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Posted by editor on February 21, 2007 at 8:55 AM PST

Romain's GUI's get even shinier

Somehow, I hadn't noticed Romain Guy's blog Curious Creature (did the name change?), which is awash in digital imaging, from Java to Mac OS X to post-it notes, from one of the most recognized names in Java GUI's. Not for nothing is he a JavaOne "rock star".

Today, he's
blogging about achieving visual effects in Fast Image Processing with JOGL. "Chet and I are almost done with our upcoming book, Filthy Rich Clients. Last week, I decided to add a fun demo to the book to show how to implement a bloom effect. Blooms are widely spread in modern video games to spread out light sources." Romain's demo adds the bloom effect to the Aerith splash screen, as well as to a GUI build with Kirill Grouchnikov's Substance look-and-feel.

In Java Today,
the newly launched and incubated enterprise project Woodstock seeks to offer "an extensive set of JavaServer Faces (JSF) components for web application developers to build enterprise level applications. These components are fully featured, user accessible and fully localized for 10 languages." A preview page lets you try out the available components, including tree, table, progress bar, orderable list, add/remove idiom, and more. An Artima article has more information about Woodstock's announcement.

Issue 279 of the NetBeans Weekly Newsletter is out, with news on NetBeans Day at JavaOne 2007, a call for participation in the Enterprise Pack's community acceptance testing program, information on a new book about rich client development with NetBeans, blogs, articles, and more.

In today's Forums,
deronj discusses Looking Glass client development in
Re: Wonderland APIs
The LG3D client API, of course, will be available. This will provide the ability to create graphics objects, specify their appearance, animate them, receive events on them, etc. Then there will be an distributed object API (implemented using the facilities of the Darkstar game server) which will allow multiple people to visualize and interoperate with 3D objects. Also, there will be the Darkstar APIs themselves which will allow people to write programs that live on the server and which coordinate the activities of multiple clients and manage the distributed graphics objects.

Joe Bowbeer discusses how to get midlets to dial phone numbers in
Re: LG KG800 (Chocolate) platformrequest doesn't seem to work
The MIDP 2.0 spec allows PHONENUMBER text fields to initiate calls: "The implementation may automatically start a phone dialer application that is initialized so that pressing a single key would be enough to make a call. This is implemented on some handsets, though it is not a requirement. As for platformRequest, tel: support is required, so it looks like your handset is not compliant: ("If the URL specified is of the form tel:, as specified in RFC2806, then the platform MUST interpret this as a request to initiate a voice call.")

laurelwilliams has a question about collaborative content in
adding online help to your javahelp
I am looking for a technique that will allow users to access wiki pages to contribute help comments which could then be included into my application (presuming a web connection is present). These comments and suggestions would then need to be accessed via the javahelp.[...] But of course, when it is clicked on I get a complete mess in the javahelp frame. It looks like my online page but includes text from the css and quite frankly looks like a formatting disaster. I am assuming this is probably a "browser" problem. Any ideas how I could approach this problem in another way?

In today's Weblogs,