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Posted by editor on December 8, 2006 at 8:51 AM PST

Who will be the next JavaOne rock stars?

There's one week left before the deadline for the JavaOne Call for Papers closes. And even if you're not going to submit a session or BoF proposal, you can still help to steer the conference content. Annette Vernon put out a call for a JavaOne Wish List to collect your ideas, suggestions, and preferences for next years conference.

To further that discussion, we've set up a Planning JavaOne 2007 forum to futher discussion of what you want to see on stage next May:

What is it that makes you want to attend JavaOne? What would you like to see there this year? What topics interest you? What types of talks are the best? Please let us know via the forum what types of talks others can put together that would make the conference that much better for you. The threads below are arranged in general subject areas, which are the topic areas used in the Call for Papers. If your ideas are specific to particular topics, please contribute to the appropriate thread(s). Otherwise, if you have general commentary on the conference or ideas that do not fit in the subject area threads, please join the Grab Bag thread.

So, if there's something you want to see at next year's conference, posting on the forum might help get a talk on that topic approved. Good for you, good for speakers, and you might just help discover the next JavaOne rock star.

Before continuing with the rest of today's highlights, I want to say a fond farewell to Helen Chen, our long-time community coordinator (and co-leader of the JXTA and Sun Grid communities), who's leaving Collabnet today. Helen has been consistent in her focus on developing and supporting community, doing the right thing by the users, because they are the community. This site wouldn't be what it is without her reasoned and intense focus on the continued success of our communities, and everyone on O'Reilly's team appreciates what she's done for the site, and we wish her the best as she moves on to the Next Big Thing.

Further down in today's Forums, "Dan Ackroyd" points out some ME hazards in Nokia S60 3rd edition - hidden method badness:
"It appears that there are some (at least one) undocumented methods in the midp implementation on Nokia series 60 3rd edition devices for certain classes. If you accidentally override this method in a derived class, your app will fail to run, as the derived class will through an exception when the class loaded tries to load it."

In the announcement
JXDropButton Demo now available, syhaas writes:
"I have put together a small demo of the JXDropButton for some feedback. The JXDropButton is a button with a popup menu that when clicked will show the popup allowing the developer to reduce screen realty or increase functionality by combining similar actions into a single button. We've all seen this component in our browser's Back button for instance. If you click the button, you go back once. If you click the arrow, you get a popup menu of the locations you have visited."

The latest Poll asks "How many Java books did you buy this year?" Cast your vote on the front page, then visit the results page for current tallies and discussion.

Patrik Beno offers a
JSR #277 Follow Up in today's Weblogs. "Recently I published my review of the JSR #277 EDR. This is my response to email from Stanley M. Ho, (JSR #277 spec lead) where I respond to his arguments/clarifications and I propose further spec/model improvements..."

Think static compilation is a performance cure-all? Mark Lam says
Beware of the Natives:
"Big Myth: Java code is slower than native code. Bigger MYTH: You can always speed up Java code by doing some stuff in native code. Wanna find out why? Read this article."

Finally, Simon Morris has some
Musings on Web 2.0:
"If the term 'Web 2.0' has nothing to do with the web, and could equally be applied to a new generation of desktop applications, what would they look like?"

In Java Today,
the Direct Web Remoting (DWR) project is closing in on version 2.0, with the announcement of Release Candidate 1. The "three big new features" are a JavaScript Proxy API that is created at runtime, Reverse Ajax (to send asynchronous message from the server to the browser), and security improvements to defend against cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgery attacks.

The latest installment of ACM Queue's Kode Vicious column, Understanding the Problem, replies to a reader whose experience asserts that server-side Java code is "about 10 times slower than C" and tends towards "very large and obtuse" programs. KV writes "I rarely bash languages or make comparisons among them, and I'm going to stick to my guns on that, even in this response. I don't believe the majority of the problems you're seeing come from Java itself, but from how it is used, as well as the way in which the software industry works at this point in time."

NetBeans Visual Web Pack 5.5 has wizards which can visually manage sorting and paging data bound to a database table. But there is no convinent way to bind EJB methods. The article Sorting and Paging with EJB3 helps you understand one way to achive this. The application has two parts: an Enterprise application using EJB3 and a web application which displays a data grid with sorting and paging.

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