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Posted by editor on February 2, 2006 at 7:46 AM PST


New releases from NetBeans and ROME

There are two significant releases on the front page, one of which has been a long time coming, and the other of which ties into today's feature article.

The ROME project aims to free developers from concerning themselves with the differences between the various web syndication standards, RSS and Atom, or the version incompatibilities between them. It takes the approach of supporting all of them, and wrapping them with a common API. Thanks to this isolation layer approach, the project can boast that "all feeds lead to ROME".

As Randy J. Ray writes in today's Feature Article,
Taking a Tour of ROME:

The ROME in question is a Java library that provides a single interface to web syndication feeds while abstracting the differences between RSS and Atom. ROME version 0.8 contains many bug fixes and support for Atom 1.0. With it you can read, create, merge, filter, and otherwise mash up your favorite syndicated streams.

In the article, he shows how ROME can be used both on the client-side to receive RSS and ATOM feeds, and on the server side to create feeds.


Another release, and a particularly prominent one, kicks off Projects and
Communities
:
the NetBeans Community is celebrating the release of NetBeans 5.0. Major 5.0 features include the Matisse GUI builder, improved support for CVS, Struts, and JSF, debugging enhancements, deployment to JBoss and WebLogic, simplified rich-client development, a profiler that works with unmodified JDK's, and more.

The webstarted-installer project provides installation and startup services for applications that aren't Web Start-enabled. "The idea is that the webstarted-installer is a Java Web Start application that can be used to download and deploy another application that can then be started once the whole process of downloading has finished."


In Also in
Java Today
,
the next SDN Ask The Experts session, running Feburary 6 through 10, looks at "What's New in Java Web Services Developer Pack 2.0". "The recently released Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP) 2.0 adds many new features including early access of the 'integrated stack' of technologies for easier,more efficient and more reliable deployment of web services. Got a question about Java WSDP 2.0?
Submit your questions during the week of Feb. 6 and get answers from Java WSDP 2.0 lead engineer Ramesh Mandava, and Java WSDP developer Ana Lindstrom-Tamer."

java.about.com guide Kevin Taylor has updated his list of Top 8 Must-Read Software Development Books. He says, "this list of software development books comprises the absolute must-read books for all professional software developers. Whatever the language or domain in which you practice your craft, these tomes hold an essential body of hard-earned, collective wisdom and knowledge."


In today's Forums, linuxhippy asks
Whats CHA?
"In the past there have been some very interesting publications about hotspot (however since 2000 its unfourtunatly totally quiet ) and I found some papers which talk about the inlineing capabilities of hotspot.It mentions that most methods can be inlined thanks to CHA. But whats that? I guess its CH-Analysis but what's CH? Another interesting question for me is wether hotspot also inlines static methods, since all benchmark show that static method invocation is slower than a 'normal' one."

alexlamsl questions the discussion
Re: Eliminate specifying maximum memory limit:
"I don't think elimating Xmx is a good idea - it'll give Java applications the possibility to engulf enough memory would start to hinder other processes; this happens with non-Java applications, and is not a desirable behaviour as far as I'm concerned."


Mark Little asks When and why are interoperability fests useful? in today's Weblogs.

"Interoperability fests/workshops have become very popular recently, particularly in the area of Web Services. However, they are more widely useful and should be an active part of a developer's testing arsenal whilst building relevant systems, rather than an afterthought as is often the case."

In
Wicket + Swing == hmmm...interesting..., Tim Boudreau writes:
"My grade-school friend Jonathan Locke, who is the creator of Wicket sent me a fascinating brainstorm the other day. Particularly in light of all of the hoo-hah around AJAX these days, I asked him for the OK to blog it. Here's what he had to say..."

Harold Carr checks in with some
Notes from SDForum's Interoperability event: "The SDForum hosted an Interoperability Forum featuring Anne Thomas Manes, Graham Hamilton, Prateek Mishra, Kim Cameron and others. Here are my notes on the event. I particularly liked the discussion of the level at which one should program web service - the language level or the XML level."


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New releases from NetBeans and ROME