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This article was originally published in print on December 3, 2003"Eclipse represents the worst of Java" Lately, there's been a lot of guff spouted about how Sun isn't joining Eclipse. While I understand the bitterness aimed at Sun somewhat, I think that this particular brand of talk is counterproductive and, dare I say it, wrong. The talk tends to center around the concept of NetBeans and Eclipse using common technology, and I think this is misguided, and here's why. I really dislike Netbeans. I think it blows goats from here to Sussex, and considering that I live in the middle of the US, that's a lot of goats. Given the choice between NetBeans and... Notepad, I usually spend a minute pondering whether I can keep remembering to check extensions on filenames before realizing that I can, and I end up with sucky ol' Notepad instead of bothering with NetBeans. That sai... (more)

Project Rave - First Thoughts

Yesterday, Sun made an early access version of Studio Creator (i.e., "Project Rave") available. I downloaded it for both of my normal development platforms (the SPARCle, running Solaris, and Windows) and gave it a go. On first impressions, Creator is meant to be a Web application development tool, from the looks of it. There's no mention of distributed APIs outside of the servlet environment and web services, although Web services do seem to be pretty deeply integrated. Further, the kind of Web applications it's designed to create are, specifically, JSF applications. This is good ... (more)

JMX, JNDI, Swing, Java2D...There's Just No End to Java

We at JDJ really appreciate all the article submissions we've received lately. Topics we'd ideally still like to see covered moving forward include: JMX! Instrumenting for JMX is easy - and we've forthcoming articles on it. I'd like to see more in-depth treatment, though, as it's a core component of the new J2EE specification, and many application servers already use it - but I want to see how it can be made available, as well as case studies of how people have used it in the "real world" outside of the rarified atmosphere of specific applications. It's an enterprise tool, and mu... (more)

Java Trends - Exclusive Interview with Amy Fowler

Joe Ottinger had the opportunity to talk with Amy Fowler, a senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems and one of the founding members of the Java Swing GUI Toolkit, and discuss Swing, JSF, the JDNC, and some general trends in Java. JDJ: Can you tell us what your role is at Sun now? Amy Fowler: Officially, I'm the technical lead of the Java Desktop Network Component (JDNC) project, which aims to simplify Java desktop client development for Web-enabled applications. Unofficially, I'm a rich-client agitator. I've been at Sun forever and have been an engineer on the J2SE client team... (more)

Java Viewpoint: "I'm Starting to Like Java Studio Creator..."

I am really coming around to Java Studio Creator. I spoke with Jim Inscore from Sun today about it, after detailing my initial impressions on it, and we spent some time discussing the product, its positioning, and its future role. For one thing, he never called it "Rave," that I remember. I like the name "Rave;" it's distinctive, it has a certain panache. That said, it's only a code name for Sun, and lacks Sun's typical vanilla naming, so we have "Creator," instead. We talked about where Studio Creator fits in the developer landscape. Sun places Studio Creator squarely in the cor... (more)