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Chicago Is So Two Years Ago

Posted by editor on October 21, 2008 at 7:11 AM PDT

More like two years ahead, now that they've got Java-powered TVs

So here's an interesting bit of news about a project delivering the goods. You might remember a few months ago (was it last year?) when the Open Cable Alliance set up the OpenCable project as a home for resources related to the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) initiative, marketed under the name "tru2way", whose goal is simply the elimination of the cable box. With a standard network terminal for digital cable services, common among all cable providers, you can ditch the box and integrate the digital media services and interactivity right into the TV.

The other day, I was browsing Broadband Reports (né DSL Reports), and noticed the story Comcast, Panasonic Offer Tru2Way Sets, based around the news release Panasonic Announces Arrival of First Tru2way(TM) HDTVs at Retail:

Panasonic, the consumer electronics industry leader in the development and application of tru2way technology, and Comcast Corporation, the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications today announced the arrival of the first tru2way VIERA HDTVs at Abt Electronics in Glenview, IL and officially declared the tru2way platform active in Chicago and Denver.

Tru2way technology is being used to create a common software platform that will enable cable companies, consumer electronics companies, content developers, network programmers and others to extend interactivity to the TV set and other kinds of devices. The new Panasonic VIERA HDTVs are built with tru2way technology inside, enabling consumers to access two-way digital cable programming, like video on demand, without a cable operator-supplied set-top box. Panasonic and Comcast have worked together to lead the development and deployment of tru2way technology and related products which are based upon specifications developed by CableLabs(R), the industry's research and development arm.

The Broadband Reports story and comments section is a little more skeptical about the promised death of the cable box, though the story does note that Sony signed on to tru2way/OCAP over the summer, meaning more Java-powered TVs are on the way.

In another Mobile and Embedded Community item spotlighted in the Java Today section, the Centre for Mobile Education and Research is pleased to announce the early access to an academic kit for integrating mobile devices into the Computer Science (CS) curriculum. This academic kit has been created to facilitate the integration of mobile devices into CS and engineering courses for universities and colleges worldwide. The kit takes a mobile approach to teaching CS topics with a focus on Java ME and BlackBerry application development.
The academic kit contains 20 weeks worth of teaching material including lesson slides, labs, tutorials, quizzes and assignments.

The SDN has posted a transcript of the recent Ask The Experts session on OpenSSO. "The OpenSSO project is designed to provide an open and
extensible identity services infrastructure that simplifies the deployment of transparent single sign-on (SSO) as
a security component in a network environment. The project is the open source counterpart of OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0
(formerly Sun Access Manager), Sun's premier
access management, identity federation, and web services solution. In this session, Rajeev Angal, Aravindan Ranganathan,
Dilli Dorai, and Qingwen Cheng -- four members of Sun's access and federation management team -- answered a variety of
questions about OpenSSO."

In today's Weblogs,

Ed Burns looks for feedback on how people extend JavaServer Faces: "In order to solve issue [121-JarOrdering], EG member Alexander Smirnov from Exadel suggested we research the current practice of how JSF extension points are used. I took his idea and decided to create a wiki page to collect feedback from the community."

Fabrizio Giudici invites you to
Celebrate NetBeans' 10th birthday with JUG Genova (NetBeans Demo Camp). "I think you already know that in these days we're celebrating NetBeans' 10th birthday. JUG Genova will have a special NetBeans Demo Camp on November 25, don't miss it!"

Finally, John O'Conner has been busy
Annotating the JAX-RS 1.0 Spec: Chapters 1 and 2. "I spent part of the weekend reading the JAX-RS 1.0 Specification. With a wife, 5 kids, a dog, and a needy mother-in-law, I'm pretty busy. AYSO soccer, youth football games, and family outings take most of weekend time, but Sunday nights are my time. Ahh, time to relax you might think. But no...I spent most of the time reading a technical spec."

In today's Forums, mattnathan explains where his SwingX stuff is after a big cleanup, in
Re: Finally cleaned incubator area (mattnathan) + Demos. "If you check out the source via CVS it's in the src/mattnathan directory (see here for checkout details). I provide a IntelliJ IDEA project file which should be up to date, if you're using another IDE then the project dependencies for API and All modules are in www/documentation/mattnathan/images/ and are both linked in my first post."

Fabian Ritzmann clarifies the status of WSIT in Metro, in
Re: Using spring-ws with metro components. "WSIT support is still there: It is a little tricky (and not well documented) to create a web service from WSDL including policies but that is possible nevertheless."

Finally, sm157516 lays out the options for
Creating Connectionpool with hsqldb. "JDBC Connection pool can be created in glassfish in 3 ways - Admin console (http://localhost:4848) - Admin CLI (asadmin create-jdbc-connection-pool /create-jdbc-resource commands) - asadmin add-resources command using a sun-resources.xml file with the properties specified. Please refer the documentation for the above. "

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