Monday Dec 08, 2008

JavaFX in Second Life Tomorrow!

 

 

As I mentioned late last week, JavaFX 1.0 is finally here. Have you experienced JavaFX yet?? Tomorrow, one of my favorite people, Danny Coward, Chief Architect, will be giving you the scoop on JavaFX live from Devoxx in Belgium. He will be interviewed by Jonathan Erickson from Dr. Dobb's Journal in Second Life. Come join the conversation and learn how JavaFX is changing all the screens of your life.

Where:  Live, in Second Life, Sun Microsystems 1 and 2, Main Amphitheatre

Time:  1:00pm (PT)

Danny is twittering live from Devoxx and you can follow him here or you can read his blog here

Make sure to come in world to find out all the latest news and happenings with Danny and the crew! See you in world. :-) 

Enjoy your day! :-D

 

Thursday Nov 13, 2008

♪ What's Getting Me Through The Weeks... ♪

Hello blogland! 

Once again I have been quiet here on my blog as I have been so crazy busy heads down on all things JavaFX. The FX launch is quickly approaching, but I am so excited to show the world what we have in store. It's world domination. One step at a time. ;-) In any case, we have had many late nights and early mornings and when I am not in meetings or in the studio I am listening to my music full blast and getting things done. 

What music has my toes tapping recently? I have downloaded a bunch of new releases from some of my favorite people ever, but my trusty and true music always has me coming back for more. Here is what has me going this week in no particular order:

1. Ryan Adams and The Cardinals:  Cardinology -- this it the latest release from the crew and it's as beautiful as everything they have ever released. I just recently discovered that they (as in The Cardinals) are on Twitter. If you are interested, follow them here. Along with everything else Mr. Adams does, I could be a happy girl listening to just him alone. But, I have to spread the love to all. 

2.  Pete Yorn: musicforthemorningafter, Day I Forgot, Nightcrawler and miscellaneous b-side and non-released music that he hasn't put out. Pete just soothes my soul. Enough said. Next up is Pete on Twitter. Again, Mr. Yorn is one I could only listen to and never get tired of hearing him singing. 

3. Greg Laswell: Through Toledo and Three Flights From Alto Nido. I am a fan of anything Mr. Laswell does. 

4. Keane: Perfect Symmetry -- this is their latest release and definitely a different sound than we are use to from them. But I am slowly beginning to really enjoy this album. 

5. Travis: Ode to J. Smith -- how do I love thee? Oh Let me count the ways. I could listen to anything Travis does on constant repeat and never get bored. 

6. The Smiths: The Sounds of The Smiths -- The Smiths and Morrissey are my junior high and high school years. iTunes recently got this compilation and there is just something about Morrissey and his voice that will make me feel forever young. And again, one I can listen to over and over.  

So there is a little taste of what has me going and helping me when I am heads down.  Go and check out some of the amazing artists (or all of them actually). As I always say, your ears will thank you. 

Enjoy your day! :-D 

 

 

 

Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

A Look Inside: Sun's MySQL Optimization Lab

Hello all! Once again, I have been a quiet blogger as I have been so busy that I haven't really scheduled time to blog. That must change, but it can't this week, so here I am quickly bringing you up to date on what I have been up to. 

A few weeks ago my fabulous co-worker and friend, Tiffany Bianco and  I were tasked with a fun video project for today's MySQL/Systems launch. This was a fun little departure for me as I have been so focused on all things JavaFX. When Liz asked Tiffany and I to do this side project, I knew exactly who I wanted to shoot and edit the video for us. Danny had helped my team at JavaOne tremendously and captured some great video for our team. I knew that he would be the perfect person to help us again with shooting a fun, fast paced, high energy video. Not only did Danny deliver that, he made it look effortless. Thank you again Danny for all your hard work and making us look so good. :-) We had a blast shooting it with the MySQL/Systems teams and the end result couldn't have made me happier! Enjoy the video and be sure to enjoy the day! :)

 

 

Wednesday Oct 22, 2008

♪ New Yorn Serenade ♪

 

With the U.S. elections coming in mere weeks (did everyone get registered to vote?) I couldn't let the opportunity pass without posting a new song and video that PY recently recorded. 

