Fun with Duke

It's been a really weird summer, mostly in a good way. Easily the weirdest summer of my professional career. A lot of stuff has been going on, much of which would make good blog material, but none of it can be blogged about. The Oracle transition can't happen fast enough.

I have spent some time on a silly but fun project: moving the Duke artwork from duke.dev.java.net to kenai.com/projects/duke. Along the way I added a bunch of new artwork collected from assorted places. Duke's new home uses a new kenai feature that's in early alpha testing: the ability to associate a WebDAV filesystem with a project. In this case, it's http://duke.kenai.com, or via webdav at https://kenai.com/website/duke

Among the new artwork is the giant billboard/banner that appeared at Moscone for the last JavaOne. The "gigantic" image is 28000x6400: don't bother downloading it unless you have a really big printer.

Another interesting one is the artwork for a tshirt that was never produced that was intended for an End of an Era party for Sun employees at Great America. The party never happened. The artwork is kinda fun: it features Duke having a beer with a character based on a Sun100 workstation - sun's first computer. If you look at the high resolution version, you'll see that the Sun100 is running OpenSolaris :-) If you want a shirt or mug made with it, I put it up on cafepress.

Comments:

"don't bother downloading it unless you have a really big printer. "

A 180 megapixel image is excellent for load testing too if you're doing imaging projects. Especially if the image is open sourced.

PS The first failed load test is with NetBeans: if you try to open it, instead of downloading, NetBeans just gets stuck.

Posted by Fabrizio Giudici on July 29, 2009 at 07:46 PM PDT #

Hell, NOT NetBeans, I meant Firefox...

Posted by Fabrizio Giudici on July 29, 2009 at 07:47 PM PDT #

Yeah,I am looking for Duke pics all the time.
thx ,Father of Java

Posted by vic on July 29, 2009 at 11:09 PM PDT #

It's a bummer the party didn't happen. But it was a good thought and a nice gesture. Thanks for trying!

Posted by Anonymous on July 30, 2009 at 06:11 AM PDT #

If anyone with Kenai projects wonder why the website option doesn't appear, currently the kenai team have to enable it - esp as it's beta.

I'm using it on one project for test purposes (with a few gotchas), but my other projects don't have that option...

Anyhow jag - it's good to hear from you, it's been a bit quiet recently...

Posted by Peter Mount on July 31, 2009 at 12:15 AM PDT #

Thank you very much. I will have many great images for my projects now .

Posted by Jacky Chan on July 31, 2009 at 01:01 AM PDT #

Nice.
As I have written before in an other blog:
Would be nice, if you create for JDK7 something like the "Free Willy"-poster
http://courses.washington.edu/ejourn/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/free_willy.jpg
But instead of the boy, using duke for this.
And instead of the orca-whale using a dolphin (the old code-name of Java 7).
And instead the title "Free Willy" using "Free Java" or something like that. Beacuse JDK7 will be the first JDK, which will be at the beginning OpenSource. And JDK7 will be nearly equal to OpenJDK7.

Posted by Stenley on July 31, 2009 at 03:44 AM PDT #

Btw:
To the comic-book-frontpage at
http://duke.kenai.com/comicbook/index.html

There existing the complete comic online at
http://www.mightycrusaders.net/continuity_duke_cover.htm

Posted by Stenley on July 31, 2009 at 03:56 AM PDT #

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