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Give Us A Break

Posted by editor on November 19, 2007 at 8:27 AM PST

Short week for US members

One of the long-standing in-house rules that I observe for the editorial side of the site is something that Daniel Steinberg was doing as the original editor of the site, and that is that we don't shut down for U.S.-only holidays. One of them, Thanksgiving, is this coming Thursday, and despite that, you can still look forward to a regularly updated page that day, as well as Friday, the unofficial "Black Friday" shopping holiday. Of course, for the latter, I'll have to pre-load the page so we can get in the car and head to Fry's and Discover Mills at 7 in the morning.

But that's really neither here nor there. My point is that with a lot of people in the U.S. taking the whole week off -- I got an "I'm on vacation" auto-reply from Chet Haase this morning -- things may be a little slower than usual this week in terms of the usual activity of blogging, committing code, posting to forums, etc.

Of course, that leads me to wonder: how many people are going to come back from this break only to face a December crunch to deliver projects by the end of the year? In our industry, crunch times are more often forced by arbitrary deadlines or trade-shows, more so than calendar milestones like the end of the year. Yet I can remember a lot of late-year programming crunches that cut into end-of-the-year activities.

So how about you? Are you pushing to finish a project by the end of 2008, or will the next few weeks be pretty typical?

In Java Today,
Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart has posted an Update on Project Woodstock: "Progress with
in part in preparation for
of NetBeans 6.0.
First Dick announced the
Release of Version 4.1,
Winston announced an updated
Visual Web Woodstock Component Theme Builder
More Examples.
Also see
Architectural Details
Woodstock provides Enterprise-Quality JSF components.
For more info check:
Docs page,
Container Support
Online Catalog.
Download bundles are
check the
Deployment Page.
We encourage your feedback at the
USERS mailing

JBAN, Java Bluetooth Adhoc Networking, has just made source for version 2.0 available in CVS, now under the GPL license. "JBAN allow many devices to form a network dynamically, and the devices can be of any type if only they support Java and Bluetooth." They write in to add, "this version does routing in L2CAP layer and uses a single thread for multiple connections in sender and receiver, so it is much more efficient than version 1."

he latest edition, issue 147, of the JavaTools Community Newsletter is out with a short weekly issue, featuring tool-related news from around the web, new projects in the community, and a Tool Tip on editing JavaScript on NetBeans.

Volker Simonis kicks off today's Weblogs section with a

Template- vs. C++-Interpreter shootout.
"This blog discusses the main differences between the C++ and the Template Interpreter which are both available within the Hotspot sources of the OpenJDK project. Some performance tests with the DaCapo benchmark suite which compare the two interpreters in mixed and interpreted mode on Linux/x86 and Solaris/SPARC conclude the presentation."

Gregg Sporar spent some time in a
Ruby Tuesday, but it's not what you might think.
"I enjoyed visiting the Houston Ruby and Rails User Group - and it was on a Tuesday."

Finally, in
Kohsuke on the road, Hudson creator Kohsuke Kawaguchi updates his conference plans: "In the coming few months, I'll be presenting on various conferences -- JavaPolis, FOSDEM 2008, and the ServerSide Java symposium."

This week's Spotlight is on
The Open Web SSO project (OpenSSO), which provides core identity services to simplify the implementation of transparent single sign-on (SSO) as a security component in a network infrastructure. OpenSSO provides the foundation for integrating diverse web applications that might typically operate against a disparate set of identity repositories and are hosted on a variety of platforms such as web and application servers.

In today's Forums,
remz has a useful code example in
Re: assets download behind a proxy. "I wrote a modified version of the AssetManager which allow the use of a proxy, unfortunately I haven't been able/had the time to make it load the proxy informations from the config file (simply adding a line in and/or didn't work). here's the content of the modified of course if the proxy was to be used more widely. it should be externalized somewhere else."

qu0ll has an applet load-time suggestion in
Re: Build 7 applet initialization error.
"You may find that there is another way to display a "Loading" message in your large applet. What I am doing is to have a small applet class and a larger "worker" class. I also have an interface that defines the relationship between the two. Then, I program the applet against the interface and only load the worker class by using Class.forName(). This means that the applet class loads very quickly and then the worker class is loaded. It's then a simple matter to override paint() in the applet to display "Loading" until the worker is active."

sariga initiates an upgrade discussion with the post
Java Studio Creator projects not working in Glassfish.
"I deployed a Java Studio Creator project on Glassfish but it is not working properly; perticurlarly the database tables are not appearing. But this project is working fine in some earlier versions of Sun application server. What can I do to make this project work on Glassfish?"

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