At a Glance: Last Week's Developer Reviews
By chhandomay on Jul 07, 2009
JavaFX received rave reviews for its usability, with one blogger proclaiming that JavaFX “really does a nice job of blending the timeframe based concepts of other programming environments into a nice declarative language.” According to blogger Pieter, developers are better off choosing JavaFX over Silverlight or Air because “it is the most logical step,” since the developer will already be used to the tools. Finally, blogger Jonathan Giles, a self-identified “UI geek,” tested out JavaFX and blogged about how to maintain consistent borders in JavaFX’s TextBox control.
OpenOffice beat out the competition, receiving praise for being “functional, usable, and user-friendly” from Geek.com’s Rick Hodgin in his piece on a potential Office alternative from Cisco. A Rarst.net blogger described OpenOffice as “one of the open source flagships” and noted it has a “set of powerful functions and a company more than willing to support it.” Finally, in order to help readers get the most out of OpenOffice.org’s “many advanced features,” a blogger from Linux Beacon compiled an in-depth list of tips for Writer.
MySQL won excellent feedback for a variety of features this week. One blogger liked the combination of PERL and MySQL, writing, “That's what the internet calls a 'win.'” He felt that the combination of PERL and MySQL was particularly “useful for reading hundreds of little text files and organizing them into one big data set.” Another blogger, who was troubleshooting a problem with Ubuntu, noted the high quality of MySQL’s test suite, which allowed him to easily identify the issue.
After a briefing with Sun Product Manager Larry Wake, InformationWeek’s Serdar Yegulap praised Sun’s strategic positioning around OpenSolaris as “the key element in a kick-butt application stack,” and felt that making Solaris open-source was a “big help” towards helping users get adjusted to a more rapid release cycle. Echoing Serdar’s positive review was blogger Bob Gourley, who switched to OpenSolaris in his home office and described the key benefits that led to his decision – security, cost, functionality, and fun.
A blogger from Mokblok kicked off the accolades for the new NetBeans 6.7, writing that “tight integration with Kenai and native Maven integration…really rock!” Another blogger also raved about native Maven integration and highlighted NetBeans’ efficient use of memory. Rounding out the cheers was a blogger who got hands-on with NetBeans writing, “The nice thing with NetBeans 6.7 and Maven, is that NetBeans modifies your maven project when you create a web service.”