The JavaTM platform has always supported Unicode, but the newest changes for Unicode 4.0 deserve special comment. Unicode itself has evolved to support over a million different code points or basic characters. The code point range is now 0x0000 through 0x10FFFF.
Some major changes were required for J2SE 1.5 to provide support for all Unicode 4.0 code points. Since changes could potentially affect...
on Apr 16, 2004
Luxor is a useful tool: it really increases your productivity. Usage is simple: define your user interface in an XML file, add some Java meat around it and you have it running. Everything's nice and clean as long as you have only one human language to support.
Part of an XML user interface definition
<vbox > <spacer style="height:10px;" /> <button...
on Mar 23, 2004
Earlier this week Havoc Pennington, who's responsible for Red Hat's
desktop group and is the founder of freedesktop.org, published an
article inviting debate about future GNOME Linux Desktop development
called "Java, Mono, or C++" (
Mono is an open source project sponsored by Novell to build a clone of
Microsoft's .NET platform for Linux. Mono...
on Mar 19, 2004
Return To Hot Chicken (Noodle Soup)
I'm a bit under the weather this week, which is really quite unfortunate since said weather is amazingly springlike here in San Francisco. Illness seems to hamper my coding abilities, so I figure I'll take this time to catch up on my blogging.
Whatever Happened To Pong?
So what's new in the world of client side Java, you ask? The best place to start is...
on Mar 9, 2004
Patrick Luby let me know that he's released v0.8 of NeoOffice/J, the Java-front-ended version of OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X. And that he's added Clipboard support! WoooHoo! Way to go Patrick! It's getting sooo close.
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on Jan 30, 2004
I hear from my friend Neal that the webcast next Tuesday showing Java Desktop System should be good. Apparently Jonathan Schwartz and Peder Ulander will be showing several demos of JDS in action and also demoing the Looking Glass 3D desktop prototype (which Hideya continues to enhance - he's added a panning virtual desktop now as well and is exploring using the reverse of windows to display...
on Jan 29, 2004
Microsoft is redefining the application interface around rich clients, and if Java does not have an answer, it faces being cut off from end users. The answer lies in matching Microsoft's richness while trumping it on security.
FYI, I just published an article in Java Developers Journal: The Rich Client Strikes Back.
on Jan 15, 2004
My friend Max has a new 17" Powerbook so we spent the afternoon gathering the extra software he wanted to get up to fully productive speed. Among the downloads was NeoOffice/J v0.7.1, Patrick Luby's latest release of his Java-front-ended OpenOffice.org. The new version loads and runs way faster than the previous one and I'd really recommend it to Mac users as its compatibility with MS Office is...
on Jan 4, 2004
I've been playing with Swing a lot lately for my
new series of articles. In my research I came across another
interesting class java.awt.Robot. It's a class that can
automate the UI, mainly for testing. One particularly cool feature
is the mouseMove function. Once I saw this I got evil
ideas. :) Imagine rogue java programs that move the mouse cursor to
mystify and befuddle the user. Spelling...
on Dec 9, 2003
Well, Sun is releasing their so-called Java Desktop System this week. What, exactly, is the "Java Desktop System"? Plain and simple: it is Sun's Linux distribution focused on desktop users. Of course, Sun has too much invested in things like Solaris (which is losing market share since The Bust (and I'm not even going into the loss of mind share)) and Java for them to be clear in their...
on Dec 1, 2003
True confession: I love my Mozilla mail filter panel.(For non-mozilla users,
this is the ever-present textfield that filters my message
headers as I type, making it so very easy to find messages quickly).
I'm also wildly fond of browser smart-fields that use auto-complete to
recall my userid/password at the umpteen different websites where
my memory always shorts. Auto-complete in general has...
on Nov 18, 2003
have recently embarked on a fairly significant project. I took some time to
research various frameworks and developers' opinions on the matter of writing
user interfaces. I was not only looking for opinions how to write an intuitive
user interface, but also on methods or techniques for designing user interfaces
that produce manageable code. I read some of Allen Holub's articles...
on Oct 30, 2003
When starting a new project, the User Interface decision is always a big one. Should we use Swing? Or should we develop a web-based solution? Some also are correct to argue that web-based doesn't necessarily imply HTML-based. Macromedia-based web solutions are not only viable but a real player. In certain circumstances, the requirements make the choice fairly clear, possibly even mandated...
on Oct 21, 2003
While we're celebrating the third birthday of OpenOffice.org, I'd like to pass huge congratulations to Patrick Luby on the release of v0.7 of NeoOffice/J for Mac OS X. He has single-handedly written a highly usable front-end for the Mac OS X port of OpenOffice.org 1.0.3 (itself an enormous achievement - credit especially to Ed Peterlin and Dan Williams) so that it doesn't require X11 to use. This...
on Oct 13, 2003
Avalon gives Microsoft an opportunity to demonstrate its leverage over the user experience and to shake up competitors.
There is a lot of buzz in the Microsoft community these days in advance of the first public educational events around 'Avalon', one of the many new pieces of the Longhorn version of Windows. Avalon is the new Windows API, and it apparently represents a major jump in UI...
on Sep 29, 2003
Do not expect any order or rhyme or reason for the content that follows. I've been away from the blogging game for several weeks, so I have a lot of random thoughts waiting to jump out of my dome (in typical fashion, none of them are well formed). Chet and Hans have been cranking out new blogs left and right, so I feel compelled to keep up with my end-of-the-hall-mates.
On the new OpenGL-...
on Sep 18, 2003
I originally wrote this as one single blog, but as I found out with
my previous BufferedImage articles, I tend to go on much longer
than I inteded at first, so I had to split it up. So now there's
2 parts to this blog: last time's VolatileImage usage discussion,
and this week's VolatileImage FAQ. This week, I thought I'd write
down various reasonable questions about either VolatileImage...
on Sep 17, 2003
Way back when we were first implementing the VolatileImage API,
I had asked to come to the Swing staff meeting so that I could explain
about the new VolatileImage API and why Swing should start using it.
I got up to the whiteboard, drew some pictures (probably horrible,
but it's just a crutch for me when I explain things). I described
this new image type, boiling it down to its basics:
on Sep 9, 2003
Speculation on a strategy for Microsoft to co-opt Linux
Pardon the title. I'm not actually calling anyone stupid. Just couldn't resist co-opting President Clinton's '92 campaign theme.
While writing my previous blog entry on .NET on Linux, I started thinking about what makes up an operating system. Certainly there is the kernel, there are system services, and there is the developer API....
on Sep 4, 2003
A few weeks ago I attended LinuxWorld up in San Francisco. I marched
around the tradeshow and took notes about what I saw, notably the
impressive collection of desktop Java applications on display. If I
was a good blogger or even a disciplined one, I would have immediately
collected my impressions and published them. Sadly I'm easily
distracted and rarely disciplined and so my little...
on Sep 3, 2003