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Posted by editor on August 1, 2008 at 6:36 AM PDT

And not your Dad's Java either

Sun's Jenn Winger posts to the new JavaFX Blog to announce "This Ain't Your Dad's Java".

I wanted to share with you our podcast series called "This Ain't Your Dad's Java" that Eric Klein, our VP of Java Marketing and David Bryant, Sr. Director of Java Marketing host each week (along with me) to tell you all the latest in the world of Java.  Eric and Param Singh sat down last week to talk all things JavaFX so make sure to stop by iTunes and subscribe to our series."

Speaking of podcasts, the latest Java Mobility Podcast is
Java Mobility Podcast 53: Campus Ambassadors and Sun Spots, in which
Sun Campus Ambassadors Tom Martini Petreca and Lucas Torri talk about the Sun Campus Ambassador program and their work with SunSpots.

Meanwhile, the latest JavaOne Community Corner Podcast is
j1-2k8-mtH02: Kepler's Orrery, by Simran Gleason. Kepler's Orrery is a generative music system that uses gravity equations to "compose" and play music. Start with planets (or stars or particles) that each have mass, position, and velocity, then run a n-body gravity simulator to make them move. They attract each other, accelerate, swirl around, and slingshot off each other. Sometimes they collide, and that's what plays the music.

Also in Java Today,
Robert Lougher has posted the results of an Embedded JVM comparison: "Buglabs have done a comparison of open-source JVMs on their embedded ARM platform (the BUG, based on an ARM1136JF-S core). The tested VMs were PhoneME advanced, Cacao and JamVM. The results are very interesting : comes out the fastest, followed by PhoneME and then Cacao. On startup time, JamVM also comes out top (3 ms), followed by Cacao (12 ms) and PhoneME (16 ms)."

Sprint recently announced the Instinct Java Developer Contest, the communication giant's first ever developer competition and focused solely around the Samsung Instinct, its new touch-screen phone. To support the contest, Sprint has made available a series of quick start guides, including one for developing with its WTK and the NetBeans IDE. The Instinct Java Developer Contest is open to all qualifying individuals with great ideas for applications showcasing the Samsung Instinct device. The winner will receive a Grand Prize of $20,000 cash and a free membership to the Sprint Professional Developer Program (PDP). Contest deadline is August 29.

James Gosling announces the JavaFX SDK launch in today's Weblogs. In Come and get it! Hot off the grill: JavaFX, he writes, "the preview release of JavaFX is now available, along with libraries, samples, documentation and some early tools. If you like to make pretty things fly around on the screen, this is a pretty tasty piece of work. It really shows what Swing and Java2D can do."

In his blog, Laird Nelson works through a problem with
Nimbus and Opacity. "Want a text field with a non-opaque background when using Nimbus? Read on."

Finally, Simon Morris wonders what to do
When Buzzwords Go Bad. "What does it all mean? Seems nobody really knows, not when it comes to Rich Internet Applications anyway! The term is now so diluted, polluted, mutated and contorted, even its own mother wouldn't recognise it! Do we need a RADICAL solution?"

The latest Poll asks "Are you going to download the JavaFX SDK?" Cast your vote on the front page, then check the results page for current tallies and discussion.

In today's Forums, stanhirsh asks about
Drag 'n Drop in the JavaFX SDK. "Is there some D&D functionality in the SDK ? Is it possible to make an object draggable and to enable another object (e.g. a simple rectange) to to recieve drops and broadcast onDrop events?"

wildfirexy complains rather bitterly about the initial platform support for the JavaFX SDK in
Evaluation SDK not available on Linux.
"I really want to invest time in javafx. Except the "evaluation sdk" is only available under MacOSX, and Windows. What the hell is the point of making something "cross-platform" but favoring only commercial operating systems? Maybe we should all abandon Linux, go back to Windows and allow Redmond to decide what should be on our desktops, suffer many more years of flaky and unstable applications."

Finally, fatbatman asks
Any Facebook users please test our application.
"To all facebook users out there, please test our applet with update 10; It's a kind of game, chat room, dating, virtual world, thing. It's new so don't expect to see many other users there. It's one the most advanced facebook application there is and one of the few that uses Java applets. [...] For any Mac users we haven't been able to test it on this platform so let us know if it works or not."

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And not your Dad's Java either