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Posted by editor on September 9, 2008 at 6:47 AM PDT

NetBeans World Tour and Sun Tech Days hit the road

In all the hype about JavaOne, it's easy to overlook that the annual San Francisco-based conference is not easy or practical for many Java developers to attend. That's why Sun Tech Days are such an interesting counterpart. Whereas JavaOne has a hefty registration fee and requires attendees to come to it, Sun Tech Days have been largely free (except for some special training programs) and go out into the world to bring Java to developers where they live.

The next set of Sun Tech Days has been announced, and as in the past, the focus is on getting out to where the developers are. In particular, this year's schedule provides particularly good coverage of Asia, with two stops in China, and one each in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, India, and Israel.

So what's in Sun Tech Days? Well, for one thing, is announcing a new NetBeans World Tour as part of the next round of Sun Tech Days. They say, "join us again when we come to you with href="../../../kb/docs/screencasts.html">demos of upcoming features, IDE
tips & tricks, and special guests such as James Gosling. After the wildly popular series of NetBeans events between href="../javaone/2005/nb-day.html">NetBeans Software Day San Francisco
in 2005, 2006, href="../javaone/2007/nb-day.html">2007, and href="../javaone/2008/nb-day.html">2008,
the NetBeans team will once again hit the road for a World Tour in

Also in Java Today,

James Falkner and Prashant Dinghe will give an
Overview of WebSynergy
Thursday morning - 11am PT, Sept 11th, 2008.
You can join us via a concall (free if in the US, caller-paid overseas) or online via
TheAquarium @ uStream.TV.
For more details check out the
OverviewOfWebSynergy page at
the The Aquarium wiki.

"Choosing the right data interchange format is an important design decision when building any network-aware software. This is especially true when designing mobile and embedded applications, where attributes such as lightweight and efficient are important characteristics to consider." In a new SDN article, Using JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) in Java ME for Data Interchange, C. Enrique Ortiz addresses these concerns, arguing that JSON's lightweight characteristics make it very attractive for mobile and embedded applications in general.

Kito D. Mann wraps up last week's JSFOne in today's Weblogs. In JSFOne 2008 -- great fun, deep content, he writes, "JSFOne 2008 ended on Saturday, and I have to say it was a great show, even if it the whole thing seemed entirely too surreal."

Meanwhile, Terrence Barr looks ahead to two
Berlin conferences: Berlin.jar and OSiM World. "It's been nice and quiet for a couple of weeks - no travel. Now the conference circuit is starting up again and so in a week I will head up to Berlin, Germany for two conferences."

terrencebarr also tops today's Forums, explaining that ahead-of-time static compilation is no panacea, in fact, it has major downsides. In Re: Why not get rid of the JVM and JIT for mobile device?, he writes, "you have some good questions but consider that Java already runs on billions of mobile devices today so obviously the cornerstones of the Java VM runtime can't be all that wrong. First, a JVM isn't "too big" for mobile devices ... as witnessed by the fact that Java runs quite well even on lower-end phones today - modern VM technology is very smart about memory usage, dynamic compilation, and runtime optimizations. Also, what's "big" is typically not the VM but the libraries - and you have those in any language or runtime (including native)."

abhayani announces the latest release from the Mobicents project in
Mobicents Media Server 1.0.0.BETA4 released. "We are happy to announce release of Mobicents Media Server All (MMS) v1.0.0.BETA4. This mobicents-media-server-all-1.0.0.BETA4 binary [contains] * Mobicents Media Server * Examples for Mobicents Media Server * Controllers which includes MGCP controller and Media Server Controller which is local (in JVM) controller for MMS * Resource Adaptors required by examples. This is a complete Media Server which includes the JBoss AS 4.2.2.GA and Mobicents Core Server 1.2.CR1 (JAIN SLEE)."

Finally, Clive Brettingham-Moore discusses schema hackery in
Re: customizing with JAXB to return string value. "There are ways to customise complex content mapping, but they are very involved (eg ), and pointless unless there is any chance the elements will actually have complex content (ie child elements; the names given don't make that look likely). Unless it is likely that the elements will have complex content in future (in which case a mapping to a string would be weird), you can just use you own local doctored version of the schema that sets the types of the elements."

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NetBeans World Tour and Sun Tech Days hit the road