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That Was Yesterday

Posted by editor on September 18, 2007 at 7:31 AM PDT

GlassFish v2 and NetBeans 6 beta make their debuts

As expected, GlassFish and the NetBeans 6.0 beta were released yesterday. At the moment, there seems to be a little more talk about the GlassFish release, as it's a final (as opposed to a beta) and because there's just so much stuff in this release. A GlassFish v2 Launch Roundup page collects links from all over the web: technical and overview blogs, news coverage, and more.

In fact, we've handed the entirety of today's Weblogs over to the GlassFish v2 launch, noticing that with all of GlassFish's various subprojects, there is a lot more to this launch than might initially be evident. Jean-Francois Arcand starts off by describing What's really cool with GlassFish v2.
"GlassFish v2 is officially out today and the blogosphere will be flooded by marketing pitches and blogs from my co-workers about its Java EE features like EJBs, Toplink, JSF, etc...which are cool, but not extremely coo! So, what's really cool with GlassFish v2? Come to read!"

Java DB upgraded in Glassfish V2, Lance Andersen points out that
"Glassfish V2 includes a new release of Java DB which incorporates many new features and bug fixes."

Finally, Kumar Jayanti's
Metro 1.0 Security Overview and What's coming Next has "an Overview of WebServices Security in Metro 1.0 and New Features planned for upcoming Metro Milestone releases."

Not to overlook yesterday's other major announcement, the Java Today section kicks off with the news that "the NetBeans community announced Monday that NetBeans 6.0 Beta is out. Developers are applauding NetBeans 6 with its new, smarter editor, the next generation of the ground-breaking Matisse GUI builder, Ruby support, and other innovative features. Don't get left behind. Download NetBeans 6 beta now and see what the excitement is about."

"Images are the staple of any graphical application, whether on the web or on the desk, images are everywhere. Having the ability to control and manipulate these images is a crucial skill that is absolutely necessary for any graphical artist, designer, or Game Engineer." Josiah Hester's Javalobby article Ultimate Java Image Manipulation promises to "get you, the aspiring artist, professional designer, or amateur hobbyist, the foundations to be able to manipulate any image to your will. "

The latest Java Mobility Podcast is Episode 20: Mobile Ajax: "Web services and mash-ups of web services really bring a whole new dimension to the web and mobile computing. Terrence Barr, Vincent Hardy, and Akhil Arora have created Mobile AJAX as a subproject of the meapplicationdeveloper project to make it very easy for the Java ME developer to harness the power of Ajax-style web services. Interesting applications can be built by combining (mashing-up) information from these multiple sources and remote web services, limited only by application developers' imaginations. Mobile Ajax highlights what is possible through a number of demos as well that utilize libraries that interact with web services."

In today's Forums,
Ian Manders wrestles with challenges making a
SocketConnection on a Vodafone UK handset.
"An application we're developing uses a SocketConnection to connect to our server. It's primarily a UK only application at the moment, and has been tested on most of the major UK networks; Orange, O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone. It works fine on the first 3, but on Vodafone it won't connect at all using the standard APN (contract WAP). If the Contract Internet APN is selected it works fine. Ideally we need the app to work with a minimum of user intervention, and after looking into it, some suggestions were that we needed to have the application signed and we'd then be able to use a SocketConnection over the WAP APN. This is now done, with a properly purchased Verisign cert, however we still have the same problem. Has any one had any success with Sockets over the WAP APN on Vodafone?"

Sticking with mobile topics, cenbells is interested in
Testing JSR support of Mobile Device.
"Currently I'm in investigating the area of JSRs and mobile devices. There are certain tools out there (e.g., FPCBench, Calibrator, Java Device Test Suite) which can be used to determine if a J2ME platform supports a certain JSR. Mostly they check for JSRs within the Mobile Service Architecture Spec. Nevertheless, I wondered how I would check whether a mobile device supports a specific JSR. With this question in mind I searched the internet and eventually came across cqME, JavaTest harness, and Java TCK. Do I understand it correctly that the mentioned software is needed to develop a test for a JSR on a mobile device? If so, is there any documentation or sample available to get a first glance? If no documentation is available, would you mind giving me some advice what testing for JSR support is all about?"

Finally, and at risk of burying big news at the bottom of the blog (sorry about that!), the Project Wonderland forum has a post from kaplanj announcing the
First WFS implementation.
"Jordan has submitted his first-pass implementation of the WFS, which I have integrated into a Wonderland branch called "wfs". First of all, many thanks to Jordan for this significant piece of work. I'm personally looking forward to getting this fully integrated, because it will make building new worlds considerably easier. To use WFS, check out the wfs branch from cvs, and edit WonderlandServerConfig.xml to specify the location of a world directory. There are a couple of sample worlds in lg3d-wonderland/src/worlds. Use "ant run-manager" to run the manager UI, which includes a button to let you reload the geometry from a WFS directory."

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GlassFish v2 and NetBeans 6 beta make their debuts