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Posted by editor on June 2, 2006 at 6:50 AM PDT

Shout-outs from the Posse

Philip "Flip" Russell IM'ed me yesterday to say I needed to check out this week's Java Posse. It's already in my podcast subscriptions, so I just had to update.

Wow. I knew people were keeping up with the site, but it blew me away to hear them talking about specific podcasts that we did at JavaOne (like David Herron's mini-talk on the Distro License for Java), and projects on the site. Even a couple I didn't know about, like NET2Java, which takes .NET programs written in Visual Basic or C# and converts them into Java applications.

Note: we usually don't talk up incubated projects, like NET2Java, on the front page because the point of incubation is to give them a chance to get organized before they get too much attention, but the cat's out of the bag on this one. Besides, since NET2Java has already had a few code releases, they're probably ready to graduate, though it's up to the Tools Community leadership to decide that.

Along with noticing my QuickTime-fueled mini-talk rant, they also pointed out that Posse member Joe Nuxoll has a project on the site, JSR-273: Design-Time API for JavaBeans (JBDT) Project. Asking around, all four members of the group said they were members. And then Dick Wall said something about that blew me away:

It's one thing that I wanted to say, that I think it's a really good idea for anyone who's more than passingly interested in Java to go on there and, you know, sign up, because it's free and it's really easy, and go and have a look through the open source projects that are out there. And maybe, you know, join a couple and see what they're doing. There are a ton of them on, and there's probably something for everybody.

Wow, thanks for that. It's very encouraging to know what we're working on every day has value for people.

In Also in
Java Today

you may be familiar with UML diagrams that show the relationships between your classes and their members, but it can be much more than that. By using UML to model deployment, you can understand and represent not just your code, but the environment it runs in, and share this with sysadmins and others. In the dev2dev article Modeling Enterprise Java Applications and Deployments, Jeff Davies says "the purpose of this article is to demonstrate several effective ways to model modern software systems to accurately and concisely communicate architectural, design, and deployment details to the responsible parties in your enterprise."

Apropos of the Google Summer of Code and the many Java projects participating in it, the latest Poll asks "Are you going to do more open-source coding this summer?" Cast your vote on the front page, then check out the results on the results page

In Projects and
the Open Source Portlet Repository Project offers a "workspace for open source developers to develop a variety of JSR168 compliant open source portlets. It will include portlets for Enterprise Integrations, Web 2.0 technologies, Collaboration, and much more." is hosting a video interview with Patrick Keegan, co-author of the NetBeans IDE Field Guide. In the interview, NetBeans evangelist Roman Strobl chats with Patrick about writing the book, the new version of NetBeans, and the past and future of the NetBeans IDE.

In today's Forums,
tmarble updates the status of Linux Java in
Re: JSE 5.0 update 7 packages: "We are deliberately delaying the publication of the DLJ bundles for 1.5.0_07 in order to include a revised DLJ FAQ with the LICENSE and update the README to give more explicit permissions on distribution modifications for the JRE and the JDK. It should be only a matter of days now. Thanks for your patience!"

Al Wells seeks optical character recognition in
"Does anyone know of an OCR engine that works with Java? I need something something that I can pass images to (rather than passing an image path to a dll or API like Asprise to give me back results). Is there anything now or in the works designed to work with JAI or perhaps with awt?"

Richard Bair talks about The Unknown JavaBean in today's Weblogs. "What is a JavaBean? What is the JavaBean design pattern? If I asked that question in a room of a hundred people, I suspect fewer than 10 would really get it right."

JavaOne Video: AJAX DONE RIGHT, Ed Burns has a
"link to video of TS-1161, along with some descriptive prose about our current situation of having many different AJAX approaches from which to choose."

Finally, in
Job Hunting Revisited, Felipe Gaucho writes:
"After two months trying job hunting portals I started thinking about innovative ways to demonstrate my abilities to the prospective employers. This blog entry is a laboratory about curriculum vitae formats. It discusses the way people interact in the job hunting universe and also presents a draft solution based on a CV XML Schema."

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