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Special November 2006 Coverage, Day Five

Posted by editor on November 17, 2006 at 8:48 AM PST

Wrapping up our special event

Today's the last day for our special look on the java.net front page. On Monday, we'll be back to our regular mode, so we can catch up with developments in the projects and communities, and news in the Java world in general (such as new developments regarding JSR-277 and closures in Java SE 7). But we'll also be keeping a close eye on the newly GPL'ed projects that are part of the java.net community: the OpenJDK project and Mobile & Embedded community, as well as GlassFish the already open-source Java EE implementation that will soon be adding GPL to its license options.

But there's still stuff to talk about regarding Monday's release itself. Mark Reinhold's blog goes Behind the Scenes to show what Sun had to do to pull off the open-source launch:

Rich Green's statement at JavaOne '06 that, "at this point, it is not a question of whether, but it is a question of how," was--truth be told--a bit of a surprise. Many of us here on the Java team at Sun had seen this coming for a few years, but few expected it this year. 

Meanwhile, the plaudits for the GPL release are continuing to roll in. JBoss' Sacha Labourey offers up props in the blog FOSS Java, Finally!. Also, he latest regular installment of the Java Posse podcast, Java Posse #094 - Newscast for November 16th 2006, kicks off with the Posse's own discussion of this week's open-source Java release.

On the Mobile & Embedded side, HInkmond Wong blogs about a social mapping application in Using Java ME technology: "Using location-based technologies, Loopt is unveiling the service that enables users to see where their friends are by automatically updating maps on their mobile handsets and on the Web." Also on the topic of ME, Jacob Lehrbaum, Sr. Product Line Manager at Sun Microsystem for Advanced Phones shares his thoughts in a YouTube video about the announcement of the phoneME project and the availability of an open source implementation of Java ME Technology.

On the EE side, Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart has charts on GlassFish Trend Stats and the F/OSS Announcement showing that the term "GlassFish" is showing in more Google searches and blog entries. Eduardio also has a blog about OpenSourcing Java and Language Design..., in which he predicts that "rhe OpenSourcing of the Java Platform may very well lead to a new wave of Programming Language designs. "

Finally, checking in with some of the GPL'ed pieces that we haven't yet featured on the front page, check out the JavaHelp project, an online help system that developers can use to add online help to their Java platform applications. Then in the OpenJDK community, we're pointing out the jtreg test harness. Its page says "this framework is intended primarily for regression tests. It can also be used for unit tests, functional tests, and even simple product tests -- in other words, just about any type of test except a conformance test, which belong in a TCK."

Thanks for joining us for the special event this week. See you next week.


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