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Posted by editor on April 17, 2008 at 7:30 AM PDT projects at FISL 9.0

FISL 9.0 starts today in Porto Alegre, south Brazil (hey, next year someone please submit it to our events page), and it's interesting to note just how prominent projects and communities are at this conference.

Alexandre Gomes has the rundown in his blog FISL 9.0 - Time to discuss the past, present and future of F/OSS. He's posted a list of talks, and while the titles alternate between English and Portugese, it's easy for speakers of either to find project names like OpenJDK, JEDI, OFBiz, NetBeans, Mobile & Embedded, Grizzly, and, in an appropriately Brazilian twist, Projeto Marge

Alexandre adds: "If you have ever been there, you know what I'm talking about. It's 3 energized days to meet people, aggregate communities, discuss technologies and talk about business and politics regarding F/OSS."

Sounds like a great time, and who wouldn't want do a tech conference in Porto Alegre?

Also in today's Weblogs, David Herron puts out a call to dig into the "Consumer JRE" in
6u10beta is available.. please test it..!
"There is a lot of exciting stuff in 6u10 (formerly known as 6uN) .. there is a lot more here than the typical update release. Unlike most update releases where the work is limited to critical fixes, for 6u10 the changes are pretty dramatic, will be affecting a lot of things, which leaves us wanting to hear about regressions or other kinds of bugs we may have created along the path of getting to 6u10."

Finally, Brian Leonard takes a look into
Autovalidation with Rails.
"A common question following my Ruby on Rails lectures is how to validate against a database. In this blog entry I do just that, but with the added bonus of incorporating Ajax to avoid the page submit."

In Java Today,
a new article by John Zukowski shows how to Spice up collections with generics and concurrency. "This article shows you how to work with collections while taking advantage of enhancements made to the framework in Java SE 6. You can go far beyond HashMap or TreeSet by using generics and concurrency features to make your applications more maintainable and scalable."

The Pulsar project is a Java-based peer-to-peer streaming client that allows the distribution of audio and video in the Internet, both live and on-demand. As viewers help forward the content, there is no need for strong servers. With the release of version 0.6 Pulsar has now become open-source and is hosted on Various subprojects, like the media player or its peer-to-peer protocols also work independently from Pulsar and can be reused for other projects.

The SDN article From the Trenches at Sun Identity, Part 3: Federated Access Management Simplified is the latest in a series involving OpenDS and OpenSSO. In this installment, Sun senior product line manager Daniel Raskin discusses the background for merging two of Sun's access and federation management products and the new capabilities that focus on simplicity, ease of use, efficiency, and convenience.

In today's Forums,
psynixis reports usability problems with JRE6u10 in
Update 10 on Vista - text in Control Panel unreadable.
"On Vista, with Update 10 beta, and later builds, I'm finding that the text in the Java Control Panel is unreadble on (the text is white and rendered incorrectly so that it can't be read at all). When Netbeans is installed on top of this version of Java, the text in the Netbeans installer/uninstaller has exactly the same issue."

granat posts a GlassFish feature request in
Multiple password files.
"The problem I have is with AS_ADMIN_MAPPEDPASSWORD. This allows the setting of passwords (in the security map of a connection pool, as an example). The principle itself is okay, I don't mind having all my password in a secure file... But if I have different user that need to be mapped (something that is VERY quickly the case, just think of a FTP Adapter with 1 connection factory to different EIS), I need two password files with both of them sporting the AS_ADMIN and other platform related stuff. I do not want to have one file per connection factory (or one per mapped user)!"

Finally, Vladimir Sizikov explains CDC testing methodology in
Re: How to use ME Framework1.2 properly for CDC Environment?
"The CDC test execution is very different from MIDP one. On CDC, you don't use 'autotest' functionality and you don't download the test bundles in a loop. Instead, the agent is being started once, and then connects to the JavaTest harness on Java SE side via communication channel (TCP/IP, UDP, Serial, etc), and obtains the classes and resources via that link. Essentialy, the test agent on CDC side just creates a custom class loader to load the classes via remote link."

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