Back in Prague, I checked the referrers to this blog, and found that the interest in the Java EE 5 CRUD generator (for want of a better term) in NetBeans IDE 5.5 has not abated. Here are a few links to the recent interesting articles and discussions that have erupted around this new functionality (excluding those I mentioned in an earlier blog entry):
PS: The last link above... not only do I have no idea what the blog entry says, I also have no idea what language it is in. Hope someone can enlighten me!
A few people (including myself) would want this functionality to include the possibility of synchronizing the code after making changes to the database. I'd be willing to bet a few dollars (or whatever currency you prefer) that this is going to happen at some point in the middle future. However, can't we just be a little bit amazed at the progress made thus far? I mean, it's a bit like discovering that you're suddenly able to fly and then complaining that you're not able to walk on water too. Sure, you can't do everything you'd like to do with this functionality, however you can already do a lot more than before. (I told James Gosling about it yesterday and his reaction was great: when I mentioned the menu item "Create Entity Classes from Database", he smiled; when I then mentioned the menu item "Create JSF Pages from Entity Classes", he laughed out loud.)
By the way, I created a little module especially for Johannesburg's Sun Tech Days and NetBeans Day. Whenever I wasn't demoing something, or in between presentations (even, during James Gosling's keynote address), I had this displayed on my laptop (which, during NetBeans Day was projected onto a large screen where everyone could see it):
Also, if you were at Sun Tech Days or at NetBeans Day and you gave me your address for sending a NetBeans 5.0 CD, here's some good news—I've just finished putting the CDs in envelopes and have dropped them off for mailing. There were 14 in total, if anyone else was at Sun Tech Days/NetBeans Day and wanted a CD and is reading this blog, please drop me an e-mail with your address (or use the link shown in the screenshot above under "I want a CD!") or leave your address at the end of this blog entry.
First thing tomorrow morning I will... be traveling for the very first time in my life to the US! I'll be at the Santa Clara office for the coming week and then at JavaOne. In many ways, I am even more excited about the fact that I'll be in the States than the fact that I'll be at JavaOne! I suspect it'll feel a lot like being in a movie... Definitely looking forward to it in a big way.