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Just a quick note:

I will be speaking at the German Oracle User Group (DOAG) at the Conference Center East in Nuremberg today.

Talk: “Oracle’s Strategy for Mobile & Embedded Java”

Time: 12:00 noon

See you there!

Cheers,

— Terrence

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This is a bit off-topic but I wanted to share because it seems a lot of people are running into issues with choppy video playback and stutter on Mac OS X.

I am using a Mac Mini with Snow Leopard (10.6.8) as a home media center and it has worked great in the past, playing back music and videos from multiple sources (web, quicktime, VLC, EyeTV). A few weeks ago the video playback from all my sources started to become choppy, to stutter, and often the picture would hang for seconds at a time. Totally unusable. Drove me nuts for two weeks.

After much research and trial-and-error it turns out the problem was an outdated Flash Player which seems to have messed up the video pipeline for the entire system. The short is, I updated the Flash Player to version 11 directly from the Adobe web site, rebooted the Mac Mini, and all is well again!

Judging from the various posts across the web, video playback appears to be a fairly widespread problem for Mac users and I hope this helps some of you out there! And I can’t wait to get rid of Flash altogether – I can’t remember the times it has crashed my browser, hung my system, and screwed up things. Thanks Adobe ;-(

Cheers,

— Terrence

javafx.pngA few weeks ago at JavaOne, Oracle announced its intention to open source the JavaFX platform.

To that effect, Oracle yesterday proposed to the OpenJDK mailing list the creation of the OpenJFX Project as the home not only for the JavaFX source code, but also for current and future development of the JavaFX toolkit in an open development model.

This is a significant step for the JavaFX technology and the OpenJDK project and demonstrates quite clearly Oracle’s commitment to open source, transparency, community building, and the success of JavaFX.

Some info on the planned OpenJFX contribution:

  • Over 6000+ public API members (methods/constructors/etc.)
  • Over 11,500 unit tests
  • Core libraries such as observable collections and binding
  • Scene graph, effects, graphics
  • CSS support for JavaFX
  • Media
  • WebView
  • Prism (hardware accelerated graphics, including openGL and D3D and java2D implementations)
  • Glass (windowing system, base porting layer, including mac, linux, and windows implementations)
  • UI Controls and Charts

More background information can also be found on the FX EXPERIENCE blog.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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