browser from the Mozilla Foundation. But how much of its functionality are you really using? In the Mozilla DevCenter article A Firefox Glossary Brian King (contributor to Firefox Hacks) describes the terminology and concepts of this compelling client.

In Projects and
Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart's latest weblog entry announces: JAXP Builds now available. "The JAXP team has just posted early access builds of JAXP 1.3 and of JAXP 1.4. Specific JAXP 1.3 builds will eventually show up in GlassFish builds, while JAXP 1.4 will be in Mustang builds, but having separate builds will allow more flexible uses."

The GELC is spotlighting SchoolClipse, a tool for managing a small private school. In Project Spotlight: SchoolClipse, project owner Stavros Kounis talks about the project as a "playground" for developing rich-client platform applications, as well as the project's current status and goals for the future.

User cowwoc has a problem with Mustang's system tray icon feature in today's Forums. In Re: Able to show balloons from system tray icon?, he writes:
"The problem is that Sun chose not to expose an API which allows end-users to specify whether a window may or may not overlap the taskbar. They simply may not, period. If you look at the underlying Tray API code, what Sun does is use reflection to get at a private variable, change its value and this allows that specific window to display on top of the taskbar. If Sun wants to hack its own code, great, but we end-users shouldn't have to."

hr_stoyanov is looking for more depth in Re: WS-SECURITY in JAX-WS 2.0?: "What about the other WS-* security protocols: WS-TRUST, WS-SecureConversation SAML and XrML. Is there a roadmap of what to expect in JAX-WS in future? Are there JAVA.NET hosted OSS projects to provide some implementation?"

The latest Poll asks "Have you ever run a Java Web Start application?". Cast your vote on the front page, then join in the discussion on the results page.

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