I got an email from PY about how he was inspired to write the song that I thought I would share with all of you: 

"I wrote American Blues Vol. 1. on the 4th of July after reading the morning paper. It's unlike any song I've ever written. I was moved by how much negativity I was reading about and how even groups were boycotting Independence Day because they were so disgusted by the state of our Nation.  I thought things would improve...they obviously haven't yet...but I know they will in time.  I sent the song to some friends and one of them (a really old friend of  mine who is actually a huge reason I didn't give up on a musical career back in 1998)  was really affected by the message.  He always has had an unwavering faith in America and has always been able to laugh when times got tough. The video for American Blues Vol. 1. was made by this friend of mine. He is not a video director...just a guy from New Jersey who wanted to put images to a song that hit home for him. He wanted me to share it.....so here is American Blues Vol. 1. "

 

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...download it today and have some fun!  Enjoy the day! :-D

 

Monday Oct 20, 2008

Happy 10th Birthday Netbeans!

 

NetBeans is turning 10 years old and the celebration kicks off today! Visit the Netbeans website to participate! 

Be a part of the celebration by taking part in the Birthday Decathlon. You don't need to be an athlete, just enthusiastic about the NetBeans project and community! There's an event for everyone to participate in to show their NetBeans spirit and win a special edition t-shirt. To take part, simply click here. We also encourage you to join in the conversation on our special birthday forum conversations. 

The 10th Birthday Bash runs from October 20-27 with new content added daily. 

And what kind of birthday celebration would it be if we didn't get a little birthday love from James Gosling?

 

Wednesday Oct 01, 2008

This Ain't Your Dad's Java Podcast Series

Hello everyone!

It has been a crazy, crazy week, but we are all in crunch mode with JavaFX. This fall is going to rock with JavaFX and I can't wait for everyone to see what we have been working on.

It was brought to our attention last week while we were recording our latest episode of our weekly podcast series, This Ain't Your Dad's Java, that I hadn't told my blog world about it. 

Every week, Eric Klein, David Bryant and I sit down with various people from across Sun and talk all things Java as well as we dive into some of our favorite toys, what music has our toes tapping, what books we are reading as well as what we got in our last box from Amazon.COM. We go all over the place, but we always have fun doing it. We also plan to go outside of Sun and talk to partners, customers, Java gurus and more. 

We are now nine (9) episodes deep and have recently been featured as a "new and notable" podcast series on iTunes! We have had a pretty sweet group of people on with us so far... from Jeet Kaul,  to James Gosling, Param Singh, Danny Coward, Nandini Ramani, Bill Sheppard, Chris Melissinos and more.

To get to our podcast series, you can subscribe at the following places:

our Feedburner RSS Feed:

feed://feeds.feedburner.com/thisaintyourdadsjava

 

If you are interested in hearing us talk with someone or have some feedback for us, send us a note to: aintyourdadsjava@sun.com and we will get you in our queue. Remember, This Ain't Your Dad's Java... its a whole new arena and we are ready to play!  

And before I sign off for the day, a huge big thank you must go to our graphic's goddess, for our fabulous podcast graphic:

 

 

 

 Enjoy the day! :-D


Wednesday Sep 24, 2008

It's a Wednesday wrap up day...and other fun stuff (aka music!).

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I feel like I haven't really blogged in forever. Last week Heidi and I were at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York doing what we do best. We blogged a lot (well, Heidi did...), we twittered, we shot some new videos for Sun Total Access Network and we hosted our very first BoF. While I didn't feel the conference gave us the what's now, new and next, we did get to talk to lots of interesting people and got to see Project Kenai and Zembly in action in the Sun booth. And our BoF went really, really well!  We got to talk all about being social butterflies at Sun and how we use it to grow developer communities. And thanks to JB (John Brock) we got to have some technical expertise in the room to talk Kenai and Zembly. Thanks again JB! Our trip to New York was fast and furious, but we had some fun along the way and came home with our brains a buzzin'. 

I am in the throws of planning world domination for JavaFX at the moment, so I have been listening to lots of music. Some new, some old, but mostly, some that I can listen to any day, all day and helps me when I am plugging through a never ending to do list. And BTW, I am sort of digging the whole Genuis function of iTunes. I have tried songs from all different genres and each time, the playlists have been bringing up songs that I love (but then again..it is my music library and why wouldn't I like it) and a lot that I haven't listened to in a long time (that is the problem with having over 15K songs in your library..and that isn't even all my music!) So here is a very short list of what is playing now and what has my toes tapping this week:

 1.  Phoenix - United (I was catching up on the new season of Entourage last weekend and they had one of my favorite Phoenix songs at the end of the episode...If I Ever Feel Better...and I have been grooving to this album a lot this week). 

2. Minibar - Road Movies and Desert After Rain (I get to see Simon playing with Juliana Hatfield tomorrow night, so I am very much in a Minibar mood. Plus, to get to see Simon in my neck of the woods is always fun. Haven't seen him since I was last in LA for my birthday, so it will be good to hang out and see what's up.) 

