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exclamation-mark.jpgUPDATES:

  • Recovering lost forum posts: If you find forum posts missing please note that you should still be able to recover them either from the mailing list archive of the specific project as well as from MarkMail.
  • Dec-23-2009: At the time of this post some, but not all, wikis and forums had been brought back up. I am told that now all forums and wikis are fully operational. However, there are still some problems posting to java.net blogs from external blogging clients – this is being worked on.

After the attack last week java.net now has been restored and should be (mostly) functional, including the Java Mobile & Embedded Community. Please note that recently added content may still be missing and needs to be reposted.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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exclamation-mark.jpgRestoring java.net has proved more involved than anticipated. Many parts of the Java Mobile & Embedded Community are back online again, including the front page, blogs, and top-level content pages (changes of the last two days still need to be reposted due to the delta with the backup).

However, wikis and forums are still unavailable and in the process of being restored.

Projects remain accessible via <projectname>.dev.java.net.

Cheers,

— Terrence

lwuit-logo.jpg LWUIT is moving at a rapid pace – not only is it evolving almost on a daily basis but it is literally being adopted all over the place. It’s hard not to believe LWUIT is becoming the defacto standard for constrained Java-based platforms.

Yesterday, LWUIT 1.3 was officially released. It is chock-full of new features and improvements – many of which developers have been craving for. Things like virtual keyboard support, an advanced table component, a new tree component … just to name a few.

LWUIT 1.3 Highlights

  • Bidi support (contributed by Telmap) – allows using LWUIT with Right To Left languages such as Arabic, Hebrew
  • Lightweight Virtual keyboard support – allowing for customizable touch screen input
  • Pixel based scrolling – allowing scroll to work as expected even when components/containers exceed screen bounds and not just for focusable components
  • Table layout and table component – allowing complex tabular UI’s including support for features such as spanning rows/columns
  • Tree component – supporting nested elements and expanding
  • Spinner component for date, time and numeric input within a range
  • Reimplementation of the ComboBox widget
  • SVG Support integrated into the Theme Creator (formerly LWUIT Designer/Resource Editor)
  • Touch device improvements: button menus, improved kinetic scrolling, tactile touch (vibration on touch)
  • Resource file specification
  • Redesigned the list renderer “rendering” logic so that it paints the backgrounds of the renderers first, and then the selection and foreground

All the details on the LWUIT blog.

Cheers,

— Terrence

fx-composer-screencast.pngYesterday, the JavaFX Composer plug-in for NetBeans 6.8 was released. Lukas put together a six minute screencast that shows you how to build a simple JavaFX application without any coding. Check it out.

Cheers,

— Terrence

exclamation-mark.jpgDue to the recent attack on the content section as well as the forums of java.net the site is now being restored and will become available as soon as the process is complete.

Projects are still accessible via <projectname>.dev.java.net. A complete list of projects can be found here.

Thanks for your patience. Cheers,

— Terrence

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Yesterday, the European Competition Commissioner Nellie Kroes confirmed her statement that “she is optimistic that the case will have a satisfactory outcome …”. This comes after an announcement by Oracle to make commitments to customers, developers, and users of MySQL.

Cheers,

— Terrence  

exclamation-mark.jpgUPDATE:

  • Dec-16-2009: java.net is now being restored. See here for more info.

It looks like parts of java.net (the forums as well as the blog comments) have been hacked in the last couple of hours. Needless to say this is being investigated with the highest priority. We’ll keep you updated.

Cheers,

— Terrence

netbeans6.8.png Seems like NetBeans 6.7 was just released. And now, here comes 6.8 – new and polished:

  • Java EE 6 Support – NetBeans is the first IDE to provide complete support for Java EE 6
  • Glassfish v3 Support – including the new lightweight GlassFish v3 Web Profile
  • PHP Support – expanded support for PHP 5.3 and the Symfony framework
  • Tigher integration with Project Kenai – Kenai is the up-and-coming collaborative environment for hosting open source projects and NetBeans now has built-in support for JIRA and improved instant messaging and issue tracker integration
  • C/C++ Profiling – monitor and tune your native C/C++ apps
  • NetBeans Platform – several bug fixes and performance improvements throughout the IDE
  • And last but not least: JavaFX Support – finally, working code completion, hints, and navigation support in the NetBeans editor! (yeah, long time coming …)

And more to come soon:

On December 15 the JavaFX Composer plugin for NetBeans will be released. JavaFX Composer is a drag-and-drop UI builder for JavaFX, similar to the Matisse UI builder for Swing that NetBeans has had for years. Here are some screen shots. Building widget-based UIs with JavaFX will become a breeze.

Cheers,

— Terrence

JavaStore-beta.png

Things are moving quickly with the Java Store and Java Warehouse. A couple of weeks ago payments were enabled and a number of countries added for the warehouse. Yesterday, another set of enhancements was made live:

  • Users can now create accounts within the Java Store client
  • The Java Store client has been improved with numerous small features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements
  • Developers outside the U.S. can now use the store view feature to preview their apps
  • And the Java Warehouse has been enabled for six new countries: Israel, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, and South Korea. The Warehouse is now open in 14 countries.

Developers are really starting to discover the Java Store now – check out some of the new applications available.

music-explorer-fx.png My personal favorite right now is Music Explorer FX – a slick and interactive way to check out your favorite artists, discover new music, and listen to it on-the-fly.
c64-emu.png Or how about some geeky nostalgia? Check out the Commodore C64 emulator JSwing C64 in the Java Store – complete with original font & screen (blue on blue!), BASIC interpreter, and emulated joystick and floppy. Yeah, baby!
javastore-video.png Want to know more? Check out the new, 5 minute introductory video on the Java Warehouse and Java Store.

The Java Store Beta Program has reopened for U.S. residents – try it out if you haven’t done so yet. Or sign up for the Java Warehouse, now open in 14 countries.

Cheers,

— Terrence

IMG_2239-small.jpgUPDATES:

JavaFX Mobile 1.2 for Windows Mobile was released as Early Access in July. Since they, our team has been busy polishing the code, fixing bugs, and implementing some major performance improvements. Yesterday, the final release hit javafx.com.

You can download the release bundle from the downloads page and start writing and deploying applications to your mobile phone immediately. Check out the ReleaseNotes.pdf, which are part of the download bundle, for more information. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, see my previous blog post regarding JavaFX Mobile for Windows Mobile, including a full screencast.

And while your on javafx.com, you might as well check out the Tutorial section – lots of new material available!

Cheers,

— Terrence

Note regarding license terms:

As per the terms of the license you may develop and run commercial applications on the JavaFX Mobile binary stack but you may not distribute the JavaFX Mobile binary stack nor bundle it with your application. For more information please see the license and the ReleaseNotes.pdf.

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