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Into Something Good

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."