3. Keane - Hopes and Fears (I absolutely love this band...their new album is scheduled for release in November and I cannot wait!)  

4.  Ryan Adams - every single album. I have them all playing on shuffle and he's always playing in my car, in my house, in the office. I lurve him and his music.

5. Romantica - America - I beg you all to listen to this album and tell me that you won't fall in love with them. It just won't happen. You can't help but listen to this beautiful album over and over again. 

 6. Sigur Ros - Takk - beautiful, etherial, yet rocker with a bit of an edge music. I totally dig them. 

7. Beastie Boys - Ill Communication - being in New York last week made me want to listen to the BB. I am kickin' it old school with this album.

8. Sloan - A Sides Win - I just love these boys! They always know how to put on a rockin' show!!

So there you have it. Not quite a top ten, but there are way more than ten albums that have been pumping through my speakers so far this week. Now I am off to tackle that every growing to do list, so listen up and play it loud! Enjoy the day! :-D 

Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Morning One of Web 2.0

Happy Wednesday Everyone! 

Heidi and I arrived safely to New York and we are up and at em and ready to take on our first day at Web 2.0. As our morning cup of coffee kicks in and we are battling the "it's only 5:30am in California" syndrome, we are also super excited to tackle our busy schedule. Today its all about the marketing tracks for us. From a track all about viral marketing, to web analytics, we will be learning all there is to know about all things marketing in the Web 2.0 space.  The general session keynote doesn't begin until later this afternoon, so our morning will be spent in sessions as well as getting some videos for Sun Total Access Network. I definitely have some ideas of people we want to talk to.  

Last night we hit up one of my favorite places to go for some good food in New York, Cafeteria. Located in Chelsea, you can't help but get the Mac Attack Trio of their amazing mac and cheese.  It was just as good as I remembered it and I am sure we will go once more before we leave. 

Stay tuned for an update later today from both Heidi and I to let you know what we learned this morning from our sessions. Enjoy your day! :-D 

Monday Sep 15, 2008

Web 2.0 Expo New York

Hello everyone!

Just a quick entry before I wing out to New York to attend the Web 2.0 Expo with my friend and partner in all things social media SDNGal, Heidi. Look for us to be live blogging, twittering as well as speaking at a BoF. We're excited to get there and look to hear from us soon. :-) My iPod is fully charged with lots of good music..off to SFO I go! Enjoy your day! 

  

Wednesday Sep 03, 2008

♪ Artist of the Week. ♪

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have seemed to have caught the head cold that is going around, but it isn't holding me down too much.  I am very much plugging through all things JavaFX and I am getting super excited for all the things we have to show you! Oh and I also wanted to point out that we have a very cool contest going on at the moment! There is a new student contest where participating students can earn up to $500 by developing a web application using MYSQL and GlassFish, creating a java.net project of their application and writing a review of these products. For all the details, please go here. Pretty sweet for you students out there! 

As I have been mentioning in previous blog postings, music is always playing when I am working (unless of course, I am in meetings or on concalls) and it pretty much consumes much of my life. I have been a \*huge\* fan of my artist of the week for a long while, and this week, I am here to tell you all about Ryan Adams.  My love for Mr. Adams started back when he was a founding member of Whiskeytown (which, BTW, how awesome of a band name is that?!) and has grown and grown over the years. 

Adams' first foray into music was with his high school punk band, Patty Duke Syndrome and was fuelled by influences such as the Dead Kennedys and Sonic Youth. However, first experiences of love-turned-sour converted Adams to country and folk as he searched for a musical genre which could embody his feelings. In this spirit, Whiskeytown was formed in 1994 with Caitlin Cary, Phil Wandscher, Eric "Skillet" Gilmore and Steve Grothman. 

After only two albums, 'Faithless Street' and 'Strangers Almanac', and beset by personnel changes, the band began to disintegrate, partly because of artistic and personal differences, partly because of an inability to meet the fans' expectations as result of alcohol and drug excesses. ("Well, we were called Whiskeytown!' was Adams' riposte.) Nevertheless, Adams' image as trouble starter served him well and his popularity survived the demise of the band. After a period of introspection, he began working on his own songs and honing his musicianship by jamming in after-hours bars with friends Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. It was during these jamming sessions, Ryan Adams, the alt-country star was born. 

