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Like a phoenix from the ashes, perhaps like NetBeans itself, the NetBeans Mobile is once again on the road - I just uploaded my first new photos of the white lines in the middle of the road :-) I owe a huge thanks to the folks at Jantz Auto in Kenosha, Wisconsin who put a new engine in it over the last month - and were kind enough to notice that the clutch was shot and that they had new-old...
on Oct 23, 2007
New on NetBeans.tv is an interview with Roman Strobl, NetBeans evangelist, conducted by my writer colleague, Ed Ort, at Sun Tech Days in Milan in late September. In the interview, Roman highlighted many of the new or enhanced capabilities in NetBeans 6.0 IDE, including the following— Support for the Swing Application Framework, which makes for much easier and faster development of Java GUI...
on Oct 19, 2007
Having been working inside an IDE for a while now, I felt very unproductive, when I recently made the switch to Ruby development for a living. In the past 6 months or so, I have tried every Ruby IDE out there and I found all of them to be lacking in quality. I was quite frustrated especially when editing rhtml files and the IDE would crawl to a halt and in some cases even run out of memory. I...
on Oct 2, 2007
Out of sheer morbid curiosity, I wondered what it would take to replace ActiveRecord with JPA in the classic blog demo. Jeroen Zwartepoorte, a developer I met last week at RailsConf, convinced me to go ahead and publish my results. In almost all cases, I tried to keep the view and controller code similar to what you would expect from generated scaffolding, so all of the JPA code is isolated in...
on Sep 26, 2007
Bonjour, Comment Java? jMaki 1.0 is out! All features are in. jMaki is an Ajax framework that provides a lightweight model for creating JavaScript centric Ajax-enabled web applications using Java, Ruby, PHP, and Phobos. Ant, NetBeans 5.5, NetBeans 5.5.1, NetBeans 6.0 Beta 1 and above, Eclipse 3.3/WTP 2.0 are all supported. Check it now, Ludo
on Sep 25, 2007
Bonjour, comment Java? GlassFish V2 released today, and is already bundled in the NetBeans 6.0 Beta 1 also releasing today... GlassFish V2 is the second major release of the Java EE 5 application server, with more features packaged per byte than ever... And still, a bundle with the NetBeans 6.0 Beta 1 that provides complete Java EE 5 developement environment is less than 100Mb... 95Mb... Hard...
on Sep 17, 2007
By the end of the year, blueMarine should hopefully spin off another sub-project: ForceTen, focused on the world of map rendering and geotagging. To tell the truth, I hoped to be able to spin it off earlier, but this month of September has been (and still is) extremely busy. At the moment I have only been able to move the relevant sources to a specific Subversion project (https://forceten.dev....
on Sep 16, 2007
With a blown engine in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the NetBeans Mobile is going for a bit of TLC for a few weeks, but will be back on the road in October. For the gory details, see the JavaLobby thread.
on Sep 14, 2007
In Avoca, Iowa. Travelling is always an adventure, and this is no exception. I bought some Gatorade and nuts at the truck stop yesterday (the dinner of champions!). Two guys wearing turbans entered the store at about the time I brought my items to the counter. The woman selling me the things said, "You know it still scares me when I see people who look like that. And I'm not a racist person...
on Sep 10, 2007
An update on the NetBeansMobile: I expect to actually hit the road tomorrow or Sunday, depending on how much I get done between now and then. Kinko's didn't have the graphics ready on Wednesday, so I picked them up yesterday evening, and am about to try not to screw up sticking them on the vehicle. Wish me luck! Meanwhile, the NetBeansMobile is inspiring commentary: Dion compares my little...
on Aug 31, 2007
I'm going to doing a road trip - part me moving to the east coast of the U.S., part NetBeans World Tour. So I'm loading up this truck with NetBeans books and t-shirts (along with my earthly posessions). And it will have a web cam and gps tracking installed, and will regularly upload photos out the windshield and its location to a web site... Yes, this is truly geeky... I'd love to get...
on Aug 29, 2007
The Visual Library is one of the coolest things that the NetBeans guys delivered with NetBeans 6. It is a rich API which allows you to create a sort of "blackboard" where objects can be added, removed, edited, moved, resized, and connected in a visual graph. The cream on the cake is that you can use the Visual Library even in regular Swing applications by just adding the related JAR to the...
on Aug 21, 2007
I have been in the open source world for a long time. Pretty much since I first installed Slackware in my sophomore year of college (I'll leave calculating that year and my age as an exercise to the reader). I have always felt that open source and commercial interests, when managed properly, can have a wonderful balance that benefits both the consumer, developers, and companies. That's one of...
on Aug 17, 2007
Since I've been studying the Rails framework, I've had an interest in integration with Java. Yes, JRuby is one possible solution, but if you have some large Java system that you want to integrate with, it' unlikely that you're just going to get the jar files to access that system's APIs. More likely is that system will expose itself as a service, and the service type du jour is REST. So, in...
on Aug 16, 2007
Bonjour, comment Java? jMaki went for some vacation in Corsica, close to Ajaccio, the Ajax city. jMaki really enjoyed the break, far from the work environment, even if jMaki could not resist checking Email once a day in cyber cafes in front of the magnificent Ajaccio gulf. Meanwhile, around the globe, engineers were still actively adding features and docs, for example:...
on Jul 31, 2007
I’m very happy to report that NetBeans developers have unrolled the changes that broke the Substance NetBeans module (reported in early May on NetBeans bug tracker). And so, if you’re using the daily builds of NetBeans 6.0 (after July 26th), you can install the latest development drop of Substance 4.0 module (code-named Key Largo). Many thanks to NetBeans team and Standa Aubrecht in...
on Jul 28, 2007
So, REST based web services are simpler than SOAP, right? Then why's it so difficult to create a REST based web service in Java? Using tools I can crank out a SOAP based web service in seconds - not so easy with REST. But help is on the way. JSR 311: JAX-RS: The Java API for RESTful Web Services aims to simplify the process. Paul Sandoz, co-specification lead along with Marc Hadley, does a nice...
on Jul 18, 2007
I was pleasantly surprised with my first real interaction with JavaFX Script. Of course, I had to test at least one of its i18n features, so I picked something simple, Unicode text in the script. My goal was simple. Find out whether I could successfully create a simple "Hello, world" using non-ASCII characters. I picked Japanese since I'm familiar with that language. The translation accuracy...
on Jul 12, 2007
Selection lists (drop down boxes) are common to just about every web application. In this entry I extend the web log I've been building to include a category selection list. Setting Things Up I'm going to begin from where I left off in my previous post: An Introduction to Using AJAX with Rails. Alternatively, you can start from BlogDemoAJAX.zip, which is the completed project from that post...
on Jul 10, 2007
The Rails framework comes bundled with the Prototype and Scriptaculous Javascript libraries. In this entry I'll introduce how to use those libraries in a Rails application. Setting Things Up I'm going to begin from where I left off in my previous post: Rails and Model Relationships. Alternatively, you can start from BlogDemoComments.zip, which is the completed project from that post. Test...
on Jul 6, 2007