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Posted by editor on March 30, 2007 at 9:04 AM PDT

Planning to be at JavaOne?

JavaOne 2007 is now a little over a month away... feel free to panic if you have a new release you have to be done by then... and everyone's plans for the show are shaping up. Our Community Corner wiki continues to add more mini-talks for the booth, and it's more open than it may look at the moment: a seeming glut of related talks on the Wednesday schedule is expected to get reined in a little bit over the next few days. So if you want to do a short presentation on your project, this is a great time to sign up.

Not planning to be at the show? If you can get yourself to Moscone, you can get a pavilion-only pass on us if you give a mini-talk and work a shift staffing the booth, or do three shifts if you're not doing a talk. Working the booth is a great way to meet other members and set up face-to-face time with members of your own community. Oh, and there's a polo shirt in it for you too. See the wiki page for details.

So, with JavaOne on the mind,
the latest Poll asks "Are you planning to attend JavaOne 2007?" Cast your vote on the front page, then visit the results page for current tallies and discussion.

In Java Today,

Issue 116 of the Java Tools Community newsletter is out, with tool-related news from around the web, announcements of nine new projects and two graduations (AgentSmith and GWT4NB), and a Tool Tip on how to stay apprised of infrastructure upgrades by way of the announcements mailing list.

The Austrian Java User Group has announced the launch of their new web site. They write in: "we do now have a home for our community. The site is still under heavy development, because we are missing content and also the design is not satisfying as well. But it is a start and we are really looking forward to see our community grow. To support our goals we will organize presentations, meetings, and so forth."

The latest SDN article on Java EE is about Adding Ajax to JavaServer Faces Technology With Dynamic Faces: "This article shows how to use Project Dynamic Faces, included in
the new Sun Web
Developer Pack
, to add first-class Ajax support to your
JavaServer Faces technology-based application.
Beginning with an existing sample application, Virtual
Trainer, from the book that the article's author wrote with Chris
Schalk, href="" target="_blank">JavaServer
Faces: The Complete Reference
, this article will show you how
to add Ajax behavior to two of that application's pages. This example
will illustrate two usage patterns for Project Dynamic Faces and also
provide a springboard for discussing the Ajax techniques that Dynamic
Faces employs."

In today's Weblogs
John O'Conner looks at Java SE's support for
International Domain Names:
"The internet's core infrastructure, including domain name servers and name resolvers just doesn't handle non-ASCII characters very well. That's why is so useful."

Konstantin I. Boudnik discusses
Software reliability:
"I hope this article will help to scratch issues of software reliability. Brief discussion about established reliability practices and what has to be changed."

Finally, in
JMaki Comet orbits the Sun GlassFish, Jean-Francois Arcand writes
"As promised, I'm making available the JMaki Comet demo I did at AjaxWorld 2007."

In today's Forums,
atripp has a reminder of what Java gets right, in
Re: C vs Java:
"Basically, the C and C++ standards are not at all like the Java Language Spec and JVM Spec. They don't really documentt what needs to be done so that compilers are compatible. Instead, they really just document many of the cases where they're incompatible, and just "gives the OK" for those incompatibilities. This is why most everyone hates porting, and so why most everyone loves Java - because there's really just one compiler, and the JLS is a real, complete, spec. No "implementation defined" in the JLS."

chrisdekock posts a few frustrations in
Re: Is jxta going to be a dead cat:
"I am very excited about JXTA technology. I have read and studied a great deal so far. The problem is that I cannot get any JXTA examples or applications to work! I have tried(from my home, work, friends): [...] None of these apps seem to discover any peers! (OK the network viewer sometimes pick up rendezvous and some surrounding edge peers, but it takes 30min-1hour). I have a fast adsl connection at home on which skype, multiplayer games etc work fine. I do not have any firewall with just a adsl router between me and the internet."

Finally, lscotte is in
Need some help with JAXB to handle a mishmash of two schemas:
"I'm working on an application that has to support an XML format with schemas that I have no control over. Basically one schema file contains some private extensions of another, but there is no include, import, or indeed any sort of reference between the two schemas. I'd really like to be able to use JAXB to handle this, and I'm sure it's just a matter of getting some customized bindings to work right, but I'm stumped, and admittedly a complete newbie to JAXB which doesn't help."

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