Friday Apr 24, 2009

Get Your Slice of the PIE...

Sometimes, you just want some PIE... my friends Hector and Baron are investigating some really interesting things right now, so I thought I would do my part and pass on their messages to you:

A strange phenomenon is occuring with increased frequency across the globe. These unexplained events are a harbinger of a massive change in mankind's direction. Recent sightings suggest that another event is about to occur. How do we know...because it's happened before.

We're Baron Rude and Hector Macchiato and we've dedicated our lives to researching the paranormal, the strange and the unexplained. Another JUMP is coming and we need your help. Humanity is once again on the cusp of change.  Won't you join the cause and help us solve the mystery of the JUMP?

So what can you do? 

Share your stories, news and knowledge with Baron and well as collaborate and brainstorm with other PIE network members.  They need your won't you join the cause? You can visit their website here and register. Happy hunting! :-) 


Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

Java SE6U10 is now available!


Java SE6u10 is officially here - the latest version of Java for PCs. What's so cool about the new update? Java SE6u10 pushes the envelope by adding more new features and functionality than any other update release! (think FAST!)  

Not only does that mean fast to download, but it also means improved startup time for Java applications AND applets. 

Another cool feature is the ability to drag Java applets directly FROM the browser and have them run as a desktop widget. How sweet is that? And the widgets on your desktop even after you close the browser window.  

This release of Java SE6u10 constitutes an important milestone towards the upcoming release of JavaFX as well! (again..SWEET!) 

And before I go, make sure to stop by the new Planetarium site, which features news related to Java and JavaFX.  

Go for it today and have some fun!  Enjoy the day! :-D


Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

New JavaFX Screencast

Happy Wednesday everyone! Once again its a busy week, but its busy with fun things! :-) Later this week Eric and David (and I will be there too!) will be sitting down with the father of Java for our weekly episode of "This Ain't Your Dad's Java". You will have to tune in to Sun Total Access Network and to our podcast to see what he has to say and much more!

I will be blogging about my artist of the week as well later this week, but I wanted to direct you to a new screencast that was just produced about JavaFX. Jeff Hoffman, a User Experience Designer, introduces Project Nile, a tool that works with JavaFX. He shows you how to use the features of Project Nile, which include export plugins for Adobe products, a SVG graphics converter, a JavaFX graphics view and samples. Make sure to tune in to see what Jeff has to say.

Also, have a question about JavaFX? You have a chance \*this week\* to Ask The Experts! Head over here to ask your questions. The Ask the Experts program gives you the opportunity to ask questions about Java technology or Java tools from Sun and get answers from the experts on that topic. The tool does not require you to log in and allows you to submit questions when its convenient for you. 

 And one more thing..make sure to stop by SDNGal's page today....I hear she is going to be posting a very yummy recipe today... I can't wait to see what it is!  

Enjoy your day! :-D

Friday Aug 15, 2008

♪ artist of the week. ♪

Hello everyone! I have been a quiet blogger this week as it has literally gotten away from me! I am knee deep in a bunch of very cool things that I can't talk about quite yet, but when I can, you will be stoked! This week was hectic, as I mentioned before, but we recorded two new podcasts for "This Ain't Your Dad's Java" and those will be up on iTunes and on our RSS Feed early next week. These two episodes are called "The One About the Twins" and "The One About Media Elitists".  In any case, I wanted to introduce you to my artist of the week before the week was officially over. This week I am bringing you one of my top 10 bands of all time, if not in my top 3... from the moment I heard them in the late 90s I knew I was going to be in love with them from that point forward. This week I am featuring none other than the band Travis.

