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Posted by editor on June 16, 2006 at 7:52 AM PDT

How's the Java EE 5 bandwagon?

The long-awaited, much-scrutinized Java EE 5 went final at JavaOne, so a month later, it's fair to ask how it's going over.

Early word seems to be positive, now that the bits are out there and are being consumed by the enterprise Java audience. One of our Also in
Java Today
news items surveys the response to EE 5 and finds developers enthusiastic about the new release. According to Early Java EE 5 Users Praise Platform's Overhaul:

IS Squared President Steve Knox expects Java EE 5--particularly the Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) 3.0 specification that lies at its heart--to lower the cost of Java projects that his Lynnwood, Wash.-based software development firm works on.

"The code is much simpler," Knox said. "That means we'll have shortened code development times, with faster debugging, better quality and lower costs."

We're interested in whether you've picked up EE 5... especially considering that the reference implementation is hosted here on as the GlassFish project... so

today's Poll asks "When will you start using Java EE 5?" Cast your vote on the front page, then check out the results page for results and discussion.

Also in Also in
Java Today
the Nutrun blog has compiled a list of real-world Java developer gripes that assert You're not a "real" Java developer until... So, if "you missed Generics with a passion after you had to work with a JDK < 1.5 for a while" or "you feel old when you consider that a native method that gets the free disk space on your hard drive has been requested eight years ago and it’s almost here now…", then congratulations, you're a real Java developer.

In Projects and

NetBeans 5.0 users may now enjoy new features of Matisse GUI Builder. They are available on NetBeans 5.0 Beta Update Center as Matisse Update Pack for NetBeans 5.0. Features include automatic internationalization, preview with look and feel, relative font definition, context sensitive help bar, support for Java SE 6 layout, and more...

The OASIS Web Services for Remote Portlets technical committee reportedly has approved a draft of version 2.0 of the Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) 2.0 for public review. The new version allows for more interactive remote-portlet applications. The review runs through August 13, and more information is available at the TC's site.

In today's Forums,
stvconsultants recalls the point of servlets in the thread
Re: Running a background thread and shutting down when undeployed:
"What I ask is, what is a servlet if not a JavaEE method for listening to a port. Traditionally, we use it to listen to port 80 for HTTP protocol communications, but that is just because most people want to do that. It seems to me that if you are holding a port open, you want to use the JavaEE mechanisms that map well to having ports open and, as originally designed, servlets are therefore what you'd use!"

coxcu asks
Would anyone like to recommend a java.util.logging viewer?
"I'm looking for a java.util.logging viewer. Would anyone like to recommend one? Is there anything that would allow me to log using the java.util.logging API, yet use Log4J tools? With log4j, I can use Chainsaw, LogFactor5, or Lumbermill."

David Van Couvering announces that Java DB is bundled in Mustang in today's Weblogs. "The JDK now has a database. Java DB is going into the Java SE 6 JDK. As of this evening or tomorrow evening, when you download the Mustang nightly build, Java DB will be there, available for development, testing, and deployment."

Evan Summers continues his discussion of data binding approaches in
Bean Curd 1F: Swing Panel Beater:
"In this article, we look at viewing and editing an entity using a Swing "form." This is a JPanel with components like JTextField, JComboBox, and JCheckBox. You guessed it, we gonna bind those to a POJO "model bean" using "explicit properties" absorbed into our field components and "implicit binding" using reflection on the fields."

Finally, Changshin Lee has the
Truth about "format-pretty-output":
"I got so much feedback from my recent blog, and it inspired me to write another. The most noticeable comment on the blog is to use JAXP transformer to serialize Document, and in fact I couldn't agree on the solution more because I also used it."

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How's the Java EE 5 bandwagon?