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Waiting for the Sun

Posted by editor on December 12, 2006 at 7:48 AM PST

Actually, Sun is waiting for your JavaOne proposal

OK, cutting to the chase because we don't have much time left in what, by historical standards, is a pretty short proposal period: the JavaOne 2007 Call for Papers closes this Friday. Speaking at the big show can be a great way to call attention to your project or area of expertise, to meet people with similar interests and exchange ideas and code, and it's worth mentioning that getting approved as a speaker means you'll get a free conference pass too. Plus schwag; the year I spoke it was a laser pointer.

Similarly, I'd like to call your attention back to the Planning JavaOne 2007 Forum, which exists for all members to discuss the kinds of content you'd like to see at the show. Even if you don't think you're going to attend, it's an opportunity for you to indicate what you think should be on the minds of the Java community. Not to mention that you may be able to check out the sessions later, even if you don't go; presentation slides are routinely offered for download, and last year, multimedia versions with speaker audio synched to the slides were available to SDN members. And if you're on the fence about whether to submit a session proposal, you could use the forums to see what people are talking about in your realm of interest, or kick around a topic idea to get feedback.

Speaking of timing reminders, there's one week left to send in your pictures of Duke's holiday for our annual year-end roundup.

Getting back to the JavaOne 2007 discussion Forums, averyregier wants to see sessions on
Alternative VMs:
"I would like to see presentations on Classpath and some of the alternative virtual machines. In past years, these kinds of projects were totally ignored. Perhaps now is a good time to make the larger Java community aware of these projects? Classpath, JNode, Cacao, GCJ, Sablevm, etc."

fcmmok is interested not in other VM's but other languages on the VM, in the message
Re: Tools and Languages, which calls for sessions on:
"1) Language Features in the up coming 7.0 should occupy one sit. 2) also, how about a talk about the new features in Groovy RC 1 / Release 1.0. 3) For me, I really want to see what is coming from JRuby to JVM. I read some blog about JRuby in Jar, and JRoR on Glassfish. They are absolutely awesome. "

caclark has a possible explanation for MIDI problems in Java SE 6 in
Re: MIDI Broken in Mustang??:
"If you read the release notes of mustang (readme.html) there is an entry under JDK redistributables... "jre/lib/audio/ This MIDI soundbank is present in the JDK, but it has been removed from the JRE in order to reduce the size of the JRE download bundle. However, a soundbank file is necessary for MIDI playback, and therefore the JDK's file may be included in redistributions of the JRE at the vendor's discretion. Several versions of enhanced MIDI soundbanks are available from the Java Sound web site. These alternative soundbanks may be included in redistributions of the JRE." I don't know if this is the reason, but could be..."

Today's featured Weblogs are concerned with yesterday's final release of Java SE 6. James Gosling starts off by saying
Thanks everyone!
"JavaSE 6 is finally out in its glorious FCS bits. It's got all manner of cool new features (I particularly love the OpenGL integration that makes GLJPanel fly like the wind). Instead of the usual flag waving and "what's cool in JDK6" lists, I'd just like to say thanks to all of the folks in the community who have contributed to it."

Bruno F. Souza has some reminders in
JDK 6 is here! And Javapolis and JavaOne are just around the corner...
"Directly from London at the official announcement of JDK 6. And don't forget: Javapolis is this week, as is the submission of JavaOne papers!"

Digging into the features, Mandy Chung takes a look at
Java SE 6 Monitoring, Management, Diagnosability:
"Java SE 6 final release is now available! This presents an overview of the monitoring, management, and diagnosability features in Java SE 6 and also serves as a starting point for you to find the relevant blogs/articles/documentation."

In Java Today,
the Java Tools community project Hudson is the subject of this month's "Java Technical Insight of the Month at Object Computing, Inc.. Their article Automated Builds Made Easy with Hudson describes Hudson as "an open-source project licensed under the MIT license. Broadly speaking, it's actually an application that monitors the status of a recurring task, such as a script to run under the operating systems task scheduler. However, it contains a continuous integration system that provides a Web-based interface for configuring, executing and viewing software builds, and that capability will be the focus of this article."

It may still be in the Enterprise Community's incubator, but the Spring-Annotation project has already done several releases, most recently version 1.0.2. The project allows you to use annotations to configure your application using spring-framework as a backend. The 1.0.2 announcement lists many new features in the new release, including support for XML Schema Configuration, a new @Alias annotation, and early support for some JSR-250 annotations.

Java SE 6 is no longer only about the Java language: SE 6 can be used to execute dynamic scripting language code as well. According to Danny Coward, Sun's Java SE platform lead, scripting language support is merely the first step in turning the JVM into the best possible execution platform for any dynamic language. In the interview Dynamic Language Support on the JVM, Artima's Frank Sommers talks with Coward about his new JSR 292, Supporting Dynamically Typed Languages on the Java Platform.

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