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Posted by editor on March 6, 2007 at 5:51 AM PST


Code and chat during a flight delay

Your editor is in Crested Butte, Colorado, for the Java Posse Roundup. ONJava blogger Robert Cooper was on the same flight with me from Atlanta to Denver, where we then met the four members of the Java Posse podcast, waiting for our flight up into the mountains.

Actually, we only saw two of the Posse at first in our gate area (which was a challenge to find, as all the departure/arrival boards were broken). We chatted with Dick Wall and Carl Quinn, and then said "where are Tor and Joe?" They were across the hallway in another gate, one with available power outlets, as Tor was apparently hacking away on NetBeans' Ruby support, actually making a code commit from the airport before we got on the plane.

Now that's dedication. Or just working too hard.


NetBeans and Ruby happen to top the Java Today section today as well.
The latest NetBeans 6 milestone includes the Ruby Pack, featuring support for working with Ruby code inside the open-source IDE. In NetBeans 6 Milestone Features Full Ruby Support, Artima's Frank Somers speaks with Dan Roberts, Sun's director of developer marketing, about NetBeans' current Ruby support and future Ruby plans.

A new SDN article looks at Programming With the Java XML Digital Signature API. "One of the significant new features of the Java Platform, Standard Edition 6 (Java SE 6) is the Java XML Digital Signature API. This API allows you to generate and validate XML signatures. XML signatures are a standard for digital signatures in the XML data format, and they allow you to authenticate and protect the integrity of data in XML and web service transactions. This article will give you an overview of XML signatures and show you how to use the API in your applications.

The NetBeans community has posted a podcast interview with Technical Community Manager Jirka Kovalsky. In the 13-minute podcast, he discusses his role and his current project of managing the redesign of NetBeans's plugin portal (module catalog). He also discusses how to submit bugs or fixes and how to submit your own plugins for NetBeans.


In our Feature Article, Jeff Friesen presents a
Image I/O Utilities Grab Bag , because
sometimes what you need is not an enormous framework, but a grab bag of bite-size morsels. That's what Jeff has in this article, which offers three commonly needed graphic conveniences, implemented with the Image I/O package.


In today's Weblogs, Vivek Pandey explains

What happened to JAX-WS 2.1 RI download
"You might have noticed that JAX-WS 2.1 RI download link takes you to an Error page. We have fixed that to say what is really going on with the JAXWS 2.1 specification, due to the death of the WS-Addressing WSDL Binding spec..."

If You Thought Rails Development Was Fast Before..., Brian Leonard has some news for you.
"If you were interested in Ruby on Rails but shyed away because tool support was missing, come look again."

Arun Gupta looks at the
WSIT plugin in NetBeans 6:
"After being able to deploy and invoke a Web service using NetBeans 6, I tried to install the latest development build of WSIT plug-in. One big difference (in terms of ease-of-use) I noticed, from NB 5.5.1 Update Center, is that all the available modules are now organized in logical categories. And this is nice because it lets you look for a module in that category."


In today's Forums,
Vladimir Sizikov discussses TCK's in Re: code review for added interview question:
"It seems that we all agree that the latest changes satisfy CDC stack TCK needs and can be committed to the repository, right? But I also think that we should take care of other TCK/TestSuite developers, and provide Framework-related questions in the Framework interviews, not in TCK-specific interviews. I'm talking about DTF-related questions. You see, we have a strange situation here, the support for distributed tests is in the Framework, but the question for the port and for verboseness of the DTF infrastructure is not present in the framework, and every TCK that needs DTF support, implements their own questions. Also, as Alexander noted earlier, we also have not only MIDP-stack TCKS, but optional packages TCKs that must work in CLDC/CDC/MIDP environments. We should be able to accommodate such TCKs."

maxz1 is
Mixing Win32 painting and Swing:
"Thanks to Richard, Kiril and Igor. I finally got the JDK 7 sources from snapshot and found the code pointed by Igor. The code performs data copying from Windows DIB bitmap ("copyDIBToBufferedImage" function in the ThemeReader.cpp file) into DataBuffer. It is really helpful in my situation however not optimal because as I mentioned above that ideally BufferedImage should share same memory as Win32 code. I hope that in future versions of JDK we'll have an official the possibility of sharing same data buffer."

gath55 reports a
Problem using Toplink in JWS application:
"I hope somebody can help me. I have developed an application which uses the Persistence API and it's great. Everything works normally when I run the application locally. But when I deploy it with WebStart, it hangs for several minutes when I try to create the EntityManagerFactory. I've read through various forums looking for this problem, and I've found some with similar problems, but no solution (yet). I think the problem has to do with how Toplink is trying to load the persistence.xml file. I'm not 100% sure, but I think what Toplink is trying to do when run through webstart, is that is somehow starts downloading the resources again from the web (although webstart has already downloaded all necessary jars)."


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Code and chat during a flight delay