At a Glance: Last Week's VirtualBox, JavaFX, NetBeans, OpenSolaris and OpenOffice Reviews


VirtualBox
VirtualBox evangelists raved about the software this week while also highlighting some of their favorite features. Jack Wallen of ghacks demonstrated how to connect to a VirtualBox machine using rdesktop and said, “VirtualBox continues to show itself to be one of the most flexible, useful tools available.” Scott Spanbauer of TechWorld discussed VirtualBox installation and noted “Sun Microsystems should rename its free, open-source virtualization utility VersatileBox,” because of its significant operating systems support. Finally, TechWorld's Richard Leon demonstrated setting up and installing a new operating system in VirtualBox on a Mac, highlighting how with the software one “can switch to a different operating system almost instantly.”

JavaFX
JavaFX users continued to inspire other RIA developers to try the programming language by posting plenty of tips and tutorials. JavaFX Coding Challenge Winner Sten Anderson demonstrated a new method to create a border panel, and Jeff “JavaJeff” Friesen posted a new JavaFX 1.2 units conversion application with an in-depth article that takes a deep dive into the process of building the application. The breadth of JavaFX resources inspired Martin to try the programming language, who reported on his experience noting that when building his first application “I got 80% of the initial functionality done within an hour.” Within a few days Martin was already up to speed with JavaFX, and posted a tutorial of his own that discussed how to create a custom subclass of javafx.async.Task.

NetBeans
NetBeans bloggers generously shared their knowledge this week with Tushar Joshi publishing a tutorial that fully detailed and demonstrated how to create a desktop application in NetBeans, how to find the JAR file after building the application, and how to start a Java Desktop application. Blogger Ali Riza Saral from TEKNE – TECHNE posted an in-depth tutorial that explained how to create custom packages with NetBeans, while Alfonso Romero of packpub.com connected NetBeans with VirtualBox, demonstrating how to configure the software programs with the TurnKey LAMP appliance to develop complex PHP applications in a virtual environment.

OpenSolaris
OpenSolaris users had nothing but positive things to say about the operating system this week with blogger Tami from milkdrop.de detailing why she selected OpenSolaris for her new machine, listing the operating system's ZFS, RAID-Z2, and iSCSI functions as major factors, which she noted are “perfect for a file server.” Similarly, a blogger from Random Ideas praised his OpenSolaris NAS box which he described as “rock stable,” noting that even with daily use he had not needed to reboot for more than a month.

OpenOffice
Bloggers were buzzing about OpenOffice this week with a long-time user from the Paradosis blog stating: “I've been using it now for around two years and as I rack my brain in search of a memory, I cannot discern any complaints or bad experiences I have had with OpenOffice.” A blogger from Revelations from an Unwashed brain said “OpenOffice is a great thing. I use it all the time. My kids use it...I find it does everything I need to do.” Finally, a blogger from A Whiff of Doom praised the utilities of OpenOffice saying it offers all you would expect from a big-name, big-bucks business suite, but pointed out OpenOffice “takes up less hard drive space and memory than comparable programs.”

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