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Posted by editor on October 11, 2007 at 8:13 AM PDT

When am I supposed to be able to listen to all these Java podcasts?

From the Problems You'd Like To Have file, I think there may now be more good Java podcasts than it is actually possible to keep up with. Certainly for me, since I don't have a daily commute and I find I can't work on words (i.e., I can't edit or write) while listening to spoken-word podcasts. Almost makes me wish I drove a car or took a train somewhere.

But seriously, we've got the Java Mobility Podcast from's own Mobile & Embedded Community, there's the NetBeans Podcast from Roman Strobl, the Java Posse, and the Drunk and Retired podcast, and that's setting aside our own JavaOne Community Corner Podcast that has run its course for this year, but may be joined by new podcasts in the future. Oh, and aside from those, there are plenty of tech podcasts that you may listen to, even though they're not specifically Java-related, such as This Week in TECH, the Google Developer Podcast, the SDN Channel, etc.

Seriously, I've got iPod drive space, but having enough hours to listen to all of this is another matter. Again, better too much than not enough, right?

So, today, we feature a pair of new podcasts in the Java Today section.
Episode 23 of the Java Mobility Podcast features an interview with Johannes Eickhold is a Research Staff Member at the University of Karlsruhe. "While most his of work is on Peer-to-Peer networking he is also working on a distributed Java VM on eight bit micro controllers to leverage that peer-to-peer network. Johannes talks about his experience porting phoneME advanced to the Nokia N800 and future directions that the community should take for this device."

In the 36th episode of the NetBeans Podcast Gregg Sprorar and Roman Strobl share their recent travels, discuss the NB Governance Board Elections, Mobility tools game designer, Arun Gupta's screencast, Ruby debugger screencast, module of the podcast and more.

Acknowledging that it's a "work in progress" that "probably belongs on a wiki page", Kelly O' Hair has posted a lengthy Glossary for JDK Builds in his blog. Along with providing insight into the process and tools used to build the JDK (including a number of Mercurial terms) , it also reveals the various workspaces for "corba", "deploy", "jaxws", and more. Those actually building the JDK will find a number of interesting "ALT_..." variables used by makefiles to select alternative paths, locations, or settings.

John Reynolds asks the provocative question Why do Java developers hate BPM? in today's Weblogs. "I work on a lot of BPM projects, and I work with a lot of other folks who work on a lot of BPM projects, and we have all encountered resistance from traditional Java developers."

Next Tab Please, Gregg Sporar says,
"I stumbled across another nice feature in NetBeans IDE 6.0 today: a couple of additional keyboard short cuts for moving between tabs."

Finally,   Carol McDonald offers a
Sample Catalog Application using using JRuby and Rails.
"This Sample application demonstrates the usage of JRuby and Rails to implement pagination of data sets for an Online Store Catalog."

In today's Forums,
ME developer Robert Noble is working on figuring out
Samsung P940 DVB-H receiver access.
"Does anyone know any details on the API that is alleged to be available on the Samsung P940 for accessing the functionality of the DVB-H TV broadcast receiver? I thought this would be JSR 272 but that's still being ratified."

linuxhippy has some concerns about OpenGL and Nimbus on Linux, in
Re: Nimbus only on Windows?
"I really like the OpenGL pipeline - the big problem is however it doesn't work most of the time (boards, distros, drivers) and furthermore isn't enabled by default (and applets like my application don't even have that choice, except complex option-switching in the Control-Center). Is nimbus also planned as the default-toolkit for Linux? For now I am not sure whether its really a good idea to trade look-and-feel for usability and performance."

mehdik needs mobile emulators to bang on an app, as described in
Device emulator API?
"I'm working on an service architecture for mobile device. I need to test my service in an emulated environment. Various clients (with mobile device) will request services. To emulate the clients, i need a mobile device emulator. The testbed will include multiple clients. I want to know if it is possible to use the device emulator of the J2ME to emulate various client. I do not need the graphical interface of the emulator. The clients consist on running threads. Is there any API of the emulator?"

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When am I supposed to be able to listen to all these Java podcasts?