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Often in software I find myself preaching restraint to those who wish to move platforms for no apparent reason than to keep up with the IT fashion industry; however, even harder than the silver-bullet chasers is dealing with organizations where change is required, not only in a company's software stack, but throughout their entire IT department. Recently I was involved in a customer project where the client had managed to bravely remain on a 30-year-old computing platform, while the IT fads of the '80s and '90s passed them by and were now embracing the new millennium by moving to a client/server architecture. The first red flag with the project was that the client created a huge working group to size and spec up the new system, initially breaking off into different teams to assess various pieces of the problem. Much time was spent arguing about which technology to u... (more)

Google Searching for Java Innovators

Imagine you are a contestant on a TV game show and your grinning quiz master pops the question: "Name the one thing you most associate with Google?" Think about your answer - write it on a card (don't show me yet). Turning your card over, it's likely to be one of the following: Great Internet search engine on google.com Wicked share price, wish I'd bought some a few years ago Powerhouse of innovation for Java The first two are fairly obvious. The last one might not have been your first choice, but looking more closely it possibly should be. Things probably started when some of Jav... (more)

SWT - A Native Widget Toolkit for Java Part 1 of 2

The Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) is a Java class library that allows you to create native user interfaces. It's designed to provide efficient, portable access to the underlying facilities of the operating system on which it's implemented. SWT uses native widgets wherever possible, giving an SWT program a native look and feel and a high level of integration with the desktop. In addition, SWT includes a rich set of controls such as tree, table, and tab folder. This article introduces SWT by describing some of the basic concepts and classes. Hello World: A Simple SWT Program The e... (more)

XML Serialization of Java Objects

Java serialization was initially used to support remote method invocation (RMI), allowing argument objects to be passed between two virtual machines. RMI works best when the two VMs contain compatible versions of the class being transmitted, and can reliably transmit a binary representation of the object based on its internal state. When an object is serialized, it must also serialize the objects to which its fields refer - resulting in what is commonly called an object graph of connected components. Although the transient keyword can be used to control the extent to which the s... (more)

Desktop Java

Java is enjoying a renaissance on the desktop. There are several reasons for this The issues that plagued early client/server projects or Java desktop applications have largely been solved. Swing 1.4.2 delivered great performance improvements and good fidelity XP and GTK look and feel classes. Java Web Start now exists as a way to deploy programs to a client PC that run in a local JRE and enjoy the benefits of local caching, lazy update, and execution within Java's security model Java is becoming part of the default installation setup for many PCs vendors, such as Dell, HP, Gatew... (more)