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Posted by editor on November 22, 2007 at 6:46 AM PST

Yes, we're still around on a US holiday

It's Thanksgiving in the United States, but business as usual pretty much everywhere else, so on occasions like these, we still like to keep the editorial parts of the site updated as usual. It's not like we turn off Subversion and say "go watch parades and football", so why do the same with the front page?

Pity, though, that any Americans who don't take a moment to check the page today are going to miss some good stuff: GNU Classpath and a Java-workalike running on the iPhone, the first early draft of the superpackages JSR, and the always-interesting Simon Morris on resolution independence and scaling from wide-screen monitors to hand-held devices. I should probably put a pointer in tomorrow's blog saying "go back and read Thursday's!"

Lucky you that you're reading this via the browser or RSS client of your choice...

So let's dive in. In Java Today,

Andreas Sterbenz points out a milestone for the superpackages JSR in Early Draft of JSR 294 Now Available: "The JCP Early Draft specification of JSR 294 is now available for download from the JSR page. In short, it consists of two chapters of the Java Language Specification that have been updated to cover Superpackages. There are change bars to highlight everything that has been touched. Then there are draft revisions for the Java Virtual Machine Specification. Finally, updates to the Java core reflection APIs. [...] BTW, we are also working on the implementation, chiefly
Jon for the javac changes.
We will make the code available on the
OpenJDK Modules project once it is ready."

In the SDN webcast jMaki: A Deep Dive With Greg Murray, Ed Ort interviews Sun Ajax architect Greg Murray about why jMaki is a great framework for quickly building Ajax-based web applications. This interview runs 21:46 and is available as an MPEG-4 video file or as an audio-only MP3.

Mark J. Wielaard has compiled wiki and forum announcements of a Java-compatible environment for the iPhone in Free your IPhone. "Want some free java on your IPhone? Robert Lougher posted some screenshots of JamVM and GNU Classpath running on it..." Installation requires a jailbreak of your iPod Touch or iPhone, and the wiki has full instructions for building from source or just installing pre-built binaries.

The latest Java Mobility Podcast is
Java Mobility Podcast 28: Talks on upcoming Java Mobile and Embedded Developer Days , in which
podcast hosts Roger Brinkley and Terrence Barr are joined by members of the selection committee for January's Java Mobile and Embedded Developer Days. They talk about the different types of sessions that have been scheduled for this conference with C. Enrique Ortiz, CTO at EZee, Sean Sheedy, Java ME Consultant and Eric Arseneau, Sun Microsystems.