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Silent All These Years

Posted by editor on March 17, 2008 at 8:19 AM PDT

Why not talk up your project at the Community Corner?

The sign-ups are already attracting proposed talks, so I want to take some time today to explain what these "mini-talks" we're always talking about are.

At JavaOne, we'll have a big booth, one end of which is reserved for 20-minute eyes-forward presentations. It's got a sound system and a screen for your slides, and seating for a couple dozen people, and is a great way to introduce your project or some other topic of interest to fellow members. These talks are recorded and are then sent out as a podcast over the next few months after JavaOne, allowing hundreds more people to hear your talk.

To sign up, you go to the sign-ups of the Community Corner wiki page, pick a time, and post your name(s), title, and an abstract (which you can post as a loose file to the 2008 mini-talks folder or as a new wiki page of its own). Then its up to your community leader to approve the talk (or clarify issues, like missing abstracts), and after that, it's just a matter of getting your talk and slides together and being there at JavaOne. Oh, and please post your slides either before the presentation, or right afterwards, so we can link to them from the podcast show notes page.

A few spots are already spoken for, but much of the schedule is wide open, so now is a good time to put together your mini-talk and sign up.

I mention all of this today because
this week's Spotlight is on the Community Corner at JavaOne 2008, your place to meet up with fellow project members and community leaders. Sign-ups for the mini-talks are still available, so post an abstract and you can show off your project in the booth (and to the audience of podcast listeners). You can also introduce your project by means of a poster, or by scheduling a time to meet the community.

The latest Java Mobility Podcast is
Java Mobility Podcast 39: CQME, Conformance and Quality and jtharness projects in the M&E Community.
Kevin Looney, Brian Kurotsuchi, and Mikhail Gorshenev talk about CQME and jtharness projects and their uses as a TCK testing tool and the possibility of using it for testing applications.

In Java Today,

Neal Gafter has posted an update to the BGGA closures proposal in the blog entry, Closures: Control Abstraction, Method References, Puzzler Solution. "The Java Closures prototype now supports control abstraction and
implements restricted closures and function types. The syntax has
changed slightly. Also, as hinted in the
draft JSR
, there is now support for eta abstraction, which
is called method reference in
Colebourne's FCM proposal
. We haven't updated the
specification, so this will serve
as a brief tutorial on the changes until we do. I don't know if this
will be the syntax we will end up with, but it will do for now. Finally,
we look at solutions to the closure puzzler in my previous post."

The Spontaneousware project is an abstract framework platform targeted to develop middleware systems for mobile computing and mobile ad-hoc networks. Its architecture is designed to be a platform-independent and it can be implemented to any appropriate device and object-oriented language - for example, is possible to have an interoperable implementation for Java, Symbian or Windows Mobile. The project objective is to construct the first implementation of Spontaneousware aiming a middleware system for Java ME platform and Bluetooth network using JSR-82 API.

The latest edition, issue 162 of the JavaTools Community Newsletter is out, with tool-related news from around the web, a call to sign up mini-talks in the JavaOne Community Corner, new projects in the community, a graduation (CodeSimian), and a Tool Tip on handling users' issues for your project by using Kohsuke Kawaguchi's "issue police" daemon.

In today's Weblogs, James Gosling talks about how to
Have a little fun, bring a little peace with a Java-based game he's discovered.
"If you've ever wanted to improve your understanding of conflict in the Middle East (or anywhere, really), there's a cool reality-based game called PeaceMaker that you should try. They've got some interesting videos on YouTube."

Gregg Sporar discusses his recent
Return to Big D.
"It is one year later and I got invited back to do another presentation for the Java Metroplex Users Group. The topic this time: memory leaks."

Finally, Giovani Salvador discusses
Java and the need for Dependency Injection.
"I have to admit that I never used Spring. Why? Because I never had to. All that I needed to do was supported by EJB Containers or the so called Heavy Weight Containers. Maybe I don't how happy I can be if I use Spring but so far services provived by Java EE containers were enough."

In today's Forums,
bernard_horan announces the
Wonderland Movie Recorder.
"We're pleased to announce the release of the Wonderland Movie Recorder. The recorder is described in the updated User's Guide: The movie recorder has been tested on all the usual platforms--however, on Windows it is known to perform slowly when using some graphics cards. Please let us know of any problems or issues. If performance is seen to be a major problem, we'll do our best to address it."

jim_weaver says Java FX is on the right track, in the reply
Re2: Issues encountered with JavaFX Compiler.
"Based upon the solid and accelerating progress being made by the JavaFX Script compiler team, and the status of the other piece of the rich-client Java puzzle (Java SE 6 u10), I have a high comfort level that a stable 1.0 version will be available in the timeframe in which you need it. In my opinion, compiled JavaFX Script in its current state will support the prototyping and design activities associated with an RIA project quite nicely."

Finally, swv asks for ideas about a
desktop logging architecture?
"Desktop apps can throw errors, some of which the remotely located developer would like to know about, for instance, if the error takes down the app! Most programs now have the ability to pop up a little dialog and ask the end user if he/she wants to send an error notification to the author of the app. My question is- is there an accepted best practice in terms of architecting this functionality? I've seen suggestions articles for everything from plugging into yahoo chat messenger to email to posting to a remote server."

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