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The editors of SYS-CON Media's Java Developer's Journal are in a unique position when it comes to Java development. All are active coders in their "day jobs," and they have the good fortune in getting a heads-up on many of the latest and greatest software releases. They were asked to nominate three products from the last 12 months that they felt had not only made a major impact on their own development, but also on the Java community as a whole. The following is a list of each editor's selections and the reason why they chose that product. Joe Winchester Desktop Java Editor SwingLabs SwingLabs is an open source laboratory for exploring new ways to make Swing applications easier to write, with improved performance and greater visual appeal. It is an umbrella project for various open source initiatives sponsored by Sun Microsystems and is part of the java.net community... (more)

Updated Java Library for Rich Internet Applications Released by Canoo

Offering addons to test UltraLightClient-based applications more easily, a new 6.2 version of Canoo's Java library for Rich Internet Applications was announced today. The new ULC 6.2 test extensions offer an improved way for developers to test the user interface of their applications using JUnit and Jemmy, says the Swiss-based company. "Functional testing with the new UltraLightClient test framework is more reliable and takes into account the client/server setup of UltraLightClient applications, as well as special UltraLightClient features such as lazy loading," said Canoo CTO Br... (more)

JDJ SPECIAL - Answered: The J2EE Questions No One Else Dared to Ask

First Things First: The Questions  What do the following companies have in common? BEA Systems Sun Microsystems The JBoss Group Oracle Corporation Pramati IronFlare The answer lies within this "JDJ Special" - in which Java Developer's Journal has quizzed Java vendors, and indeed its own editorial board, about The Future of Enterprise Java. Read on if you want to know how everyone answered the following questions, among many others:  What are J2EE's strong points? Java's strong points? How do you see the industry leveraging them today? Tomorrow? What are J2EE's weakest points? Java's... (more)

JDJ Editor-in-Chief Incensed: "What's Microsoft Up To?" He Asks

(June 18, 2002) - Will Microsoft ever carry a truly current and compatible Java Virtual Machine in Windows XP? That's the question that Java developers worldwide began asking themselves today the moment the heard of Ms's announcement that it is reinstating the ability to run Java programs in Windows XP as of the release of the coming ServicePack this summer. "I can only regard this as a ploy by the monopolist to help avoid having Judge Whyte issue a preliminary injunction," thunders JavaLobby founder Rick Ross, referring to the statement by Jim Cullinan, lead product manager for ... (more)

JBoss Could Be "Sun's Best Defense Against .NET," Says Marc Fleury

(August 27, 2002) - It all began earlier this month when Scott McNealy implied in an interview that the Open Source model would hamstring Sun completely in its attempt to out-gun Microsoft in the enterprise-level computing arena by threatening the licensing revenue Sun and others need to finance J2EE's advertising and R&D. Now the founder of JBoss, one of the most widely spread OS implementations of all, a full-fledged application server already in its 3.0 version, has published an online rebuttal of McNealy's remarks. Writing on the main page of the JBoss site, www.jboss.org, Ma... (more)