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Posted by editor on March 24, 2008 at 6:37 AM PDT

Community Corner mini-talk sign-ups filling up

Last week, we put the Community Corner at JavaOne on the front page as the Spotlight item, and in a short time, the mini-talks schedule has nearly filled up. Is it the front page visibility, or the fact that the JavaPosse mentioned it in their latest episode.

At any rate, the practical upshot is that there aren't all that many spots left, although some of the posted sessions may be removed soon if they don't post and link to an abstract. That was a hint, people: follow the instructions for attaching an abstract to your sign-up, or you will be removed. And in the next few days, you should start seeing more of the talks being approved and confirmed by the community leaders.

Assuming that the proposed talks all post abstracts and get approved, we have a pretty remarkable collection of topics so far: Greenfoot, Bluetooth, Groovy, Wonderland, JUGs, SunSPOTs, TrackBots, and more. Looks like a really good series, so plan on stopping by the booth or picking up the podcast feed.

In Java Today,
the jMaki project has posted a 1.1 developer release for download. New features include performance and security improvements, the initial release of jMaki Webtop, updating to work with the Yahoo UI 2.5 toolkit, support for Dojo Dijit 1.0.2 widgets, improved documentation, new widgets (breadcrumb, tag cloud, carousel), and more. More details are available in the release notes and Carla Mott's blog.

The latest edition, issue 163, of the JavaTools Community Newsletter is out, with tool-related news from around the web, a graduation (search-tools), and a Tool Tip about a new version of the NetBeans Newsletter in Portugese.

Comet has popularized asynchronous non-blocking HTTP programming, making it practically indistinguishable from reverse Ajax, also known as server push. In the JavaWorld article Asynchronous HTTP and Comet architectures, Gregor Roth takes a wider view of asynchronous HTTP, explaining its role in developing high-performance HTTP proxies and non-blocking HTTP clients, as well as the long-lived HTTP connections associated with Comet. He also discusses some of the challenges inherent in the current Java Servlet API 2.5 and describes the respective workarounds deployed by two popular servlet containers, Jetty and Tomcat.

Today's Weblogs begin with John O'Conner discussing
Beans Binding and my Flex friend.
"I recently wrote a brief introduction to Beans Binding called Synchronizing Properties with Beans Binding. I was enthusiastic about Beans Binding, and then a coworker threw a wet towel on me. The conversation went something like this..."

Arun Gupta checks in with
Ajax World East 2008 - Day 2 Report.
"I delivered my Maki as an Ajax Mashup Framework talk and the slides are available here. Lots of attendees came by afterwards and told me that they enjoyed the demo. The talk showed how jMaki Webtop provides a lightweight mashup framework that runs in the browser."

In another conference dispatch, Carla Mott reports on
Glassfish and jMaki at EclipseCon.
"Today Ludo and I spoke at EclipseCon on Glassfish and jMaki. Our talk was well attended and well received."

In today's Forums,
jjjaime wonders about the viabillity of
Java SE for Windows Mobile?
"Do you know if it's possible to use Java SE in Windows Mobile? I know that it's already available the phoneMe project to provide Java ME in Windows Mobile. But, my question is if it's possible (easily) to deploy Java SE in Windows Mobile and if there's already a binary distribution for this platform."

Everything else runs in Project Wonderland, so mloparco asks about
JME Integration.
"The great thing about Java3D/Wonderland integration is that one could build an entire application in Java3D and then with basically one line of code insert its BranchGroup into Wonderland and have it be functional. Is there anything like that with JME we can do now or soon? If not, what would it take to enable this functionality and when do you think we might see the first signs of its implementation?"

Finally, nazmulidris notes a font-rendering oddity in JDK Update 10, detailed in
b13 - Text antialiasing problems for TTF fonts (loaded via classloader).
"I've been using UpdateN b13 and I'm really impressed with the fantastic looking font rendering on Windows Vista! Great job on the implementation! I've noticed one issue - for the Java app that I'm building, I load TTF files from my hard drive, via a classloader. When I create fonts that are loaded in this way, the antialising/rendering of text doesn't look right. So it looks great for "system loaded fonts", but for custom fonts that I load, the text doesn't look right. I can copy the same exact TTF that Vista uses, and load it via a classloader and text rendering doesn't look right."

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