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Java’s Source to be “Opened” Incrementally

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Java Robert Brewin, co-CTO of Sun Microsystems revealed that open-sourcing of Java programming language will be done incrementally. However, they are still having problem on how to keep Java compatible, and how to ensure that no particular company uses market forces as muscle for its own implementation, a move that would threaten Java's 'write once, run anywhere' mantra.

In the news:

I'm wondering if that will affect Java programmers? I suppose it won't. What do you think?

Update: Read more comments on this topic at digg.

Open Source Symposium 2006

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Open Source Symposium 2006

I received an invitation from HardwareZone to attend Open Source Symposium 2006 event organised by redhat. Here's the content of the email:

Experience the Power of Open Source Architecture

Feeling helpless and trapped with your existing proprietary platform and applications?

Held ransom by costly software upgrades?

Open source innovation is not a fad. It is here to stay. Enterprises around the world have migrated to Linux because they used to be as frustrated as you. Things happen for a reason. Especially good things. Isn’t it time you make them happen?

Hear what Linux users have to say

The revolution of choice continues. Come August, Red Hat will kick off a series of open source symposiums across 14 cities in Asia Pacific. Rediscover choice in mission critical enterprise computing face-to-face with Linux communities, including developers and users, customers and industry watchers. This is where your doubts and the myths about open source will be debunked.

Spend a day with us and you’ll see.

The details of the event in Kuala Lumpur is as follows:

  • Date: 6-7 September 2006 (Agenda)
  • Time: 9.00am - 5.30pm
  • Venue: Carlton Conference Centre
    The Ritz -Carlton Kuala Lumpur Banquet Hall, Level 3
    168 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur 55100, Malaysia

Developers: Do note that there's a session for you.

The registration is free for the first 50. So, be first to register!

Besides Kuala Lumpur, the event will also be held at other cities: Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Guangzhou, Bangkok, Manila, Mumbai, Bangalore, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

Get more details from the official website of Open Source Symposium 2006.

Fjax – Flash Ajax

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Fjax From my understanding, Fjax is an Ajax engine that uses Flash to do the XML parsing job. The site claims that Flash will do better parsing job than a normal Ajax would.

Fjax is an open, lightweight, cross-browser methodology for Ajax-style web 2.0 development
Fjax is a technique focused on drastically streamlining the XML handling layer of web 2.0 applications. Picture Ajax's XML parsing and handling with less than 65 lines of code! It's not a replacement for toolsets that provide presentation-layer visual gizmos. Think of it as a new engine to put under the hood of all the great widgets that are already out there.

Although the site looks cool, I hate it when I can't link directly to the sample to any other pages in the site.

I don't know whether it will become something big one day, but I'm sure programmer would like to learn about alternatives.

Fjax - an open, lightweight methodology for Ajax-style development [fjax.net]

Web Developer’s Libraries

Monday, June 19th, 2006

I came across this blog post on Top 10 Web Developer Libraries by Cameron Olthuis. I'm sure all of you should take a look at all these libraries and see if they help you in your web development. I've heard of some of them, but certainly don't know how each of them works. Here's the list:

  1. Moo.fx
  2. Rico
  3. Swat
  4. ColorCombos
  5. script.aculo.us
  6. Mochikit
  7. Dynamic Drive CSS Library
  8. PEAR
  9. DHTML Goodies
  10. dojo

Let me know if you have already created any thing cool from these.

Must Read: 8 Web Usability Problems

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Webmonkey talked about 8 common web usability problems that I think all web designers must read. It's definitely an article worth reading as Jakob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger really had did a good job to identify those problems.

A summary of the article:

  1. Links that don't change color when visited
  2. Breaking the back button
  3. Opening new browser windows
  4. Pop-up windows
  5. Design elements that look like advertisements
  6. Violating Web-wide conventions
  7. Vaporous content and empty hype
  8. Dense content and unscannable text

Do you have any other point to add? Glad I didn't break any of the rules!