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Posted by editor on April 24, 2007 at 8:03 AM PDT

Interviewing cajo's founder

One of the things we're trying to do on the content side is to further focus on the projects on, the people behind them, and the communities they create. Some of the ways to get there involve our feature articles, which we're focusing on the core Java platforms themselves (ME, SE, and EE), since open-source reference implementations of each are now hosted on the site (as phoneME, OpenJDK, and GlassFish, respectively), and on the many active and interesting projects hosted here.

Community Manager Marla Parker has taken an intersting approach to helping us with this effort. She's taken a recent list of the top 50 most active projects and started contacting founders and leaders of those projects. In a series of interviews with these personalities, we hope to deliver a sense of the people in the community, and the possibilities and opportunities that come with working on a successful open-source project.

Today's Feature Article kicks off the series, with

Top 50: Interview with John Catherino of the Cajo Project. In it, Marla talks to the founder of the cajo project, which enhances RMI to allow an application to be distributed across multiple JVM's. In the interview, John discusses the project's successes, the makeup of the cajo community, and challenges and surprises along the way.

This week's Spotlight is on the CommunityOne event. What's that you ask? Well,
combine NetBeans Day with a GlassFish Day, add some OpenJDK and Mobile & Embedded, and you've got Community One, a free and open event sponsored by Sun, taking place in San Francisco on Monday, May 7, on the eve of JavaOne. Along with formal session tracks, the event features a co-located unconference, a startup camp, a lunchtime session of the Java Posse podcast, and an opening general session by Tim O'Reilly.

As noted in the Java Today section, this week we launch the new Mobile and Embedded Community podcast series with an Introduction to the Community. Leader Roger Brinkley and Technical Evangelist Terrence Barr describe the resources available for Mobile and Embedded developers. They also explain how to get started hosting a project on, how to get your questions answered in the forums, and how to stay up to date with the world of Mobile and Embedded development. Hosted by Daniel Steinberg.

Apache's Open Letter to Sun Microsystems about licensing terms for a Java SE TCK has touched off a number of reactions. Dave Gilbert gives Five Reasons Why Apache Will Regret That Open Letter, while Ian Skerrett has posted his concerns about The Silence from an Open Sun, a post that drew A Response from Sun (namely, from Simon Phipps, Sun's Chief Open Source Officer). Geir Magnusson, who wrote the initial open letter, discusses the issue further on Episode 28 of the Feathercast podcast, while former Harmony member Mark J. Wielaard shares his thoughts in the blog OpenJCK.

O'Reilly's Open Source Convention 2007 offers a much improved Java track, featuring a number of speakers familiar to the community, such as Mark Reinhold talking about the first eight months of OpenJDK, Hinkmond Wong on phoneME, Kirill Grouchnikov on advanced Java desktop effects, and Joshua Marinacci on Beans Binding and the Swing Application Framework. Furthermore, there's a talk on the Kitchen Sink Language. Also look for Java-related stuff on the Web Services track, such as talks on Tapestry and OFBiz.

James Gosling's closing JavaOne keynote is turning into The Toy Show, as he describes in today's Weblogs. "Once again, I'm doing the closing keynote at JavaOne. Through some piece of odd mystery math, this year I'ved ended up with two hours of time, which had me paniced: what would I do to fill all that time?"

In Mapping Entities to REST - Learning from History, David