Over the last few months I have made more than a passing reference to the
fact that I personally feel that, in its present state, Java doesn't stand
much chance on the desktop against the march of Microsoft's WinForm
technology from the .NET Framework. A view, I have discovered, shared by many
of you. Before I go on, let me clarify my position here so we are all on the
same page. The frameworks currently available to the Java developer from the
standard JDK, of course, are AWT and Swing. Naturally we are not talking
about other client-side technologies, such as SWT, Thinlets, and Droplets to
name a few, but more on them later.
The less said about AWT the better. It doesn't even stand up to the
functionality of an HTML page with a basic FORM embedded in it. But we were
told not to despair, Sun promised a much better technology was in the works.
We were then presente... (more)
(June 5, 2003) - Yesterday a new entity burst onto the US corporate stage -
"Core Developers Network LLC." Its aim: to provide consultancy services to a
wide range of Java open-source technologies as well as some mainstream
products such as Oracle.
What's the big deal? Well, there is none. It's just another company coming
onto the market and we wish them the best of luck in their new venture,
especially in this still-slow economy.
But looking at the core individuals of this new company, we do see something
a little more interesting. The clue is in their name: Core Developers
(Editor's note: This report is taken from Alan Williamson's JavaOne 2003
blog. Here, he's upfront and center at the debut of Project Rave.)
(June 11, 2003) - This is being blogged LIVE, as and when it happens, here at
the Moscone. It's raw and uncut!
Watching Project Rave live, and it crashed!!!
Rich Green is winging it... and is struggling.
And still we are waiting... phew... it's come up!
And oops - the event trigger didn't work! Demo not going too well here... I
wonder what Microsoft thinks now.
And that was it ... the big tool for that is going to kill Eclipse and take
over Vi... (more)
OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board Members Announced Schwartz Attacks GPL;
Sun's Mention of "Stewardship" Has People Thinking of JavaAt the inaugural
Open Source Business Conference, which opened today in San Francisco,
Jonathan Schwartz has been giving a keynote. We bring here an early
on-the-spot report, written by former JDJ editor-in-chief and LinuxWorld
Magazine founding editor, Alan Williamson.
Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems, today opened up the
spring Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco. The OSBC is
aimed at the business side... (more)
Alan Williamson's Blog
Have you played with Google's Desktop tool? This is basically a strip on the
side of your screen that lets you house small applications, called Gadgets.
The tool is available for Windows, Linux and Mac so no matter your vice there
is a flavour for you.
There is a wide variety of Gadgets available, ranging from the usual news
tickers and clocks right through to games and even being able to vote if a
girl is hot or not!
given framework that is provided to by the Google application th... (more)