Ryan has released a slew of amazing albums both as a solo artist and as part of The Cardinals.  For a complete list of all that he has released and more, check out his discography here. I can't even imagine picking a favorite album out of his entire collection, but lately, I have been putting all of them on shuffle and listening until my heart is content. I was poking around the web the other day and ran across an amazing live version of his song, "Two" that he performed on the Late Show with David Letterman in June 2007. "Two" is track off his latest album, 'Easy Tiger', which was released around the same time he was on Letterman. Please enjoy the video of him performing this beautiful song and make sure to go and give Ryan Adams a whole hearted listen. Your ears will thank you..and then thank you again. Enjoy! :-D 

 

Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

♪ What I'm listening to this week... ♪

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you well. I have been super busy these last few weeks on all thing JavaFX and have been either in meetings or heads down plugging through a very long list of things I need to do. Last week I had the amazing opportunity to record a podcast with Eric Klein and James Gosling. We talked all things Java and we found out some very cool information from James. You can listen to this episode and all episodes here. Ok...back to the subject at hand. ;)  Music is definitely keeping me sane through all of this hecticness and I have been listening to LOTS. I thought I would once again feature a list of artists and bands who have been filling my days with sweet sounds so far this week:

1. Greg Laswell - Three Flights from Alto Nido and Through Toledo (I have been lovin' me some Greg Laswell lately!) 

2. Jeff Buckley - Grace (I adore Jeff Buckley...sad that we lost him way too soon and Grace is just one of those albums that will never grow old) 

3. Travis - Something Anything (from their forthcoming album, Ode to J.Smith... cannot wait for the new album to come out) 

4. Radiohead - In Rainbows (they were at the Outside Lands Music Festival last weekend in San Francisco and they just blew up the place!)

5.  Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos (another loss way too soon and altho this album was mostly written in 1974 (but wasn't published until 1992, I still think it sounds absolutely modern) 

6.  Ryan Adams - Love is Hell, Pt. 1 and 2  (I am pretty much a fan of anything Mr. Adams does) 

7.  Stereophonics - Language. S\*x. Violence. Other? - (they are hitting San Francisco next month..I can not wait to rock out with them..its been way too long!) 

8. M.I.A. - Kala (when I want to get funky) 

9. David Bowie - Best of Bowie (I have been rocking our to Suffragette City...man, do I love that song!)  

10. Minibar - Desert After Rain (what list is complete without some love for my Minibar boys...this album is always in heavy rotation) 

In other exciting news, Pete is in the studio recording a new album! Earlier this summer, PY was in Salem, Oregon recording an album with the ever incredible Frank Black (yes, that Frank Black of Pixies) and is now currently in the studio in Omaha, Nebraska working on his new album (with Bright Eyes guru Mike Mogis). In a blog post earlier this week, his myspace said "stay tuned for more updates and NEW EXPLORATIONS IN MUSIC coming soon!" That last bit makes me super stoked to see what he has in store for us!  

One more thing before I sign off..make sure to head over to Heidi's blog to see what yummy recipe she has for us this week...she never tells me what they are, but am always pleasantly surprised with what she picked!! So far, with what I have made, they are all A+! 

Ok..I am off to conquer more of my to do's... enjoy your 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

 

 

 

Friday Aug 08, 2008

myPicks Beijing 2008 and more

Happy Friday readers! It has been a long week of getting things done, but I am happy to say that I have checked many things off of my to do list this week. My awesome team and I had a fabulous planning and brainstorming meeting yesterday and it was awesome to be able to spend the day in one room with everyone. About half of my team work remotely or in another state, so when we get together for these meetings, its always good to see the girls! And we had an awesome team dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Palo Alto called Junnoon. I have one things to say. YUMMY!

In any case, I am super excited about the Olympics starting today and even more excited about this really cool new application (ok... really, its  a game!) that was launched on Facebook called myPicks Beijing 2008. What is myPicks Beijing 2008 you ask? WELL... it is a game that allows users like you and I to predict winners at the Olympics. And, if your predictions are correct, you win points. All points we accumulate are credited to the country we choose when we sign up and you can challenge your friends to competition predictions and more. Whats even more cool about this is that the game was created on Zembly - the worlds first and easiest Facebook application development environment. Zembly is built from the ground up on Sun's technology (both hardware and software...sweet!).

 My partner in crime and all around fabulous friend, Heidi (aka SDNGal) and I shot a video today for Sun Total Access Network to talk about myPicks Beijing 2008. Make sure to head over to SunTAN and to Heidi's blog as well to find out just what we have to say about all the cool stuff that is happening in our worlds. Heidi, I am ready for our Olympic challenge. GAME ON! Happy weekend everyone! Enjoy your day! :-D



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