Wednesday Oct 22, 2008

Netbeans Turns 10

I can't believe NetBeans has reached the 10 year mark.  It has happened so fast.  I remember what was just like yesterday celebrating Java's 10th.  Now here we are celebrating the best IDE on the planet.  built on Java so it runs everywhere and yet it supports so many languages.  Did I forget to mention it is easier than ever to build on top of the NetBeans platform!

The last few years have been amazing.  Currently NetBeans supports developement for: Groovy and Grails, Java, Java EE, Java ME, SOA, PHP, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, AJAX,  C/C++, and in the works Python.  And the database support is amazing with MySQL, Postgres, JavaDB...and the runtimes: Glassfish, webrick, jetty, mongel, tomcat...they all just work out of the box!

I'm glad to have had a part in the success of NetBeans and am proud to share my joy with the world.  Don't forget, NetBeans 6.5 RC1 is available for download now so go get it and check it out.  Happy Birthday NetBeans.

Tuesday Aug 28, 2007


My friends have started a new blog (who hasn't, I know) but check out, Blogsphemy. Go to it and enjoy. It is really funny. This is cool because these guys spend their workday emailing back and forth trying to one up each other. It's kind of like a joke/rap/tap/jerk off between them. I loved what I would hear regarding these "conversations". I told them to start blogging and I would spread the word. From the initial posts, I think we have a winner. Please encourage them, I know I will. There are more posts coming soon, so I'm promised. Sean and Chris this ones for you.

Tuesday Jul 24, 2007

Apple and Java

Why has Apple been dragging their feet on JDK 6 and all other java updates?

Why haven't they updated their JDK in some time?

Should we expect that only with the next release of the fabled OS (Leopard) that AppleJava will update to its Windows/Linux/Solaris/any other OS version equivalent?

I really, really like using my Apple products. I really,really hate not being able to do something only because of a lack of Apples JDK, or finding bugs that exist only with the AppleJDK.

I know there are more of you out there. Let it be known. Apple JDK is very sub par. My understanding is that Apple has no intention of being a java partner, WTF?
JAVA is not only the most prolific cross anything language ever, but, Apple wants nothing to do with it.

How You Can Help:
Become an Apple developer:
Then log bugs you find against the Apple JDK

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Friday Jul 20, 2007

I'm Back!

The honeymoon is over, for me and the iPhone, what can I say more than mine kicked the iPhone's ass. Sure, there were lines to get the iPhone, but I too had lines, security and check in lines at airports around the world (I will be sharing some photos and memories shortly).

Before I left, the fabled iPhone was just being released. Upon my return I have been checking up on reviews and impressions. I think this article by Buzz Anderson has some good insights as well as an unbiased approach even though the author was an Apple insider.

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Friday Jun 22, 2007

iPhone Tour

I'm counting down to my wedding day, June 30th, while the rest of the world is counting down to the iPhone launch on June 29th (not a bad wedding gift wink-wink-nod-nod).

Apple has released a nice 20 minute video demonstrating the iPhones features and usage. It's like a visual quick start guide and not just a rehash of Job's Keynote. As if we needed more hype.

apple iphone

(Click Image to take the tour)

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Mac 10.4.10 update Released

The latest update to the Tiger lineage is out now, Mac OS 10.4.10. Not sure what all the fixes are yet but I'm a staunch believer in updating.
To install, click the apple in the upper right menu bar and select system update, or open System Preferences and select system update. Then again, I didn't have to tell you that.

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Wednesday Jun 20, 2007

JavaFX is in full (javax.)swing

I don't know why I haven't mentioned this before, but, I have recently been involved with the JavaFX project here at Sun. It all started at JavaOne when I was afforded the opportunity to support the JavaFX project. Since then, I have been helping to ensure quality of the NetBeans plugins as well as quality of the repository. JavaFX is a family of products: JavaFX Script and JavaFX Mobile. JavaFX Script is a a highly productive scripting language for content developers to create rich media and content for deployment on Java technology. JavaFX Mobile is a complete mobile operating and application environment built around Java and Linux open source technologies. More information on JavaFX Script is available at JavaFX script is built using Java and can use any existing Java libraries such as Java 2D and Swing but it makes it much easier to use these libraries. Check out the samples available on the JavaFX site and start contributing today. It is an open project from inception so I'm sure progress and innovation will move quickly.

