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Posted by editor on March 17, 2006 at 6:37 AM PST


Putting on my community leader hat

Lots of us who work on java.net wear multiple hats. Along with editing the site, I'm a co-leader of the Mac Java Community, as well as the owner of an incubated project (more on that when it graduates).

It's always nice when a project request comes in for the Mac Java Community -- we've mostly been a news page, but we've gained a few new interesting projects in the last few months, which gives me some encouragement that the idea of the community is clicking.

It also means that when I post something to the Mac Java Community page, I can re-use it for the front page and carve 20 or 30 minutes of project research off my much more than 40-hour week. And that's a bonus.

So what's the new Project? Woof! By that, I mean that the Woof project improves life for developers using Apple technologies by allowing you to use FileMaker as a data-store for WebObjects. Along with a JDBCPlugIn for WebObjects, it provides a FileMaker JDBC driver "which is faster, less buggy, and more standards-compliant than the previous JDBC driver from FileMaker."


Also in Projects and
Communities
,
Kohsuke Kawaguchi blogs about what may be the JAXB 2.0 reference implementation in his blog entry JAXB RI 2.0 release candidate posted. "Unit test failures are down to 0, SQE tests are down to 0, and TCK tests are down to 1. All the lights are almost green, except this one TCK failure."


The latest java.net Poll asks "What kind of device do you do most of your programming on?" Cast your vote on the front page, then visit the results page for results and discussion.


In Also in
Java Today
...
have you ever worked on a day job project that had less discipline and organization than the open source project you hack on by night? You're not alone. "Applied Software Project Management" authors Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene write: "It is rare to find a corporate environment where the project team has anything approaching the level of planning, documentation, or review found in successful open source projects. For some reason, as soon as a budget and a deadline are involved, all of the lessons we've learned over the years and applied successfully to open source projects seem to fly out the window." They take the lessons of open source back to the enterprise in the ONLamp article What Corporate Projects Should Learn from Open Source.

Are IT professionals ready to build and maintain business relationships, manage and deliver IT operations, and plan the future architecture and infrastructure? CIO's don't entirely thnk so. The article Survey: CIOs Concerned over IT Skills Gap cites a recent CIO survey conducted by the Harvey Nash Group, and funded by PriceWatergouseCoopers showing that "CIOs are expressing a growing concern over the skills gaps on their IT teams between key sills they view as important and the capability of their team members to deliver on those skills."


In today's Forums,
edwardaux talks about
Getting started... with JAXB:
"We are thinking of using JAXB to provide the marshalling/unmarshalling to XML for our business objects. We have existing objects that we would like to keep - my reading suggests that we can get it to work using the JAXB annotations. Is that right? I've searched and searched, but I can't find any examples or guides on how to get started doing this. I have seen some tutorials on generating the classes from XSD files, but nothing for beginners when using JAXB annotation (that I could find). Does anyone have any pointers to existing documentation, or samples? Many thanks."

In
Streaming binary content to WebBrowser (feature request), mcalmus writes:
"I have a dynamically created PDF file I would like to open in the WebBrowser component without writing the data to disk. The setContent method would seem a reasonable place to put this, but it does not really work in its current implementation. I would like to see a setContent(byte[] content) method (or similar) to set a raw block of data directly to the web browser much as if it had been streamed from the server."


Jacob Hookom writes about The New Servlet for MVC Frameworks
in today's Weblogs.
"No one will argue that there are a lot of different approaches within MVC frameworks, but their foundations are extremely familiar. All of them seem to start from a basic Servlet or Filter and work up. This is 2006-- here's an alternative."

In
Microsoft Imagine Cup 2006 launched, Alexander Schunk writes:
"Microsoft has launched this year's Imagine Cup final round for student developers. It would be nice to see an equal challenge for students using Java technology."

Chet Haase wonders about
Web Too? Oh.
"I have been trying for some time to divine the true meaning of the phrase "Web 2.0". I finally get it."


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Putting on my community leader hat