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'Java's always been a RIA platform - before the world really wanted one,' claimed Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz recently, as he reflected on the reinvention of the Java platform as represented by JavaFX. 'What's a rich internet application?' Schwartz wrote. 'It depends on your perspective,' he continued, adding 'From mine, it's any network connected application that persists in front of a user, typically outside a browser, that can operate when disconnected from the network.' Writing in his popular industry blog, Schwartz gave a little of the background to Java's origins:"Early Java applets delivered interactivity, but at the expense of development complexity and, in the early days, performance - when a browser, and more recently JavaScript, would suffice. But browser based applications are hitting complexity and performance limits, and content owners are striving for hig... (more)

Oracle-Sun: Oracle Issues Statement

Oracle yesterday evening issued the following statement, attributable to Dan Wall, Latham & Watkins counsel to Oracle: "We've had a very good dialogue with the Department of Justice and we were almost able to resolve everything before the Second Request deadline. All that's left is one narrow issue about the way rights to Java are licensed that is never going to get in the way of the deal. I fully expect that the investigation will end soon and not delay the closing of the deal this summer." ... (more)

SoftwareFX Webinar on SharePoint 2007 Charts

This webinar will show how to easily create powerful reports and interactive dashboards using SharePoint 2007 charts, gauges, hierarchical lists and other web parts, without the need to write code. An Amazon Kindle will be raffled among attendants! DataParts for SharePoint 2007 is an exciting new family of Web Parts from Software FX that enable you to add business intelligence, data visualization and analysis to your SharePoint portals. With DataParts, it's never been easier to create your SharePoint Reports and Dashboards. With DataParts, visualizing and analyzing data becomes r... (more)

Java "Robo Sapien" Robot Speaks Up During Strukhoff SYS-CON.TV Interview

RS Media, a "robo sapien" invented by a fellow named Mark Tilden and distributed by a company called WowWee, was interviewed at JavaOne 2007 by SYS-CON.TV founder and host Roger Strukhoff. Despite the interviewer's best attempts at providing a steady hand and steady conversation, the robot seemed to crack a bit under the pressure of the hot TV lights and potential worldwide audience in the billions. The robot also made an appearance on-stage with Father of Java James Gosling and Sun's Bernard Travers during the annual "Toy Show" presentation on the final day of the conference. Da... (more)

Java for High Performance 3D and 2D Graphical Applications

Speaking at JavaPolis on 14 December, Luciad will share some of its eight years of advanced Java experience in the context of advanced graphical applications.  The presentation focuses on some of the techniques used to obtain the high performance of LuciadMap and discusses pros and cons, do's and don'ts.  For developers new to Java graphics, it should be clear that Java holds no limitations for high performance graphics, the more advanced Java graphics developer may pick up a few new ideas. Foolish or brave From the start in 1999, LuciadMap was implemented in Java. The Java platfo... (more)