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Unless you've been stranded on a re- mote government testing station in outermost Mongolia, you'll know that the new kid on the block is sticking around and making some serious inroads on corporate America. I am, of course, talking of Linux, and with that, welcome to the Linux Focus Issue of JDJ. Unless you've been stranded on a re- mote government testing station in outermost Mongolia, you'll know that the new kid on the block is sticking around and making some serious inroads on corporate America. I am, of course, talking of Linux, and with that, welcome to the Linux Focus Issue of JDJ. We've pulled together a number of articles that offer you a window into the world of Linux and show how you, as a Java developer, can utilize this new tool emerging on the horizon. For a number of years now Linux was not given the respect it deserved. Many large blue chips dismissed ... (more)

To Our CFML Friends: We Welcome You

Fly me to the moon...let me walk among the stars" or at least America. I am at present sitting in a Continental plane flying over the beautiful Scottish islands, sun beaming in through the window, contemplating the week ahead of me. My destination is Toronto where I will be attending the CFML conference, CFNORTH. It has been very interesting to watch how the CFML community is reacting to the Java releases. Their responses serve to illustrate the point I have been banging on about for the last few months: outside of the Java community, we still have a long way to go in the educat... (more)

Swing Is Swinging Java Out of the Desktop

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... (more)

What's in a Specification?

This past month gave me a newfound respect for specification writers. I remember when James Davidson marshaled the early Servlet API and the lively discussions that ensued on the mailing lists, basically coordinating the entire operation (no JCP in those days, eh?!). The point is, at least there were discussions and, more important, a formalized document was produced at the end of the process. This past month I found myself dabbling in a number of technologies that sat outside the comfort of Javaland. For a project I'm involved with (Blog-City), I was tasked with building the XM... (more)

Live at JavaOne: Alan Williamson Blogs the Project Rave Keynote

(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)