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Friday, May 09, 2008

Heath warnings at JavaOne???

OK, so getting an email from the JavaOne folks warning that the San Francisco Department of Public Health has determined that there's a Norovirus outbreak, and that infected persons have attended JavaOne. So, I've potentially been exposed to a highly contaigious disease. Joy.

On the lighter side, I've been playing with the GWT last night after the AfterDark party. Very cool - within five minutes, I was creating interactive web pages with sophisticated JavaScript - and I don't know JavaScript. GWT lets you use HTML and CSS for page fomat and appearance, but behavior is all in Java. Think about it - design/code in Java, test in Java, unit test in Java, debug in Java, then compile and deploy. Need to debug the deployed JavaScript? Again, you do that in Java by attaching your favorite IDE's debugger.

This mostly eliminates the need for the average developer to be a JavaScript wizard. Let the guys who make widgets do that - I just want to do stuff easily and fast.

Coolest show gadget - the Pulse SmartPen. Turn it on, write stuff down - tap your notes, hear the audo at the time it was written. Stores drawings, text, translates (!!!) across languages, way too much cool stuff. Of course I bought one!

The big theme of JavaOne this year was definately JavaFX - it really looks like it's matured from the rushed demos they showed last year. I took a lab, and some very cool stuff can be done very simply. Still has a way to go, but very nice. The plethora of Web 2.0 technologies seems to offer a lot of ways to accelerate development. Of course, we're still stuck with Struts 1 at work, I'm hoping to change that... :)


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