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Posted by editor on September 14, 2005 at 4:59 AM PDT

Et tu, .NET?

Stop me if you've heard these before: "Java's too big", "nobody's ever going to download something that size", "if Sun can't fit Java on a floppy, I'm switching to .NET", etc. Check out the forum Mustang is too big (again) if you want to join in.

But then again, maybe this is just a sign of the times. Romain Guy is working with .NET -- by the way, Romain, why? -- and reports on the size of the latest update:

Every now and then we see a new blog/thread/article about JRE/JDK download size. Well, I just downloaded .NET 2.0 beta 2 and here are the file sizes:

  • Runtime: 23 MB installer
  • SDK: 324 MB installer (!)

In his weblog JRE/JDK download size?, Romain notes that since you need the runtime to install the SDK, "that is a 347 MB installer to have a command line based framework plus its documentation."

Also in today's Weblogs, Kirill Grouchnikov shows off the Substance look and feel in Adding watermarks to your GUI - now at your nearest "look and feel":
"How about running your favourite IDE and looking at your favourite actress all along? Just make sure your wife is OK with it. Here is how you can do it."

In Emerging Robotics Standards through OMG, Bruce Boyes writes:
"The Object Management Group is working to develop the first ever open robotics standards... an RFI has been published and the deadline for response is 2005 Nov 14."

In Projects and
the latest Java Tools Community newsletter announces the graduation of JLanguageTools from the community incubator. The project simplifies internationalization by allowing you to put localizations in their own XML files, and then request localized strings by key name. The project also provides a GUI to select from available languages.

The Mac Java Community home page notes some updates to QuickTime for Java for Windows. QTJ is now installed by default with QuickTime 7 and does not require a custom or full install. Bug fixes improve QTComponent rendering, running in headless mode, movie progress procedures, MPEG playback in applets, and more.

In Also in
Java Today
JUnit is the de facto standard unit testing library for the Java language. JUnit 4 is the first significant release of this library in almost three years. It promises to simplify testing by exploiting Java 5's annotation feature to identify tests rather than relying on subclassing, reflection, and naming conventions. In An early look at JUnit 4, Elliotte Harold takes JUnit 4 out for a spin and details how to use the new framework in your own work.

"Maven is a formidable tool for simplifying the construction of J2EE applications. If you're currently using an Ant build or some other build tool you'll be able to reduce your build script by several folds, thus saving maintenance time. But perhaps even more importantly, you'll get as a result a nicely structured directory organization that follows building best practices." In Building J2EE Projects with Maven, Vincent Massol shows how Maven will help you generate EJB interfaces and deployment descriptors, JARs, EARs, WARs, and more.

In today's Forums,
kcpeppe explains Java memory management in
Re: N medium-size heaps instead of only one huge heap:
"Heap is currently divided into young, old and perm space. Young space is further divided into Eden and two survivor spaces. There are flags to set the size of each of these areas either as a % of total or an absolute value. In the 1.5 you can also specify % free values that help the JVM decide on how big each of the spaces should be. There are also adaptive policies that can be specified."

dtrehas is looking for a
Java and .NET interoperability lib?:
"Ok, I know that web services give the capability to interop with .NET. I thought to implement through Memory-Mapped file a fast way to interop with .NET. Is there an implementation for this goal? The second step is to use RMI-IIOP and .NET.IIOP but I want an ultra fast implementation. What is your opinion?"

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