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Posted by editor on June 2, 2008 at 8:47 AM PDT

What's your favorite project?

An interesting poll/survey/chat is going on... but not on Over on JavaLobby,
Java Champion Adam Bien is asking readers What's Your Favorite Project? He writes, "
seems to be a little bit underestimated. It is actually a great platform
for open source projects—and very easy to set up. You get SVN or CVS
access with mailing lists, project homepage, etc—the full
infrastructure. However, there are already some really interesting projects out there."

Adam's list is:

He asks readers to mention their favorite projects, and with our project count having just pased the 5,000 mark, there are plenty of good choices. Readers have suggested SwingExplorer, Facelets, Woodstock, and Flying Saucer. And that's just the start... readers should remember affiliated projects like Direct Web Remoting and OpenSymphony, to say nothing of longtime favorites like ROME and AppFuse.

And this is just scratching the surface. There are another 4900+ to consider. So what are your favorites?

Also in Java Today,
Christopher Kampmeier blogs about the packaging and delivery of OpenDS as IPS packages in OpenDS in IPS Format Using the UC2 Toolkit: An Experiment. "This article describes the results of the first of several experiments intended to demonstrate how projects' build environments can be enhanced to deliver IPS-based distributions. In this article we address the first stage of an experiment based on the popular OpenDS project." Advantages include Multi-OS platform packaging of packages and updates, pre-installed installation images, ongoing installation image management, network repository-based delivery of add-ons and updates, and desktop notification of updates and new add-ons. Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart adds "IPS
is the format we are going to use with the next version of the GlassFish
Update Center."

Andrew Hughes has announced the release of IcedTea 1.7, which "provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK using Free Software build tools and provides replacements libraries for the binary plugs with code from the GNU Classpath project." Andrew's blog entry has a summary of changes in this release, including a GNU/Linux HotSpot port, javax.sound.midi support, and a free version of jtreg.

In today's Weblogs, blogs about privacy with an ominous
Knock Knock.
"Slowly our lives are being moved online, yet how can we effectively secure our data? It seems traditional techniques become less than effective when left in the incapable hands of the average user, yet new technologies like biometrics present their own issues."

Chris Bryant reports that
The UCLA JUG is Born.
After a long hiatus from UCLA, Duke returns in the form of the UCLA Java User Group.

Finally, Harold Carr presents his
Semantic Technology Conference notes.
"I attended the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose last week (May 18-22). Here are my notes on the sessions."

This week's Spotlight is on Project Scene Graph, which provides the scene graph -- a hierarchical representation of objects in a scene -- called for by JavaFX Script, allowing for its use by general Swing applications as well. Part of both the JavaFX and SwingLabs communities, the project's latest release is version 0.6, which adds some APIs, fixes bugs, and adds a number of new visual effects.

In today's Forums, susmitha asks, how do I find screen location of awt tray icon if user never clicked it
"I am trying to show a notification window at the tray icon. In jdk1.6 , there seems to be no way of finding out the screen location of the tray icon except by adding a MouseListener. So if the user clicks on the tray icon atleast once, i have the trayicon's screen location to display the notification window. But I would like to display the window even if the user has never clicked on the tray icon. Is there a way of finding the screen location of tray icon even if user has never clicked on the tray icon."

cowwoc questions the viability of Java3D, in light of the ongoing high interest level in the thread
Re: petition for java3d in the next java release.
"The problem with software products, especially open-source ones, is that no one tells you when they're dead. They just a die a very slow death when they are no longer being developed or supported in a decent way. Eventually some competitor steals their market-share. The Java3D could be busy for the next couple of years but it says nothing about Java3D specifically, it just shows people are interested in 3D technologies in general. If Java3D, or any product for that matter, is alive you would expect regular releases and new features being added at a consistent rate. Java3D stopped growing a few years back."

ebresie wonders if ME and new mobile APIs can work well together, in
Backward Compatability on Java ME.
"I know one of the founding principals of Java is built on top of supporting backward compatibility, but to streamline things on a resource limited environment (like ME) adds an incompatible constrain on this. Is Java FX Mobile / Java FX Script and/or the LWUIT component something that would allow depreciate or replacement of any aspects of existing Java ME environment? If so, what is the process by which things are depreciated, pruned, or removed in the Java ME realm?"

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