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Saturday Jun 16, 2007

Grrrrowl is Grrrreat!

For the past 3 years I have spent most of my computing time on a Mac. I had tried Growl in the past but since my old "hand me down" Powerbook had a premium on processor speed and HD space, I never kept it around long enough to like it. Well, today is a new day.

Growl is a slick program that installs as a pref pane item. It gives a nice notice when certain actions of applications occur. It is highly customizable and very handy. My father (a new Mac convert) has been using it. That is really weird because I didn't even tell him about it. So I decided to give it another try and I love it! It's so simple and many of the tools I use everyday already come with growl support built in.

One thing I was missing was Thunderbird support. Before Growl, I had my Doc Icon bounce with new mail but if I was in the middle of something and couldn't select TB the bouncing bird was annoying. With Growl there is a nice TB plugin available on the TB add-on site that just adds new mail notification to Growl, no more muss or fuss.

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Thursday Jun 14, 2007

Colorize Mac ls output

Being an avid user of unices, I really like having color output when I use the ls command. In the past I have gone through a detailed process of getting GNU fileutils and building my own ls from that, and putting that version of ls in my path. Lots of hogwash, right? I just found out that for whatever reason, the dudes at Apple decided to change the color flag for their ls from "color" to "G". So that's, it. To enable color output of ls on Mac, just add an alias to your shel profile of:

alias ls="ls -G"

Now,enjoy colored ls output. However, since I use a black background on my terminal, the blue is hard to read so I also ad this to my profile as well:

export LSCOLORS=dxfxcxdxbxegedabagacad

I don't know what it all means but the colors it makes work for me.

Wednesday Jun 06, 2007

Dual Boot Soalris and Ubuntu

Ubuntu and Solaris dual boot[Read More]

Thursday Sep 21, 2006

I'm Published!

Hello all, Last spring I wrote a sample application demonstrating how easy and cool it is to use the GoogleSearch web service that comes bundled with Creator. Well, I'm happy to announce that a complete writeup I did on the application as well as links to download are currently featured on the Creator homepage. This was all made possible with help from Creator Content lead Carla King and my sample applications lead and tech writing guru, Jim Bisso. I encourage anyone who hasn't checked out Creator yet to do it now. We ahve sample applications to demonanstrate almost anything you would want to do as well as have great forum participation. Enjoy. -Tony

Tuesday Jul 25, 2006

Sofware Engineering @ CSU East Bay with Creator

Creator in the Classroom[Read More]

Monday Feb 06, 2006

Where's Marco?

As of late, I've been telling everyone about Sun Java Studio Creator 2. What I have failed to mention are some of the people that have made it all happen. If you are part of the Rave Team please don't feel offended by your initial exclusion, Peter Z., 008, Sandip (I mean Plug In ), etc. One of our super engineers I want to recognize is Marco :) . My towel wearing, OS and server master friend Marco has apperently challenged the world to determine his hometown (somewhere in Germany as far as I can tell) ;) Even though he is a colleague I have no idea where this is. Please help me find out Where Marco's from. Happy Hunting, and don't forget to let me know!

Sunday Jan 29, 2006

FREE Sun Java Studio Creator 2 Support

I have been seeing a bunch of questions about Sun Java Studio Creator 2 floating around and would like to share an amazing bit of knowledge...If you have downloaded SJSC2 (thus you have an SDN account) there is a Creator forum for any question you may have. And chances are, someone else has already asked and there are several responses from our crack engineering and QA teams. Click here to visit the forum now.

Wednesday Jan 25, 2006

Sun Java Studio Creator 2 and AJAX

So you've installed Creator 2.0 and you want to create awesome apps that use AJAX. Well, have no fear, there are components for text completion as well as sample applications for a dictionary service at your disposal. Once you have installed the IDE choose samples from the web and select AJAX sample. This tutorial will help you get started using AJAX components with Creator 2.0! Also, if you are really into AJAX visit the Sun Developer Network site: and start developing sweet web apps using AJAX today!

I am a tech geek and have a passion for technology. Currently I work in the software division of Sun Microsystems supporting XML tooling, and Python support in the NetBeans IDE.


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