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Ken Russell on rewritten Java Plug-In
The Java SE Deployment team's Ken Russell has been talking about his group's work on a new Java Plug-In on several websites. He tells JavaLobby that the new plug-in will improve reliability by running in a separate operating system process from the web browser, which will allow for more powerful applets, permit the termination of poorly-behaved applets, and eliminate browser crashes caused by applets. Then, in a video interview with, he talks with Ben Galbraith about more plug-in tidbits, "such as having JNLP working natively in the browser, and how this could be used to allow other scripting engines such as JRuby to run in the browser. One JNLP extension, and everyone can share JRuby.'

NetBeans IDE 6.0 Beta 2 Available Now
NetBeans IDE 6.0 Beta 2 is now available for download. The focus of NetBeans 6.0 is superior developer productivity with a smarter, faster editor, and the integration of all NetBeans products into one IDE. NetBeans IDE 6.0 features Ruby/JRuby/Ruby on Rails support, enhancements for improved Swing development, a new Visual Game Designer, updated Data Binding support, integrated Profiling, and more. Plus the new installer lets you customize your download preferences--choose the features and runtimes you need in one go.

The Object Notation (ON) project
The ON project "is a small, free library, enabling powerful object notation. It provides a surprisingly easy to use, yet completely understandable way to notate object in human nature reading and thinking way. It is actively being deployed in most language environment such as Java, C, C++, and so on, all over the world. Its core is just a grammar in ANTLR syntax."


David Herron Web 3.0 ??
I've been doing some research on the coming wave of technology for "Rich Internet Applications" (my links tell the story).. This JavaFX thing is very interesting and intriguing, as well as the other developments we're working on.   David Herron

Jan Haderka Quo Vadis SwingX
To cut long story short: We have improved and extended SwingX a lot since last release and we have paid attention to the voices in community that called for newer release Now, I'm pleased to say that new milestone build of SwingX - Milestone 0.9 is now available at SwingLabs website for download  Jan Haderka

Silicon Valley Java Developers Unite!
I have already blogged earlier about Silicon Valley Code Camp. This is my final call to action for the Java developers in Silicon Valley. All the Java sessions at Code Camp will be held on Saturday, October 27th. Come for the entire day or just come for our main community event at 3:45pm when the Java Posse will be doing a live podcast episode recording.   Van Riper


Sun Java Wireless Toolkit 2.5.2 released!
We've released the WTK 2.5.2 (Windows, Ubuntu Linux, and multilingual versions) with improved multiuser environment support. We've heard and listened to users' comments and have recompiled our WTK for Ubuntu linux based on Glibc 2.3 libraries to provide support for other distributions of Linux. Keep in mind, the WTK has been tested on Ubuntu Linux version 6.x. Download the latest version today.  

Windows Task Manager displays faulty memory consumption?
I'm currently developing a Java3D application involving landscape creation. This is obviously very memory consuming depending on the size of the objects used. Still, the Windows Task Manager (WTM) seems to fail to compute the correct memory consumption. When I start my application all that is drawn are some Swing components - about 26MB of RAM is used according to WTM. After minimizing and maximizing the JFrame the consumption shrinks to 12MB which is 50% of the original value. The same thing happens after adding the JPanel that contains the Canvas3D used to render 3D data.  

JoalMixer reading .mp3 file ...
I use joalMixer which is good. It reads wav files. Because of limitation in bandwith over the Internet, I really need to load mp3 files rather then wav files in the JOAL API. Question 1: Has someone in java3D+JOAL+JOALMIXER community has coded it? Question 2: If not, is someone interested also with one 'improved' JoalMixer that reads .mp3? I am willing to do it with someone Question 3 : Please if you want also this joalMixer addon (read mp3 files)) let me know.  

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