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Posted by editor on January 31, 2007 at 8:04 AM PST

Can you make a viral video about Java ME?

The latest Java-related contest doesn't require you to write any code to be eligible for some of its prizes. Instead, the Java Mobile Application Video Contest is looking for 1-3 minute videos that show off Java ME or phoneME applications.

No, you don't have to write app yourself. Just show off why it's cool, how it works, how it was built, whatever. Read the rules, make your video, post it to YouTube and you're good. Makers of the best videos win PlayStation 3's. You can also win a PS3 by creating an app in the Mobile & Embedded Community, and the creator of a Java ME app who snags the Most Creative Video prize will get a PS3, a Blu-Ray player, a Sony Ericsson K800 phone, and an gift certificate. You need to post your video and register with the contest by April 27, 2007, with winners announced on the contest page and at JavaOne 2007.

Sounds like all you need is a mobile phone and a camcorder... good luck!

Also in Java Today,

a new early-access version of the Java Pet Store 2.0 Demo has been announced by the Blueprints project. New features include an Ajax UI, user-driven content, tagging, RSS news bar, search, and more.

There are only a few days left to propose a session for the 2007 O'Reilly Open Source Convention. The Call for Papers closes on Monday, February 5. "Java as open-source" is listed as one of the "hot topics" in the CFP, and the conference offers a way to present your open-source Java project to a wider audience.

In today's Weblogs, Hans Muller announces the long-awaited JSR-296 implementation in
Application Framework Prototype Bows:
"A prototype implementation of the fledgling Swing Application Framework (JSR-296) API is now available. That's all I really wanted to say. I don't want to make too much of a commotion about this version of the design because there's still quite a bit that remains to be done."

Joshua Marinacci follows up on the
First release of JSR 296 by showing what you can do with it, unveiling some initial NetBeans support.
"Hans just announced the first prototype implementation of JSR 296, the Swing Application Framework. I'm very excited about this because it will make Swing applications a lot easier to build and more maintainable."

James Gosling regrets to announce No T-Shirt hurling contest this year:
"We won't be holding the t-shirt hurling contest at JavaOne this year. I should have done all of the prep and announcements a couple of months ago, but I was out sick and mostly unconscious. I've been back at work for a few weeks and it's become clear that the time is too short and life is way too hectic for me to do it properly."

The JSR-296 release is also making waves in today's Forums,

Re: JSR 296 source available!, mikeazzi writes:
"Scott, No pressure on the Swing Binding JSR though. Take your time, but in return we want some nice property support. Speaking of that, I think even if the property keyword ends being rejected, we should still be able to get what we aiming at with judicious use of annotations, and the PropertyDescriptor from the bean spec. What do you think?

ver1982 would like a
Development Roadmap for life-planning purposes.
"I want to ask if we have a development roadmap for FastInfoset for the next, say, 2 years. The reason is that I am interested in helping out and I want to know which particular areas of development still needs improvement. I think I will do this for my thesis. Thanks."

babysnakes wants to know
can I write web services that can be accessed from other languages?
"Sorry if this is trivial, but I'm a newbie... Can I access web services written in jax-ws 2.0 (glassfish) from other languages (C#, C++)? I have a very simple service that someone is trying to access from C++ and he's having a lot of troubles. before I'm sending him to search further I wanted to know if it's possible."

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Can you make a viral video about Java ME?