  Travis was one of the most prominent British traditional rock bands in the mid- to late '90s. Following Oasis' lead of crafting down-to-earth, heartfelt songs in the vein of classic British bands from the '60s, Travis was more successful and enduring than some of their peers due to their lively, impassioned songwriting and performances. The group formed in Glasgow around 1990 as something of a lark for its members, singer/songwriter Francis Healy, guitarist Andy Dunlop, drummer Neil Primrose, and bassist Dougie Payne. After finishing their studies at art school a few years later, the foursome became more serious about Travis' potential and moved to London in 1996. Their self-released debut EP, All I Wanna Do Is Rock, came out in the fall of that year; with its earnest vocals and soaring guitars, it captured the spirit of British rock at the time, which was retreating from some of Britpop's artiness to a back-to-basics sound. Their second single, 1997's "U16 Girls," was released by Independiente Records, the new label headed by former Go! Discs director Andy MacDonald; a few months later, their critically acclaimed full-length debut, "Good Feeling", arrived. Recorded in a matter of days with top producer Steve Lillywhite, the album included hit singles like "Happy" and "Tied to the '90s" and immediately entered the Top Ten of the U.K. charts. The following year, Travis began sessions with star producer Nigel Godrich for the follow-up to Good Feeling, recording in six studios in as many months. Though it was a slower, darker affair, when "The Man Who" appeared in 1999 it eclipsed Travis' previous successes, going platinum six times in the U.K. and spawning more hit singles such as "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" and "Writing to Reach You." Nominated Select Magazine's Album of the Year (and finishing in the Top Ten of many other publication's year-end lists), The Man Who appeared on U.S. shores in early 2000, just in time for a tour with their musical big brothers, Oasis. Debuting at the number one spot on the U.K. album chart, "The Invisible Band" was issued in June 2001 just prior to stateside summer gigs with Dido. Two years later, the band issued "12 Memories", which was followed in late 2004 with the singles collection "Singles". Travis finally returned with an album of all-new material in the spring of 2007 entitled "The Boy with No Name", whose arrival was announced by the release of the single "Closer." Chris Martin from Coldplay has said on more than one occasion that Coldplay is "the poor man's Travis" and were known to cover Travis songs early on in their career.  

I was fortunate to be able to catch Travis twice last year at The Fillmore (once on their way to Coachella and once in support of their new album) and I have seen them many times before. During their last show (in November) Fran mentioned that they would be going right back into the studio to work on a new album.  "Ode to J. Smith" is deemed to be their loudest, edgiest and most arresting record since their debut. Written in 5 weeks and recorded in just 14 days, its the sound of a band re-born, re-inspired and re-energized. Yesterday, Fran wrote a blog about their first single from the new album titled "Something Anything" . As promised, its rockier, its edgier and it's making me super, super excited for the album. I have already pre-ordered it and I can't wait until the single hits! Lucky for us, the boys have already made the video and I am leaving it with you hear for you viewing and hearing pleasure. Go out and invest in all of Travis' albums; I can promise you that your ears (and the boys themselves!) will thank you. Happy weekend! Enjoy your day! :-D




Thursday Jul 31, 2008

JavaFX SDK Preview Available Today!

Happy Thursday everyone! Today is an exciting day in Java land. I'm thrilled to announce that we officially launched the JavaFX Preview SDK this morning!  This is a very exciting milestone for us as it marks our first official release and includes tools to enable web scripters to begin prototyping JavaFX content for use in desktop or browsers.

The JavaFX Preview release is designed to help early adopters become familiar with JavaFX and is not yet being offered for commercial applications. The JavaFX Preview release consists of the following components:

  • JavaFX Preview SDK: Provides the JavaFX compiler and runtime tools, 2D graphics and media libraries to create highly interactive applications for desktop and browser, as well as tutorials, API documentation and sample code.
  • NetBeans 6.1 IDE with integrated JavaFX plug-in: Provides a sophisticated development environment to build, preview, and debug JavaFX applications.
  • Project Nile: An easy to use tool that exports creative assets from Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to JavaFX applications.
  • Java Runtime Environment 6 Update 10 Beta: Delivers a high performance runtime with a new browser plug-in that provides the ability to drag a live running applet out of a web browser and dynamically transform it into an application running on the desktop.

So now its your turn... go to download the preview SDK here and get started playing around with JavaFX today!

Think Creative - Be Creative

 Enjoy the day! :-)

Friday Jul 18, 2008

This Ain't Your Dad's Java...

Yesterday I sat down with Eric Klein, VP of Java Marketing and David Bryant, Sr. Director of Java Marketing and recorded our first Java podcast in our new series "This Ain't Your Dad's Java". I think we all had way too much fun doing it and make sure to look for it to be up on iTunes,,, our blogs, etc. in the next week. This will be a weekly podcast where Eric and David will have guests on and will be answering questions that you all have for them. Ask them anything...they are willing to answer it all. ;-) Oh, and if you want to email us your questions, send us an email to and we will get your questions, suggestions in the queue for one of our next shows. Their first show really gives everyone a great glimpse into who these two rockstars are and what is on their mind. We talk everything from Blu-ray, JavaFX and Java SE to the Livescribe pen to Coldplay and Remember the Milk. We go all over, but you will learn a lot. I know I did. And you will definitely laugh along the way. Once we have it uploaded everywhere, I will let you know. I hope everyone has a great weekend! :-) 




Monday Jul 14, 2008

All I want is your photograph...


