A couple of interesting news bits have accumulated over the last couple of days ... I'd like to quickly summarize them so they don't get lost:
- Of course, one of the top news items this time of year must be JavaOne (and its co-event CommunityOne). JavaOne runs May 6 through 9, while CommunityOne happens the day before JavaOne, on May 5. Registration for both events is still possible. For JavaOne you currently get a $100 price break before May 5, and CommunityOne is a free event that even gets you free access to the general sessions and the pavilion at JavaOne. As last year I am compiling a "Mobile and Embedded Guide to JavaOne" - hopefully ready in one or two days. Check back with this blog soon.
- Project Marge just celebrated its one-year birthday. Marge was one of the first external projects in the Java Mobile & Embedded Community and it's been evolving very nicely since thanks to the active project owners Bruno Ghisi (blog) and Lucas Torri (blog). Bruno, of course, is also one of our community stars! Marge 0.5 has just been released and has a number of improvements and fixes over the previous version - announcement is here. Also, check out Bruno's "Building a Java ME Bluetooth chat in 12 minutes ..."
- While we're on the subject of Bruno's blog ... He has put together a slick tutorial on building and running your first Sun SPOT application using NetBeans 6 and the very latest Sun SPOT SDK 3.0 Beta, complete with screen shots, settings, and emulator set-up. If you've always wanted to play with Sun SPOTs - this is your chance!
- Finally, I'd like to make sure you are aware of SigTest project which went live just a few days ago. SigTest is a general-purpose tool that can compare any two API implementations and list their differences. This functionality is useful in a number of cases, for example to verify that a new version of an API truly only has the expected changes and remains backward compatible. SigTest is released under GPLv2 with the classpath exception so you can use it easily for your own projects. And it is supported by an active group of Sun QA engineers.
That's all for today's news roundup. Please stay tuned for the "Mobile and Embedded Guide to JavaOne" that I will publish within a few days - and I hope you will find it useful to plan your JavaOne visit.