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Posted by editor on February 12, 2007 at 8:07 AM PST

What do you want from JavaOne?

With JavaOne 2007 a few months away and registration already open, the stars of the show have yet to be announced. And that's because they could be you and your project.

There's about a month left to nominate the world's best Java innovations for the Duke's Choice Awards, which will be handed out at JavaOne in May. The awards "celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology and they are granted to the best and most innovative projects using the Java platform." Check out the nomination form, and submit your nominations by March 15.

On today's front page, we're also featuring Annette Vernon's blog on the JavaOne program committee, in It's (Java)One Big Happy Family. "The content selection team (aka "The PC", for Program Committee) invited several renowned members of the Java developer community to participate in our review and selection process for JavaOne." In her blog, you'll find some well known names among those deciding what will be in this year's show, a number of whom are probably on a first-name basis with the community by this point (Romain, Fabiane, Hani, etc.).

Also, while you're making early JavaOne plans, do plan on stopping by the Community Corner, where once again we'll be featuring 20-minute mini-talks by members of the community about their projects. The wiki is live and ready for you to reserve a time for your mini-talk. We also intend to podcast them again this year, so you'll be talking not just to attendees in the booth, but to headphones and speakers world-wide.

In Java Today,
the BluePrints Solutions Catalog project has released a new Early Access version of the catalog. According to the release notes, some of the new features include a new viewer application, a Digg mashup in the Viewer application so users can easily comment and bookmark associated online articles, and a dynamic bundling mechanism so the Solutions Catalog can be released using only the examples that apply to the targeted audience. The new version upgrades all components to be JSF 1.2 compliant and has been updated to use Dojo 0.4.1 libraries.

Issue 110 of the Java Tools Community newsletter is out, pointing to activity in the Java Tools Forum and a video interview with Roumen Strobl about Java 6's effect on NetBeans. Also in the newsletter: a tool tip on adding a spell-checker to NetBeans, tool news from around the web, and a welcome to a new Tools Community project.

Michael Nascimento Santos calls for time-keeping sanity in today's Weblogs. In

It's high time: a Date and Time API for the Java SE Platform, he asks:
"Have you ever had problems with Date, Calendar, TimeZone, DST rules and related classes? Even if you hadn't, if you live in the USA or Canada, it is very likely you will have some bad times this year with those APIs with the new DST rules. Well, a long-term solution is on the way..."

JXLayer 2.0 - flexible, powerful and stable, Alexander Potochkin writes:
"The JXLayer project has been updated; the API became stable, flexible and powerful"

This week's Spotlight is on this week's Ask The Experts session: Java Plug-In technology. As you probably know, the Java Plug-In is included as part of the JRE and establishes a connection between popular browsers and the Java platform. From now through Friday, February 16, you can ask your questions about the Java Plug-In and have them answered by Java SE Deployment Team members Dennis Gu, Calvin Cheung, and Margarita Fisher.

In today's Forums,

Zhao LiCheng-A2 discusses phoneME porting plans in
Re: Do you know how to accelerate the phoneME cldc vm's performance?:
"I would like to porting the phoneME cldc vm into the ARM based radio. Before porting, I need to know the the performance of these two kvm (phoneME's and sun reference impl's), and choose one. Then a benchmark is needed. The sun RI's only provide the "win32", "Unix", "winCE" three platform, so we need to choose one to test. If the win32 may produce meaningless results, I bet the linux platform will have the same problems. Though the phoneME is desiged and optimized for the embeded system, we can't find one to run the test."

Joerg Plewe lays on the math in the Java3D therad
Re: Non-Cartesian Coordinate Systems?
"The question reminds me of some old stuff I did once using non-cartesian coord systems. The source incl. an example is attached, a live demo can be found here. In the demo, a race track is constructed from tiles, each tile having its own, non-cartesian coord system. The tiles then are treated like 2D squares having local coordinates [0..1,0..1]. This way, it is very easy to keep a car 'on track'. Do you have something like that in mind?"

karnokd has a wish list of
Some new features for Java 7:
"I have the following suggestions for the next release of Java JDK: 1.) Simpler cast&assign As in C# and Delphi it would be nice to have the following syntax for casting and assigning: List list = obj as List; where the 'as' operator might work as if: List list = obj instanceof List?(List)obj:null; 2.) Extend the NullPointerException facility to allow better location of the cause. [...] 3) Create annotation of javadoc tag for null result possibility."

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What do you want from JavaOne?