Hello everyone! I figured if I started out with a music lyric reference, I would catch your attention. Any idea what song and group I paid homage to? SDNGal and I have officially launched our Sun Total Access Network on Flickr and we want you to join us! Its pretty easy...all you have to do is become a contact and upload your Sun/Sun Developer Network related photos (old or new..we welcome all!) to our page. Whether its a picture snapped at JavaOne, Tech Days, or a a group of you out and about together, we would love them to be part of our set. :) And, to make things fun for you, we will be giving away a Prize Pack to one of our new contacts. Simply upload your photos between July 14, 2008 and July 28, 2008 and tag them with SunTAN/Sun Developer Network/Event title/Event date/Persons/products shown and you will be entered into a drawing for our Prize Pack which includes a Sun SPOT Development kit, Sun t-shirt, SMI press book, and Java ipod carrier. It's pretty sweet package...but we expect your photos to be even sweeter. Become a contact and start uploading today!

Thursday Jul 10, 2008

NetBeans to support Python- Join the NBPython project today!

Happy Thursday everyone! I just got an email from one of my favorite people and co-workers, Tabitha Scatena, about an exciting NetBeans event that is taking place next week.

On Tuesday at EuroPython 2008, Ted Leung (Dynamic Languages & Tools Architect, Sun Microsystems) and Frank Wierzbicki (Jython Project Lead, Sun Microsystems) announced that the NetBeans IDE will be supporting Python and Jython in future releases. At the core of bringing Python/Jython support to the NetBeans IDE, is the formation of the NBPython Project, led by community member Allan Davis.

For more information, visit the NBPython Project page 
and request membership to the project. For developers wishing to contribute, sign up for the development mailing list.

In addition, the Sun Developer Network (SDN) is also launching the Python Developer Center and is planning to feature Python/Jython technologies in future Sun Tech Days events, a 15-city world tour designed to educate developers in local markets on various technologies. Python runtime support is already available in OpenSolaris 2008.05, via the repository, as well as with Cool Stack on Solaris 10-based systems.

Sounds like a lot of fun and interesting things are coming for NetBeans! 


Tuesday Jul 08, 2008

This was too cool not to share...

Good morning! I saw this yesterday and I thought it was too cool not to share being that it combined two things I think are neat (Bob Dylan and typography).  Turn up the volume and enjoy! :-)  

Tuesday Jun 10, 2008

Join the OpenSolaris Community for OSDevCon in Prague!

My friend and co-worker, Terri Wischmann, who works on all things OpenSolaris just told me about a great event that is happening in EMEA for all you OpenSolaris developers!  

The OpenSolaris Developer Conference is an annual worldwide community event organized conference for OpenSolaris enthusiasts, engineers and users. The purpose of the conference is to bring together people interested in OpenSolaris development and meet, discuss, create connections between attendees and do coding together in an informal fashion.  The annual Developer Conference (OSDevCon) moves for its second year from the heart of Germany – Berlin to the heart of Czech Republic – Prague. (both of those cities are beautiful AND fun) All OpenSolaris enthusiasts and people interested in the development of OpenSolaris are kindly welcome.

Looks like it will be a very cool conference and I look forward to hearing about and blogging about what comes out of the show. Enjoy your day! :-D 



Wednesday Jun 04, 2008

Mobile Devices: Let the Games Begin

Happy Wednesday everyone! I was reading an article by Jonathan Erickson on Dr. Dobbs that I thought I would share with all of you regarding gaming and mobile devices... enjoy: 

So if our (technological) future is to be a mobile one, why not throw games into the mix?

"Why not, indeed?" asks Xavier Carrillo-Costa, CEO of Digital Legends, a developer of 3D games for mobile platforms. After all, says Carrillo-Costa, with 1 GB (or larger) hard disks, 200-MHz (or more) CPUs, hardware acceleration, and the capabilities for instantly generating 300,000 polygons, a typical cell phone sounds like a better gaming platform than, say, the much less powerful Nintendo DS.

