Friday May 09, 2008

Java uber alles

IMHO opinion the '08 Java One had many themes. The event took place right after the OpenSolaris launch and unlike last year when Sun introduced JavaFX, this year the conference had Java + You as its motto. My take is that Java is poised to become more of a consumer brand. It is not hard to see why. Java is part of every day life wether we realize or not. Phones, entertainment devices - PS3 (Blue-ray), desktops, web apps, etc. Basically all the "screen" with which we now interact leverage Java.

NetBeans has been focusing on dynamic languages, especially since there is an opportunity to run Ruby, Python, PHP on the JVM. It is likely for this trend to continue, since Sun is a position to offer optimized deployment for applications that use dynamic languages. This is true now more than ever since most of these languages leverage MySQL and Sun will do its best to tune the database on Sun systems.

The most entertaining session that I attended was Todd Fast's. That were I learned that 1.0 developers are an endangered species :-) Thanks God that I am now in management. I should also hedge my bets and become a casual developer. All I need is a 2.0 development environment and I ready to go.
 

Monday Mar 24, 2008

Share your technology expertise with others

Blogs are all about sharing, opinion and participation in the new social media dynamic, where the news are made by random folks, and not only the journalism graduates.
The NetBeans blogging contest is just that - an attempt to get folks to evaluate the latest support for JavaScript and the Spring framework, that comes in the NetBeans 6.1 beta. If you are adventurous, try the NetBeans 6.1 nightly build, where you can get a preview of the new design for RESTful web services support and PHP. It is still work in progress, but worth while for the folks looking for the bleeding edge.

Sunday Nov 18, 2007

Java RESTful web services made easy with NetBeans 6

Web Services have become synonymous with interoperability (A "feature" demanded by the customers that need to make both .NET and Java, IT investments). There are couple of approaches to exposing functionality as a web service. The more established one is using SOAP & WSDL and the "newer" Representational State Transfer (REST) style web services. Of course tooling has not been far behind the trends and all the respectable vendors have some support for web services. JSR 311 has been coming along in describing an API developers can use to build RESTful web services.

In NetBeans 6, you'll find very useful functionality that enables you to build and test a RESTful web service. The best way is to start with with short tutorial. To learn more about the JAX-RS API, take a look at this blog.

By the way, since RESTful Web Services support in Java is still an evolving technology, the tooling resides on the NetBeans update center. Just use the Tools | Plugins menu and look for "RESTfull Web Services" in the Web & Java EE category. Once you install the plugin, you'll also get a few samples that will help you get started.

Get busy!
 

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