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Java Tools Community Milestone: Newsletter Issue 200

Posted by editor on July 29, 2009 at 7:07 AM PDT

The Java Tools Community has reached a milestone with the publication of the 200th issue of the Java Tools Community Newsletter. That's quite a testament to perseverance and desire to share information with the broader community by the newsletter team. It takes a lot of time to decide what information is relevant and might be of interest to a community, then collate it into a publishable form. I know about this, since it's a primary task in my position as java.net editor, in creating the java.net front page every day.

The first issue of the Java Tools Community Newsletter came out almost five years ago, on August 7, 2004. That issue featured the ofbiz project, an open source enterprise automation software (ERP, CRM, E-Business / E-Commerce, etc.) project; Which4J, a simple utility app that helps you determine where classes are being loaded from; and babaxp, a development cycle tool (now discontinued by the authors, but the code is available on request).

The newsletter was published weekly at first. Soon it switched into its current, less rigid schedule. 200 issues have been published in five years, which averages out to a new issue every 9 days -- still quite a rigorous production schedule!

The current issue features 17 items under the "Tool News" banner, including the Open JDK Milestone 4 news I posted in today's "Java Today" section. Other interesting news items include the Apache CouchDB 0.9.1 release (CouchDB is "a distributed, fault-tolerant and schema-free document-oriented database accessible via a RESTful HTTP/JSON API"); Borland Introduces Silk 2009 ("Silk 2009 is a comprehensive software test suite designed to support the testing needs of both Agile and traditional development teams by simplifying testing activities..."); and Oracle Coherence 3.5 ("Oracle Coherence is an in-memory data grid solution, enabling organizations to predictably scale mission-critical applications by providing fast and reliable access to frequently used data").

Each issue of the newsletter also includes the "Tools Tips" section. This issue's tip is "An Extreme Feedback device for Hudson using the Radiator View Plugin." The Radiator View Plugin "provides a new View implementation displaying project status in a highly visible manner" -- useful for keeping the development team readily informed of project and build status in continuous integration development environments.

Each issue also provides news from the projects in the Java Tools Community, introduces new projects, and lists projects that have graduated (reached Release 1.0).

You can view the entire archive of Java Tools Newletters on the Java Tools newsletter history page.


In Java Today JavaTools Community Newsletter - Issue 200 is now available: "A new edition of the newsletter is available, with news, new projects and tips! If you want to receive the newsletter by email, please subscribe the announcements mailing list - or read the current issue here."

The Java Tools Community points out OpenJDK7 / JDK7 release: Milestone 4 in their latest newsletter. Xiomara, of the JDK team, says: "JDK 7 build 66 which is the final build for Milestone 4 has been released! The last milestone (M3) was released during the JavaOne time frame and since then, the teams have been making progress by fixing bugs and forward porting changes from the other JDK trains to JDK7..."

Charles Ditzel writes on the JavaLobby site What's Wrong With JavaFX and What Needs Fixing?: "With the recent spate of Rich Internet Application frameworks - such as Flex, Silverlight and more recently JavaFX (script) - it is clear that there is a lot of confusion over using a Java-based RIA framework such as JavaFX or using a Rich Internet Platform based on Java such as the Eclipse RCP or NetBeans Platform. Of course - there shouldn't be any confusion except that..."


In today's Weblogs, Jitendra Kotamraju writes about Bing and JAX-WS RI: "Using wsimport to consume bing's wsdl will run into conflicts: Too bad, wsimport doesn't work out of the box to consume bing's wsdl. It reports conflicts for SearchRequest and SearchResponse. You could use an unsupported(and undocumented!) wsimport switch -XautoNameResoultion that resolves the conflicts automatically. . "

Terrence Barr announces Just released: JavaFX Mobile 1.2 EA for Windows Mobile: "Ever since JavaFX Mobile was announced at Mobile World Congress in February developers were asking: When can we get our hands on real devices? Sure, the Mobile Emulator has been available for a while - but nothing beats the real thing...."

And Fabrizio Giudici continues his discussion on Mercurial: async operations are safer too: "I've previously told you that I'm going to blog about why I've switched to Mercurial and how I'm using it. A quick tip for today is to learn how the capability of working in async mode (that is, you first..."


In the Forums, gsong has an issue where a GlassFish Cluster doesn't replicate session: "I have been reading alot on how to set up glassfish cluter and I think I have did everything suggested on the instructions, but I'm still can't get thte
cluster session replication working. I have two server and created one instance on each server. I create a
cluster and deployed the clusterjsp.ear which get from the "$glassfish\samples\quickstart\clusterjsp' on the cluster, and it's seems that the session replication never working but it worked when i deploy the two instance both on one mache. test page of instance_gf1_1... "

Eduardo Peligri is Looking for volunteers for GF v3 FCS community event: "Please contact me if you want to help coordinate the community side of the GlassFish v3 FCS (GA/final) launch. My hope is that we can make it an informative, participative, world-wide event. Hopefully also fun! Please pass it on to other groups in the larger community..."

And mara_fenske provides a PhoneME Windows Mobile MIDP Wish List: "I am only going to list these items as "wish list" items because I am unable to do them myself because I have no legit C experience, but here are a few things that I would love to see added/fixed/reimplemented in the PhoneME builds for Windows Mobile MIDP (Feature and Advanced Dual Stack): * The latest builds of Advanced Dual Stack have serious virtual keyboard issues. It is a pain to try and pull up the virtual keyboard by using the menu each time you want to enter data into a text field in an application. Furthermore, on many devices the keyboard rarely opens even when you choose the Virtual Keyboard in the options..."


The current Spotlight is the Alice Team Roundtable. Sonya Barry moderates a discussion with the Alice Team in this java.net Community Corner 2009 podcast, recorded at JavaOne: "Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Created at Carnegie Mellon University, Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming..."


This week's java.net Poll asks "What's your view of the emerging JDK 7?". Thursday is the last full day of voting.


Our Feature Articles include an article by Jeff Friesen, Introducting Custom Cursors to JavaFX. In this article, Jeff shows developers how to leverage undocumented JavaFX capabilities to support custom cursors in versions 1.2 and 1.1.1. Meanwhile, Francesco Azzola's Integrating JavaFX with JavaEE Using Spring and Hessian Protocol shows how a JavaFX client can call remote JavaEE services using the Spring framework and the Hessian protocol.


The latest Java Mobility Podcast is Java Mobility Podcast 82: JATAF panel discussion: "Excerpts of the panel discussion for the launch of JATAF (the Java Application Terminal Alignment Framework) at JavaOne."

The latest OpenJDK Podcast is

The latest JavaOne Community Corner Podcast is


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The Java Tools Community has reached a milestone with the publication of the 200th issue of the Java Tools Community Newsletter...