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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