Thursday Dec 03, 2009

Year of the store - Java Store

As usual, the picture tells the story, for more details, read below ...

The Chinese zodiac calls 2009 as the year of the rat. I'll argue that in the tech world it has been the year of the store (Nokia, Samsung, Microsoft, Google, etc.). The Java team has recently released a new UI of the Java Store client. The interface is written in JavaFX and the backend services are running on an Enterprise GlassFish deployment. Folks that want to get a better idea of what the store does and the developer angle (value proposition) should watch this excellent video.

If you are inspired enough to install the store, you can exercise the easier install in the history of software development :-)

Monday Nov 16, 2009

Java Store application cleanup

I assume that most of the people in the Java community have already noticed that the Java team at Sun has released a beta version of the Java Store. Lots of details about the launch can be read here. If you are a consumer that uses the store, you have several options of installing and uninstalling the applications that you've installed from the store. I'll focus on the more obscure ways of uninstalling apps on Windows:

  • end user - launch the store, open the My Apps menu and uninstall at will
  • advanced user - launch the Start | Control Panel | Programs | Uninstall a program | look for the application by name, select it and choose Uninstall from the menu of the Windows application
  • developer - Open the Java Control Panel (Start | Control Panel | Choose Classic View | Java | General | Settings; here you either choose to delete all files or follow the path (e.g. C:\\Users\\<username>\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Sun\\Java\\Deployment\\cache) to where the apps are installed and give it your best shot. I really don't recommend doing this
  • hacker - javaws -uninstall <jnlp app name>; note that if you just call javaws -uninstall it will uninstall all Java Web Start apps from your system

Monday Sep 14, 2009

Java Store and license management

The Java Store that was previewed during Java One earlier this year is getting ready to release support for paid applications. Developers who are getting ready to publish apps to the store should be aware of the license rights management facility. Here are the requirements in a nutshell:

  • Is transparent to users
  • Ensures users stay within their usage rights
  • Ensures that simple script based attacks to remove the rights management code aren't feasible
  • Eliminates the need to have an online connection when the application is used
Here is some sample code on how to use license management in your application:[Read More]

Sunday May 03, 2009

Best buying experience ever

Fri night I helped a friend buy a new notebook, at the Apple store in the Hillsdale Mall. It turned out to the best buying experience ever. The guy who helped us - Chris, was awesome. Professional, courteous, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, he presented options, provided clarifications, mentioned discounts, offered to tutor (my friend is a Mac newbie) while we were waiting for the memory upgrade. In a nutshell, if I would have my own business right now, I'd go back to the Apple store and offer Chris a job.

My friend ended up buying exactly what we came for: 13" MacBook, 24 GHz, 4 GB RAM, MobileMe subscription, a couple of other accessories.

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