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Posted by editor on January 30, 2008 at 6:54 AM PST

Will grant programs for NetBeans and GlassFish add up?

Today's big story has its beginnings back at JavaOne 2007, with Rich Green's stated opinion that open-source has become Robin Hood in reverse: steal from the poor and give to the rich. Sun vowed to do something about it, and in December, Simon Phipps started laying out the details of a grants program for open source projects in his blog Getting Paid To Develop.

Two of those programs have just opened up, one of which is the NetBeans Innovators Grants program. "The NetBeans Innovators Grant is a process to provide grants to developers or teams of developers to work on an open source project. A total of 10 large projects will be chosen and awarded a grant of US$ 11,500 dollars. Another 10 smaller projects will be chosen and awarded a grant of US$ 2,000 dollars. Awards will only be awarded upon actual project completion. Projects that excel may receive one of two possible gold awards of US$ 11,000 dollars or two possible silver awards of US$ 5,000 dollars." Submissions open on February 1, and close on March 3, with selected projects announced on April 1

A couple of our bloggers have checked in with praise for the announcement, starting with Fabrizio Giudici, who noted the inclusion of many countries often left out of these promotions. He writes:

Just a quick note for now: we have just disclosed the details about the "NetBeans Innovators Grants", an initiative which is part of a bigger effort by Sun spending $1 million dollars on innovative open source developers. The total grants for the NetBeans section are about $160k. Since technically this is a grant, not a contest, the good news is that ITALY THIS TIME IS IN :-) So c'mon, italian guys, go to the link above and find out all the details. Of course, if you're from other parts of the world, you can participate too ;-)

Meanwhile, Masoud Kalali uses his blog to offer some ideas for projects that might get approved for funding:

  • Are you an RCP developer looking for some financial support to implenent some modules on top of NetBeans RCP?
  • Are you familiar with NetBeans IDE and also you have some ideas in your sleeve, ideas to enhance the IDE functionalitis, ideas about new functionalities, etc?
  • Do you know some bugs/ RFEs in issuzilla which you can fix them, but you were looking for financial support?
  • Do you have some cool ideas about some sample projects or blueprints showing How one can develop Java/ J2EE/ J2ME/ Ruby/ C++ projects using NetBeans IDE and its capabilities?

Now I said there were two such programs making their announcements. The GlassFish Awards Program has also posted its rules. We'll have them on the front page tomorrow, but if you're interested in the details today, by all means, take a look.

Also in Java Today,
Milestone 1 of NetBeans 6.1 is now available for download.
This stabilized development build contains a number of noteworthy
features, including WebSphere 6.0 & 6.1 support, a Mercurial plugin, transparency for slide-in windows, support for downloading and installing plugins in the background (with task progress displayed on the status line), and the addition of new JSF components (accordion, bubble help, and popup menu) to the pallette. For more information see the complete list of new M1 features and overall report for M1.

Registration is now open for the JavaOne 2008 conference. "This year's conference covers topics and content that is important to the Java technology community and continues to expand its program into areas that play well with Java technology, exploring the rich development platform available to all." JavaOne 2008 runs from May 6-9 -- preceded by the free CommunityOne day on May 5 -- at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Today's Forums begin with an important update on the status and future of Java3D. In
ANNOUNCEMENT: Java 3D plans, kcr writes,
"we would like to share with you our plans for Java 3D. As many of you are aware, Sun's emphasis on client technologies has led to the creation of JavaFX -- a platform for creating rich content applications for mobile, set-top, and desktop devices. The majority of our current effort is focused on building out the 3D support for JavaFX. As a result, our plans for improvements to the Java 3D API are on hold at this time. We will continue to provide bug-fix releases as needed, with many of the fixes coming from the community. The plan to deliver the upcoming 1.5.2 release, sometime within the next couple of months, remains unchanged. Specifically, we are working on a new 3D scene graph, as part of the JavaFX player, that will complement the 2D Scenario scene graph. Its initial focus will be 3D effects, casual games, and simple 3D viewing applications. We anticipate that future versions will include additional features that may meet the needs of many existing Java 3D applications."

kader_h joins the thread
Re: How was the BD-J event in Barcelona? and seems to have come away from the conference with as many questions as answers.
"Hi Francois and all, I was on there for 5 days. About the thursday for Sony's presentation of BluPrint and BD-J. We had a good presentation by Mark J. and Bill F. with good information to start quickly BDJ and test it. To my mind, the level of protection of BD format (certificate, key provider, key studio, AACS, BD+...) show that some paranoiac of security work on specification(?). And there are many thing not clear: Certificate: which company will provide it; ID Organisation: same; BD9: it's available? (AACS and/or Rom Mark are mandatory?)"

bpostow seems to want to try
programming a bluetooth printer driver.
"I'd like to program, or look at a bluetooth printer driver, so that I can get a feel for how to control devices through bluetooth from a mobile device. Does anyone know of a page that describes how to do this? or has sample code for how to write such a driver?"

Today's Weblogs starts with more followup from the discussions at last week's Mobile & Embedded Developer Days, as Sean Sheedy wonders about the possible need for
A "Fragmentation Program Office"?
"A lot has been blogged about fragmentation in the mobile space, but in certain areas, progress seems glacial. Discussions at the MEDD conference suggest the need for a central role to coordinate work on the many facets of fragmentation."

Masood Mortazavi offers a reading recommendation in his book-review blog,
Next Generation Java Testing.
"If you're into Java testing, I think Cedric Beust and Hani Suleiman's Next Generation Java Testing: Test NG and Advanced Concepts might be a book you can profitably own and have on your shelves."

Finally, Bhakti Mehta contributes a handy tutorial on
Deploying SOAP 1.2 based webservice in Glassfish.
"This blog shows how to create, deploy SOAP 1.2 based services in Glassfish."

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Will grant programs for NetBeans and GlassFish add up?