Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

Learn JavaFX while you help solve a mystery

There is an exciting viral marketing campaign that is currently in play to spur JavaFX adoption.  

The new alternate and interactive reality game called the PIE Theory is uniquely designed to be a fun and interesting way to learn JavaFX.  

Here are some background details and links to get started:

The PIE Theory is heralded by researchers Baron Rude and Hector Macchiato, who believe that unexplained paranormal events are omens of a massive change in the direction of mankind.  They have collected evidence throughout history where significant leaps in technology, science, and agriculture -- known as a JUMP -- were preceded by strange sightings and visitations.  Both believe that another JUMP is about to occur and are asking for your help to track events and uncover the truth about the phenomena.

To take part, register at the PIE Theory Web site and download the toolkit, which contains JavaFX 1.1 and NetBeans 6.5.  Both of these programs will help you help Baron and Hector unlock the clues for the next JUMP, and as a bonus, teach you JavaFX in the process.

 You will use JavaFX to help Baron and Hector figure out when and where the next JUMP will happen, and what it will entail.  The PIE Theory already has a wide network of collaborators and is actively collecting clues on their Wiki.  So join current team members who are already working together on the PIE Network Forum, OSUM, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube and recruit others to help prepare for the next JUMP. 

Monday Apr 13, 2009

Sun Provides Java ME SDK to Samsung Mobile Innovator

Powered by the Sun Java ME SDK, Samsung Mobile Innovator is a global website and suite of tools that enable the world’s mobile application developers to build Java technology based applications for Samsung’s mobile phones, more quickly and easily.

The features of Samsung SDK 1.1 include
▶ Support for mobile service APIs (MSA) and sensor APIs
▶ Easier integration with IDEs, such as NetBeans and Eclipse
▶ Multi-tasking virtual machine support
▶ Search feature in the SDK toolbar for querying any Samsung Mobile Innovator site’s data
▶ Debugging, performance and optimization tools to help build efficient mobile applications

Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

Sun Releases New GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse

In addition to being a gold sponsor of EclipseCon this week in Santa Clara, today, Sun is introducing the GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse. Download your copy today

This new bundle provides Eclipse developers with the same easy-to-use, out-of-the-box Java EE developer experience that NetBeans developers have already been leveraging through the GlassFish Plugin for the NetBeans IDE.

Visit Sun at booths 112-113-212-213 in the EclipseCon Exhibit Hall to see the GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse, Project Kenai, JavaFX and more!

GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse includes:

  • GlassFish v2 – The open source, enterprise-quality Java EE 5 reference implementation

  • GlassFish v3 Prelude – An open source, lightweight, Web 2.0 development and deployment platform

  • Eclipse 3.4, Web Tools Platform – The latest IDE release available from the Eclipse Foundation, pre-integrated with the Web Tools Platform, GlassFish v2, GlassFish v3 Prelude.

  • GlassFish Eclipse Plugin – Deploy and manage applications from within Eclipse.

  • Java SE 6 – The latest, highest performing release of the Java Virtual Machine.

Friday Mar 20, 2009

Breaking News: Sun Studio Express 3/09 is now available

Sun Studio Express 3/09, the official build used for the Sun Studio 12 Update 1 Early Access Program, is now available on Solaris, OpenSolaris and the latest Linux distributions (RHEL/SuSE/Ubuntu/CentOS), feature highlights since the Sun Studio 12 release include:

  • C/C++/Fortran compiler optimizations for the latest x86 architectures from Intel and AMD including SSSE3, SSSE4a, SSe4.1, SSE4.2 compiler intrinsics support
  • C/C++/Fortran compiler optimizations for the latest UltraSPARC and SPARC64-based architectures
  • DLight - New tool to utilize and visualize the power of Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) technology
  • dbxTool - New stand-alone GUI debugger
  • Full OpenMP 3.0 compilers and tools support
  • MPI performance analysis in the Performance Analyzer
  • NetBeans IDE 6.5 including new remote development features

Join the Sun Studio 12 Update 1 Early Access Program and evaluate the new capabilities of Sun Studio Software, provide feedback directly to the product team, and influence future product releases.

Check out Kuldip Oberoi's blog or view the Sun Studio 12 Update 1 Early Access Program podcast to learn more.

Download your free copy of Sun Studio

Learn more about the Sun Studio 12 Update 1 Early Access Program

Monday Jan 26, 2009

Winners of the Developer.com Product of the Year 2009 are Announced

Award_logoDeveloper.com’s 2009 Product of the Year were announced with Sun receiving 1st place in 9 out of 12 categories, along with 2 additional finalist positions.

Rosemarie Graham notes, "Not only were more votes received than in the last two years, but there was also a clear margin of victory between first and second place. Each winner won its category with a respectable margin. In the case of Java Tools the winner had almost three times the votes of the others finalists in the category combined."

NetBeans had 5 top honors, with MySQL Workbench grabbing 1st place for DB Tools and two more top place finishes for Open Source and Security.

Monday Oct 20, 2008

Happy 10th Birthday NetBeans!

NetBeans Sin 1998Sun and the NetBeans community kick off a week-long celebration of 10 years of NetBeans. Since 1998, NetBeans has grown from a student project into an award-winning open source IDE with an active and diverse following of software developers, students, instructors, and partners. In addition to highlighting key milestones and individuals, this week, community members can participate in the NetBeans Decathlon- ten interactive activities around the NetBeans project where users can enter for a chance to win prizes!

A Brief History of NetBeans

Originally called Xelfi as a student project, the goal was to write a Delphi-like Java IDE using Java technology itself. Attracting students and recent graduates in the Czech Republic, a company was formed to take the project from the academic world to the commercial one. The original business plan called for the development of network-enabled JavaBeans components. Jarda Tulach, who designed the IDE's basic architecture, came up with the name NetBeans to describe what they would do. The IDE would provide the best tooling for these components, and thus, the name NetBeans was coined.  Incidentally, when the specification for Enterprise Java Beans came out, it made more sense to work with the standard for such components than to compete with it - but the name stuck.

In the 1999, the effort gained interest from commercial vendors, including Sun Microsystems who eventually purchased the company, renamed the commercial tool to Forte for Java and open sourced the IDE as NetBeans. Turning out to be one of the first of many Sun sponsored open source projects, netbeans.org was launched in 2000.

NetBeans Today

Initially developed as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Java language development 10 years ago, the upcoming release of NetBeans IDE 6.5 incorporates next-generation tooling for PHP, Ruby on Rails, Groovy on Grails, C/C++, and AJAX development as well. Boasting well more than 7 million downloads annually and hundreds of partners, NetBeans is now a large, vibrant, community.

Take a retrospective tour, do the NetBeans Decathlon, and help us look forward to another decade of developer innovation!  For more information, please visit the NetBeans Birthday Site.

Happy Birthday NetBeans!


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