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Posted by editor on August 12, 2008 at 7:02 AM PDT


Mobile & Embedded Developer Days changes seasons, adds a topic

It was just yesterday that I mentioned the Mobile & Embedded Developer Days conference in the editor's blog, recalling the conversations about fragmentation and access to the end-user that came out of this conference.

The conference was small enough to fit in the theater at Sun's Santa Clara campus, with a few breakout sessions in different rooms, but generally of a size where you could get everyone together for the keynotes, lightning talks, and novelties like the "fishbowl" session. Check out the editor's blog recaps of day 1 and day 2 for a sense of what it was like. With the manageable size and tight focus, it was a great destination for the ME developer.

So good, apparently, that they're doing it again, just 10 months later, moving from the Winter conference crunch to the even busier Fall (as always, your seasons and climate may vary), and picking up media as a new topic.

Roger Brinkley makes the announcement in his blog, Mobile, Media, and Embedded Developer Days 2008 Call for Papers.

Last January the Mobile & Embedded Community sponsored the first ever Mobile & Embedded Developer Days. The second of these annual events will be hosted at the Santa Clara Auditorium November 12-13, 2008 and this time we're expanding and renaming the event Mobile, Media & Embedded Developer Days 2008.

The conference is devoted solely to the technologies of mobile , media, and embedded Java platforms and is targeted for application developers of intermediate and advanced skill levels, platform developers, and technical personnel at tool vendors, OEMs and carriers.

Content areas are expected to include the traditional phone and PDAs development on the Java ME platform as well as Media, SunSPOT wireless sensors, Trackbot and Java robotics, and other small Java systems used in machinery and process control but centered around Java, JavaME, and open source aspects of Java. We want this to be a community-driven conference. We are looking forward to your involvement in making this an interesting and interactive event.

The Call for Papers opens today, ending in just over a month, on September 15. Registration for the conference should open on or around October 1.


Also in today's Weblogs, Arun Gupta looks into the GlassFish and MySQL bundle. He writes, "GlassFish and MySQL bundle was released a while ago and I finally got a chance to try it out. Here are simple instructions to get you started."

Using easyb with Maven, John Ferguson Smart writes, "Easyb is a very cool way to test your Java application in BDD-style with Java. But wouldn't it be nice to be able to integrate your BDD stories into your Maven build process? The good news is, you can!"


In Java Today,

Gary Benson has posted a number of updates to his blog in recent weeks, detailing his work on Zero, an interpreter-only port of OpenJDK which can be trivially built on any OS (since it uses no assembly), and an LLVM-based JIT called Shark. In the latest update, he submitted a recent build to IcedTea's Mercurial repository, and also got frame-walking and method synchronization working. Gary also has a Shark status table showing Shark's current bytecode coverage. Given all this, a proposal to add Zero as an OpenJDK porters project is imminent, following the unanimous vote by the porters group to sponsor the project.

The Aquarium points out that the Readers Choice Vote is On: "Sys-Con has announced the opening of the vote period for the SOA World Magazine Reader's Choice Award. Consider voting for our projects; last year we had multiple winners." java.net projects included on the ballot include GlassFish, Hudson, Metro, NetBeans, OpenESB, OpenSSO, and JAXP.

In a 25-minute video interview from QCon London 2008, Neal Gafter discusses upcoming language features in Java 7, superpackages, what closures are, the differences between the three major closures proposals (CICE, FCM and BGGA), optional typing systems for dynamic languages, and the next major language.


In today's Forums, Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine explains the overloaded meanings of GlassFish "domain"s in Re: GlassFish domains on same server under own unix user credetials?
"If using the developer profile, then yes, the domain is a single instance (one JVM) which happens to be running the GUI admin tool, the config repository and your applications. If using the cluster profile, the members of the cluster are all part of the same administrative domain spreading across multiple JVM's and machines. They use node agents to refresh local repository caches from the main repository located on the DAS. Administration happens ideally at the DAS level only. The DAS is not required to run the cluster, only to modify its config."

bkurotsu discusses the options afforded by JTHarness in
Re: jtharness used as an distributed application acceptance framework.
"Almost any kind of test can be run under the harness, so I do not think there is any limitation that would stop you from doing what you want. What tends to make the difference is how much built-in support the harness and frameworks provide to you - to decrease the amount of code you need to write. The harness can help decrease the work required for you to configure, gather results and generate reports. The details depend on how complex your scenarios are. But JT Harness would be able to bring them all together under a single user interface"

Finally, twright announces a new add-on for Project Wonderland, in
WonderDAC Videos Online. "Greetings, forum! I have completed the first iteration of WonderDAC (discretionary access controls for Project Wonderland). Please find a more detailed description and link to QuickTime movies at: http://www.cleverbedlam.net/node/13."


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