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Posted by editor on March 19, 2008 at 3:02 AM PDT

NetBeans and the tiny EEE PC... who knew?

Keep an eye out at JavaOne this year: the head-turning status symbol might not be the ubiquitous Apple laptops, but the ASUS EEE PC. Dick Wall had one of these at the Java Posse Roundup and everyone wanted to have a look. What's so striking about it is how small it is: it sports a 7" (178 mm) screen, and uses solid-state storage for additional size and speed benefits. The result is a highly atypical laptop: Linux-based, tiny, light, and cool to the touch.

But with an 800x480 screen and either 2 or 4 GB of drive space, can you really get stuff done on it?

Apparently so. In one of two new NetBeans Vodcasts posted to the Java home page at, Robert Eckstein shows off how NetBeans runs on the tiny EEE PC. He gives practical tips for using removable SD cards to save your projects, rearranging the NetBeans GUI to make the most of the very limited screen space, and points out how NetBeans will add scrollbars to dialogs that are too large to fit the screen (something that some of the EEE's native Linux apps don't do). He also suggests users see his blog for information on getting a Subversion release more recent than that included with the EEE, as the default version isn't new enough for NetBeans.

So there you have it: a cheap option for being the most gasp-worthy Java developer on your block. And it's not every day that you see a NetBeans-capable laptop small enough to put in a purse or lunchbag.

Also in Java Today,
Mark Reinhold announces a milestone for OpenJDK: First non-Sun participant voted into OpenJDK Membership. "Yesterday Jonathan Gibbons, in his role as Moderator of the Compiler Group, announced
that Neal Gafter has been voted in as
a Member of that
Group. [...] Neal is not the first non-Sun Member of the OpenJDK Community -- several href="">now-former href="">Sun href="">employees beat him to
it -- but he is the first person from outside of Sun to be voted in to

The Aquarium notes the posting of an OpenDS roadmap. "OpenDS, the project to produce a 100% Java-based LDAP directory now has a proposed roadmap for version 1.0 and beyond. Apart from monitoring through SNMP, all features are already in the current release (v1.0 Milestone 1 from Feb. 27, 2008). Final release for v1.0 is scheduled for May 2008. Ludo Poitou has more details." The post also indicates that, "in other OpenDS news, Tomonori Shioda has posted the Japanese translation of no less than four OpenDS technical posts."

In today's Weblogs,
Arun Gupta posts his
Ajax World East 2008 - Day 1 Report.
"Ajax World East 2008 started earlier today. I delievered my "Web 2.0 Application development using jMaki" and the slides are available here. There were several demos shown in the talk (using NetBeans and GlassFish) and they are all accessible at the links mentioned below..."

Tom White discusses the idea that
"Disks have become tapes", and explores "what trends in disk drive technology mean for data processing."

Finally, Harold Carr announces
$175K in prizes for GlassFish and Metro web services stack.
"The GlassFish Community Awards (GAP) program is giving away $175,000 (USD) in cash prizes for the best bug reports and other contributions to the GlassFish community---that includes the Metro web services stack. Read this blog entry for details."

In today's Forums,
anfernee_duo wants to
Deploy with no impact on current user sessions.
"For a 7x24 production environment, is GlassFish able to deploy new application patch without affecting concurrent user sessions? I understand that deployment do not require restarting the server. But I hope deployment do not lead to any service suspensions or interruptions, i.e. user session is kept and no relogin is needed; and the deployment is totally transparent to users. Is GlassFish able to provide this feature?"

samdoyle wants to hear the practical case for Spring, in the thread.
Re: Deploying Spring Application in GlassFish
"I still would like to see or hear of a solid example of what Spring can provide me running within GlassFish that I can not get with the application server itself or if something is extremely simplified to the point where it really warrants using Spring inside of GlassFish."

Finally, Nigel Simpson explains the evolution of Wonderland's design, in
Re: Wonderland module questions.
"Modules are extensions to Wonderland. Originally, all modules were in lg3d-wonderland/modules but as we developed more modules we realized that we needed a way to distinguish core modules from non-core modules. We also wanted a place for developers to create Wonderland extensions with licenses that might not be compatible with Wonderland. That's why we have wonderland-modules. We're actually in the process of further modularizing Wonderland, and you'll see that in the 0.5 re-architecture. We want to make the Wonderland core quite extensible, so that new functionality can be integrated dynamically, perhaps even at run-time."

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NetBeans and the tiny EEE PC... who knew?