Ray Gans' blog entry Where We Are With the JDK offers a major status update for the JDK projects -- Mustang (Java SE 6) and Dolphin (Java SE 7) -- and is effectively required reading, in order to set expectations of what's coming, when, and how:
Sun began the Mustang project (Java SE 6) on java.net over a year ago when we started releasing weekly binary and source snapshots that included bug fixes and minor enhancements to Tiger (Java SE 5). Over time we've introduced major features described by new and existing JSRs that are part of the Mustang release. For those of you who have been watching the blogs, articles, JavaOne presentations and Mustang snapshots, you've seen these new features unfold.
Details are in the blog, but the basic roadmap for Mustang is a beta in February, a likely summer beta, and Mustang final in autumn. Meanwhile, the Dolphin project is set to open in Spring, with some fixes applied to both the Mustang beta and the nascent Dolphin for the time that the projects run concurrently. Following Mustang's release, the focus moves to Dolphin, with an expected release in 2008.
So, what's your priority? Need a bug fix soon? Track Mustang. Want a new feature? It's not going to be in Mustang if it's not already there, so speak up in the newly-renamed Java SE forum (formerly the Mustang forum) and help explain what you need in Java and why.
Also in Projects and Communities,
the NetBeans Community home page has noted the release of NetBeans 5.0 RC 2. The new version includes the Matisse GUI builder, better support for JSF and Struts, speedier code completion, better support for refactoring, version control, and debugging, and more. Supported app servers include WebLogic 9, JBoss 4, and Sun Application Server 8.2. Final release is expected later this month.
In today's Forums,
Is mustang RC ?
"As Ray Gans points out, the beta will be released on february, but some latest builds of mustang displays it as RC. So, what is RC on "java -version" for mustang latest builds ?"
jwentingcontinues to argue against putting a simple database in core Java. In
Re: Embedded basic java db engine inside Jdk, he writes:
"I've never seen a non-trivial application that used an embedded database except for temporary storage or storage of configuration data. Things they are useful for are mainly restricted to mobile applications that need a repository of data which can be easily synchronised with a central server when that server can be reached yet allow the user to keep working in an offline mode. For such applications embedded systems are already available and plentiful, ranging from small open source systems like Hsqldb to full blown commercial OODBMSs like Borland JDatastore."
Daniel Steinberg's blog Don't Give us your Tired Your Poor rejects facile taunts that Java isn't "cool" anymore. "I think I'm hypersensitive about this right now because I'm trying to recruit cool Java talks for this year's OSCON in Portland. Now that Java is so commonly seen as an important part of many enterprise applications, that is all that folks see it as." Having spoken with fellow OSCON program committee member Kathy Sierra about great Java apps, Daniel says, "sure, we're going to also look at the Harmony and Eclipse proposals - but give us something to show these Ruby and Perl folks. Give us something to show them that Java is still a compelling language and programming environment."
iBATIS tends to get lost in persistence discussions, walking as it does a middle line between rolling your own JDBC and throwing control over to Hibernate. In Spring: Integrating iBATIS, an excerpt from Spring: A Developer's Notebook, authors Bruce Tate and Justin Gehtland show you how to install iBATIS, use it in a Spring application, and explain why you might want to go this SQL-intense route.
Ed Burns shows his appreciation in today's Weblogs. In
NetBeans Team is So Responsive to Bugs!, he gives
"a shout out to the NetBeans team for being really responsive to bug reports. I don't know how you do it, and do it so consistently!"
In O'Reilly offers pre-publication access to manuscripts, Scott Schram writes:
"O'Reilly has introduce a new service called "Rough Cuts" that gives pre-publication access to books as they are being written."
Marina Sum has tips for using Sun Java System Application Server and Third-Party ORBs:
"The configuration procedure as described in a recent article is straightforward. Sun Java System Application Server is certainly versatile!"
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