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Posted by editor on September 3, 2007 at 7:15 AM PDT


The NetBeans truck hits the road

It's Labor Day in the U.S., giving Americans a three-day weekend for major projects, an end-of-Summer fling, or a full-blown relocation. That's what Tim Boudreau's doing, as part of a move back East. And he's bringing NetBeans along for the drive.

Tim originally laid out his plans for the move last week, showing off the truck that he's adorned with NetBeans logos, and has an update in The NetBeans Mobile is Alive:

Getting ready and loaded up is taking a little longer than I had hoped (I'm just a typical engineer underestimating how long work will take :-)) - so I expect to be on the road on Monday. I'll make it a short day/shakedown cruise, and plan to end up in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night. Two days later I'll be visiting some folks in Milwaukee.

So if you're driving along I-80 this week, you might want to keep an eye out for the NetBeans mobile as it passes through Winnemucca, NV, Little America, WY, Omaha, NB, and the other highlights of this long drive. You can also track Tim's exodus via his Twitter account, and see if he makes it to Milwaukee by Thursday night.

By the way, Tim, it's not clear from your blogs what your final destination is... just how far East are you going?


Also in today's Weblogs, those of you complaining about JavaFX tooling can relax, as one of the top Swing pros is on the case. Joshua Marinacci explains in

My new life in JavaFX:
"The short news is that I've switched teams (again :). I'm now on the JavaFX team working on new tools. In fact, I've been in Prague all week meeting my new coworkers, as we hail from around the globe."

Laird Nelson continues his series in
Objects and Strings and the Wrangling Thereof (Part 2).
"Part two of a series, in which we look at (and recoil in horror from) the java.text.Format class."


In today's Forums,
darwinjob is delighted to follow-up on the promotion of a feature request in the latest Java 7 builds, reporting in
Re: Heavyweight/Lightweight Mixing feature of Java 7:
"Just tested b19 with java3d 1.5.1 Canvas3d inside JInternalFrame. IT WORKS!!!"

terymas may be taking on a daunting challenge by asking how to get into Blu-Ray Java development in
How to begin BDJ?.
"I have no knowledges on Java and I want to create my first BDJ project. Have you some advices for me ?? Also, I'm a new menber and I'll read and search more information on this forum. Thank you for your help."

Michael Flad reports frustration with
Sound problems (Moto KRZR K1).
"Hi all, how did you all implement sound on the Moto K1? All my non threaded MMAPI implementations seems to crash my app quite fast. My current project plays sounds for some keypressed events and it only takes 5-10 fast keypresses. But note that my player doesn't start or stop more than one sound per frame - so it's not creating multiple MMAPI players per frame. tried my threaded implementation too - doesn't crash anymore but after a few played sounds I can't start another anymore - doesn't matter if I use the same player or a new one with another soundfile. At the moment I only use Midi files."


In Java Today,

Jonathan Schwartz's Different Isn't Always Better, But Better's Always Different addresses comments to his blog announcing the change of Sun's stock ticker symbol to "JAVA". In composing his reply, Schwartz asked James Gosling to explain the genesis of the name Java, which Gosling reveals effectively came from a hastily-arranged meeting in which random names were proposed for their emotional appeal, and then were run through a trademark check. Gosling recounts that in the final rundown of options, "Java" beat out "Lyric" (his choice) and "Silk".

The SDN article Making Java Technology Faster Than C with LRWP shows off impressive performance when a team implements a highly-scalable architecture entirely in Java. "We decided to try something totally different, implementing the LRWP protocol in Java, running in a web container. GlassFish was open sourced at around this time so we chose GlassFish to try our idea. We expected performance close to Xitami/NexSRS performance on smaller systems and expected to scale well on bigger systems. The implementation was faster than Xitami/NexSRS -- Xitami is a very small web server written in C, and is one of the top 10 web servers. Our implementation was to scale better on bigger CMT systems, but LRWP in Java was faster by 23% on a single core system and by 78% on a 4 core system."

NetBeans.org is proud to announce that the NetBeans C/C++ Pack 5.5.1 Update 1 is now available. NetBeans C/C++ Pack 5.5.1 Update 1 has a significantly smaller memory footprint, greatly improved performance, and lots of fixed bugs. In addition, this is the first release that supports the MacOS. This is multilingual release, in English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. Download or learn more about the NetBeans C/C++ Pack.


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