Moreover, based on installed base numbers, the market opportunities seem to favor "converged" mobile devices (like mobile phones). For instance, according to Carrillo-Costa, the worldwide installed base of the PlayStation 3 is 12.8 M, the Xbox 360 is 19 M, PlayStation Portable (PSP) at 23.4 M, the Wii at 24 M, and the Nintendo DS at 70 M, while converged mobile devices are at 118 M. In short, there's a huge space opening for games that run on mobile devices. And already, the nascent generation of 3D mobile games support features that gamers expect--sight, voice, touch, location, and the like.

Okay, I really don't think for a minute that a hard-core gamer is going to be playing Grand Theft Auto on a mobile phone nonstop for 16 straight hours. That said, it is surprising to learn that most video games on mobile devices are played at home, instead of on a park bench or in Algebra class.

But there's still some cool stuff happening. For instance, widget implementations of some console games are becoming available for mobile phones, letting gamers score points that are then synchronized/combined with the console version for a continuous gaming experience.

But what needs to happen for mobile games to evolve from a good idea to an idea whose time has come, says Carrillo-Costa, are two things:

  • Better controls. This might mean design and accommodation for wireless controls, like those gamers are familiar with. After all, wireless keyboards are already available for converged mobile devices (like cell phones). Or, more importantly, it might mean cell phone keypads designed with games in mind, with dual-meaning keys and the like.
  • Open APIs that link to consoles.

All in all, this seems reasonable--unless, I suppose, you happen to be a console vendor. However, ignoring these suggestions/requests, which really doesn't require effort or expense, is simply treading water on the part of console vendors because, in the long run, console quality games for mobile devices will be commonplace.

Monday Jun 02, 2008

♪ "The Golden Road" to JavaOne 2008 ♪

Before the craziness of the weeks prior to JavaOne began, my team and I wanted to make a music video of our road to JavaOne. Basically it would be short video clips, pictures, etc. brought together in a montage and placed together with music. When I was tasked with the project, I immediately started running through a list of artists that I would love to feature one of their songs and of course, Pete Yorn, came immediately to my mind. So I did what any good friend would do and I pinged him to see if he would be okay with me using one of his songs off his Westerns EP called "The Golden Road". And of course, Pete, being the nice guy he is,  said absolutely and have fun with it. :) So, after the winding down of weeks following JavaOne, I was able to put together our music video...enjoy our road to JavaOne and thank you again Pete for letting us use your I always say, you're the best....around. ;-) Also, a big thank you to all for letting me invade your space with my little pink flip cam! Enjoy your day! 



Wednesday May 28, 2008

The Adventures of the Sun Quest Chronicles

Everyone is always up for a new game, right? I am pretty sure that most of you out there in SDN land are ready to go on an adventure as you quest for the Ruby of Destiny in the Sun Quest Chronicles! It's a choose your own adventure mini-book and is super easy to play. Simply register as an SDN member (if you already a member, just log in) before your journey begins and you will be entered to win one of seven SunSPOTs (how sweet is that!).

Enjoy your journey and let us know how your story goes! :-D 




Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

What do Java and Neil Young have in common?

I have been holding this information as a secret for the last few weeks and I am totally excited that I can finally share it with you!

At this year's JavaOne, music legend and pioneer Neil Young will join Sun Microsystems' executives during the opening keynote session on May 6 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Come hear and see what Java means to Neil Young. Neil's appearance will include a special demo of a new music project.

About 15,000 people are expected to attend this year's JavaOne conference from May 6-9, and thousands will join Sun Microsystems for the second annual CommunityOne event the day prior -- on May 5. The Java platform has attracted over 6 million software developers worldwide, and powers more than 5.5 billion devices including mobile phones, smart cards, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, PCs, car navigations systems and more.

How HOT is that?! I can't wait until everyone hears what Neil and us here at Sun have been working on. Its super cool. :)

Thursday Apr 10, 2008

party like a SDN Rockstar!

Have you always wanted to bring out your inner rockstar?? Be part of JavaOne's most rockin' night at the exclusive Sun Developer Network event! On Wednesday, May 7th, new and old members will party like rock stars all night long until their tour bus wheels fall off.  Come to the SDN booth in the JavaOne pavilion to join SDN and get your exclusive party invitation plus backstage access to all the cool things SDN has to offer.   See you there!







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