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Posted by editor on October 3, 2007 at 6:58 AM PDT

Early word is good on the Consumer JRE

Notwithstanding some reports that you may need to bang on Windows Registry entries to get JDK 6.0 Update N Early Access hunky and/or dory, early reports are pretty positive. I was on the #javaposse IRC channel early this morning... really early because a certain 5-year-old decided to wake up in the middle of the night and start talking non-stop about Ninja Warrior... and caught a discussion from the group's European membership about initial experiences with it. Such as:

I'm really happy the the new JRE, works great, very surprised at the quick turnaround and the good performance

I was surprised how fun it was to browse the applet world again. There are tons of applets out there, some quite cool (for some reason, quite a lot of graphing/math/algorithmic stuff)

It turns out he also made more or less the same comment in our Forums, featured below. Later on, while I was AFK, he made another important comment about 6.0uN:

man! so annoying. one person wrote on a TSS thread that quickstart was windows-only. now there's a front-page article on JL about it.

afaict, it's just a packaging issue.

wrong news travels fast.

To be sure, some of the new Consumer JRE features will be Windows-only, some because of their very nature (a Direct3D-based rendering pipeline), others because Sun's engineers announced at JavaOne that they would deliver certain features for Windows and expect others to do it for the JDK's they're responsible for (e.g., Apple for the Mac OS X JDK, perhaps the open-source community for OpenJDK, etc.) But it looks like QuickStarter isn't one of them.

To keep up with what others are doing with 6.0uN and what they're saying about it, check out the active 6uN Early Access forum.

Starting today's highlights from the Forums, pdoubleya has more details in
First impressions: quick starter.
"I had the pleasure yesterday of trying out quickstarter, by simply googling for random applets around the web and trying them out. To coin a phrase, applets are fun again (don't quote me on that, it's geeky in the wrong way). No, honestly, as of this Release N I was able to visit many, many sites, some quite old, to see what their applets were about. The experience was, overall, very smooth and for the first time I didn't find myself cursing applet technology under my breath. It's kind of a revelation to have applets be usable and useful again. I was also surprised by how well applets blend into web pages with this new update, even pages that were quite old (as in "this applet requires Java 1.1" kind of old). So, first comment, great work. Now some criticisms, or comments on what I think you can improve."

Elsewhere, ernestojpg writes about web services authentication issues in
Re: Holder-of-key and Truststore files.
"I've tested the last WSIT Nightly Build, and it look like already works! The Server get the Client's Public Key from SAML Assertion (SubjectConfirmation), and don't look for it in its truststore. But something strange happens. I have tried this scenario, but now using a empty Trustore in the server side, and that also works! I thought that 'wssip' and 'xwss-certificate-authority' certificates would be necessary. It look like the Server verifies the wssip signature using only the KeyInfo in the SAML assertion, but the Server doesn't look for the Certificate in its truststore. Or perhaps it doesn't verify the SAML signature, I don't know. Is that normal?"

vhardy has a suggestion for getting at SVG files in
Re: JSR-226 : How to Change value of SVG text?
"To modify the SVG source, you can use gunzip to turn the .svgz file into a regular svg file and then search replace the mouseover/mouseout with focusin/focusout. Alternatively, I think Mobile Designer has a way to trigger events on focusin/focusout. I believe there is an SVG Timing option panel where, if you select "Event", you'll find "focus in" and "focus out" under the event type. Good luck with your project."

Returning to the topic of 6.0uN, in the Java Today section,
Danny Coward summarizes the goals and progress of the "consumer JRE" project in Consumerizing Java on the Desktop. "Heard the early roll of thunder about a project called the href="">'Consumer
JRE' last JavaOne ? href="">Yesterday
it came a step closer to reality: We've href="">released href=""> an early
access version of an major update to the href="">Java
Runtime Environment (JRE) on Windows platforms, specifically
focusing on features of the JRE needed by consumer content."

Issue 311 of the NetBeans newsletter is now available. Highlights include: A Plugin to Make You Filthy Rich, Participate in Intland's codeBeamer-NetBeans ALM Module Project, Feature Viewer: A Plugin for Listing Plugins, How to Use jMaki on Rails in NetBeans 6.0 IDE, Video: NetBeans Ruby Editor Code Completion, Running Woodstock JSF Components in Portlet Environment, Rails and JPA (Instead of ActiveRecord) and much more.

SDN recently posted a tutorial from John O'Conner on learning how to use JavaFX Script's Declarative User Interfaces. "in JavaFX Script, you can use declarative statements to define the UI. That's a significant difference and adapting to it can take some time and effort. To learn this new declarative style for creating UIs, I decided to port an existing application UI from its Java language implementation to JavaFX Script. "

Another big event this week was the announcement of Java Mobile & Embedded
Developer Days
. In today's Weblogs, Sean Sheedy looks forward to the event in "JavaOne ME" announced.
"Well THIS is exciting - after spearheading a "what do you think about this" email discussion among some M&E luminaries, Roger Brinkley has officially announced the call for papers for "Java Mobile & Embedded Developer Days". It's on! Given the buzz among the experts and the focused nature of this event, it's not one to be missed..."

For those of you tracking OpenJDK, Kelly O'Hair checks in with
OpenJDK Mercurial Transition Update 4.
"We tried very hard to split out corba, jaxp, and jaxws in Build 21 but didn't make it, however they just now got integrated into Build 22. This splits out an additional 6,000 files or so from the primary j2se workspace."

Finally, a JUG update in
Thoughts about BGJUG First Meeting, in which Petar Tahchiev writes,
"here are my impressions about the first meeting of the Bulgarian Java User Group."

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Early word is good on the Consumer JRE