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Pressure Drop

Posted by editor on April 28, 2006 at 7:37 AM PDT


Flip the calandar, notice JavaOne, don't panic!

This is the last week of April, and if you've pencilled in a trip to JavaOne 2006, then when you flip over to May, you'll see that you have two weeks to go.

Surely this is no surprise to everyone exhibiting at the show, who are presumably in a crunch time that's only going to get crunchier as May 16th approaches.

We're continuing to make plans for the java.net Community Corner, and you can follow that link to sign up to present a 20-minute mini-talk about your project, or submit pictures from your project for use in the slide-show in the booth. We're also working on ways to get some of the content from the community corner out to people not attending the show, and we'll hopefully have some news on this in the next two weeks.

Over on dev2dev, BEA's Bill Roth has written a blog about his many JavaOnes, in which he rolls up a running history of the show in JavaOne: A look back, and predictions for this year. He writes: "JavaOne descends upon us like the monsoon. It's a force of nature and you'd better be prepared for it. BEA is a Platinum sponsor again this year, another sign of our continuing fealty and devotion to the Java Platform and its community. I have been at every JavaOne since 1995, and the show has changed quite a bit. It is also interesting to recall who Sun's cast of characters was at the individual shows."


As for the other item
in Also in
Java Today
,
EJB brings scalability, security, and support for transactions, but traditionally it has also required a pedantic assortment of deployment descriptors, implementation of rarely used callbacks, and the resulting code is ill-suited to testing outside of a container. EJB 3.0 addresses these complaints in a major reworking of the framework, and these changes are described by Vimala Ranganathan and Anurag Pareek in the dev2dev article An Introduction to the Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 Specification.


In Projects and
Communities
,
a forum post announcces the availability of Java3D's latest binary build, 1.5.0-build2. Poster paulby notes "This is the release we will include with lg3d 0.8.0 so please focus your testing around this version." The 1.5 roadmap in the project Wiki includes a JOGL-based renderer, texture optimizations, and a refactoring to stop using finalize() to clean up state.

Kulvir Singh Bhogal and Mark Talbot's article Build and test JSR 168-compliant portlets with Apache Pluto offers a guided tour to portlet testing. It shows how to install Pluto and build, compile, package, and deploy a simple portlet to Pluto to test it for JSR 168 compliance. It also looks at the next portlet spec, JSR 286.


The latest java.net Poll asks "Where are Java's best growth prospects?" Cast your vote on the front page, then visit the results page for results and discussion.


In today's Forums,
neilweber is trying to figure out
JDIC Deployment:
"I would like to use the JDIC System Tray and Desktop functionality in the cross-platform application I am writing. The application will be deployed via Webstart. Looking at JDIC, I'm not 100% how it's intended to be deployed. I see there are a number of OS-specific binary downloads. I could combine these all into a single jdic.jar and jdic-native.jar. I could create a jdic-windows.jar, a jdic-linux.jar, a jdic-macosx.jar, and put all of the native code into jdic-native.jar. What's the intention?"

In Re: Comm-API: Windows download missing, dsg123456789 tries to put together the Windows support story for javax.comm:
"If I remember correctly, Sun has not and does not plan to release a Windows implementation of that api. I think that there are numerous third party implementation, however. rxtx.org came up in a google search for serial port libraries, as did several forum posts that javax.comm was to be discontinued for Windows in v3.0."


John Reynolds concerns himself with
Teaching Kids to be Thoughtful Programmers
in today's Weblogs.
"Today's kids are amazingly creative technophiles... If you have any doubts about that, just check out some of the videos posted at sites like YouTube... They are obviously great film-makers, but how do we get them to be great programmers?"

In Subversive SVN Mason Glaves gets a big idea:
"Every so often, you are just going through your day like you always do, doing the same thing over and over again, and then suddenly it dawns on you.... THE IDEA. The big one that you can't believe how blindlingly obvious it was before you noticed it. That's what happened to me today."

Dru Devore blogs about an idea for a
Self Describing Data Object (SDDO):
"I have created an object to pass dynamic data to and from Web Services. I am blogging it because I want to know how others feel about this type of object."


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Flip the calandar, notice JavaOne, don't panic!