Friday Oct 19, 2007

Midwest Java Technology Days - Chicago event

I spent yesterday at Sun's Midwest Java Technology Days event in Chicago (actually, Rosemont, a suburb right next to O'Hare).  I live and work in the Chicago area and the Sun marketing folks who ran the event were nice enough to let me attend.  I had a chance to attend some of the sessions and talk informally to several individuals and small groups about GlassFish.  As a software engineer (with a checkered past that includes stints as a consultant and university instructor as well as a software engineer and architect) I usually find it refreshing, humbling, and encouraging to spend time with people actually using the sort of software I work on , and yesterday was no exception.

One very interesting conversation I had was with a project manager who wanted to know how open source projects really work.  From his point of view as someone who might consider using open source software in a project for one of his clients. (I answered from my experience on GlassFish, not that this makes me much of an expert.)

  • How to ensure quality of the code in the project. (Require clean unit test runs and peer review before changes go into the repository.  Run automated builds and tests.  Promote thoroughly-tested weekly builds and releases we do on GlassFish.) 
  • What kind of support can people in his position get for open source projects.  (No-cost advice from the community and paid product support from a vendor like Sun.)

(It was far less of a sales pitch than I just made it sound like; I really enjoyed that conversation.)

One developer who had downloaded GlassFish wanted to know how to do something specific that would be equivalent to what he was doing with another app server.  Luckily for me, GlassFish does what he wanted and I was able to point him in the right direction.  Maybe the most rewarding single moment of the day for me was when this developer left our conversation clearly very excited about working much more with GlassFish.

In case anyone I met with reads this, many thanks for taking the time to talk.

Wednesday Oct 03, 2007

Preview of JavaFX Script support in GlassFish V2 UR1 Application Clients

GlassFish V2 update release 1 will execute a JavaFX script you package into your app client. This is available with the current nightly builds of UR1 and will be present in the released UR1.

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Monday Sep 17, 2007

GlassFish V2 and out-of-the-box Java Web Start support for App Clients

Today's GlassFish V2 release includes some enhancements to Java Web Start support that allows developers to specify the icon image and splash screen image that their users will see when they download and launch app clients using Java Web Start.

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