Welcome!

Java Authors: ITinvolve Blog, Plutora Blog, Carmen Gonzalez, Elizabeth White, AppDynamics Blog

Related Topics: SYS-CON MEDIA

SYS-CON MEDIA: News Item

Java Developer's Journal Exclusive: 2006 "JDJ Editors' Choice" Awards

"The editors of Java Developer's Journal are in a unique position when it comes to Java development."

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. Successful code and concepts may be migrated to future versions of the Java platform.
http://swinglabs.org

Everything that has come out of SwingLabs - this is an absolutely fabulous open source project that allows skunk work-type development to occur outside of the JCP that then gets rolled back into the Java Standard Edition. It has created superb frameworks like the Timing framework to allow crisp and elegant animation effects, the SwingX project that has spawned fantastic new widgets, and APIs including JXPanel and the whole concept of painters, as well as nice high-level work like the data binding project to allow easy GUI to data connectivity.

The Eclipse Rich Client Project
While the Eclipse platform is designed to serve as an open tools platform, it is architected so that its components could be used to build just about any client application. The minimal set of plug-ins needed to build a rich client application is collectively known as the Rich Client Platform.
http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/Rich_Client_Platform

This is just an awesome technology that allows Java developers to leverage the core plumbings of Eclipse, namely OSGi, SWT, JFace, and other frameworks, to create their own desktop application. It's already being used very successfully by a large number of clients and goes from strength to strength, making it a powerful way for people to build extensible desktop applications. I think it has the potential to really change the way Java client applications are built.

The Java Web Start Improvements for Mustang
Using Java Web Start technology, standalone Java software applications can be deployed with a single click over the network. Java Web Start ensures the most current version of the application will be deployed, as well as the correct version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
http://java.sun.com/products/javawebstart/

One of the big, possibly only, reasons why users today must suffer the poor usability of "dumb" browsers is because distributing and maintaining proper client apps is difficult. HTML makes this ridiculously easy and is a good engineering solution, but one that offers very poor end usability. JWS was always the promised savior to allow desktop distribution over HTTP but never really lived up to its expectations in previous releases. With the Mustang work now it looks very, very good, though with many of the dialogs simplified; better looking; and it seems like it's finally going to allow first class, easy and polished large-scale distribution of Java clients to help rejuvenate Java on the desktop.

Yakov Fain
Contributing Editor

Adobe Flex 2
Adobe Flex 2 is an application development solution for creating and delivering cross-platform Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) within the enterprise and across the Web. It enables the creation of expressive and interactive web applications that can reach virtually anyone on any platform.
www.adobe.com/products/flex/

Adobe Flex 2 is a very potent player in the Rich Internet Application arena. Flex 2 is a direct competitor of Java Swing and AJAX. It offers declarative programming and a rich library of cool-looking and functional components. Your compiled code runs in a Flash 9 virtual machine. Flex 2 offers fast protocols for data exchange with the server-side components, server push, data binding, easy integration with Java, JMS support, and more. I was very impressed.

IntelliJ IDEA
IntelliJ IDEA is a Java IDE focused on developer productivity. It provides a combination of enhanced development tools, including refactoring, J2EE support, Ant, JUnit, and version controls integration.
www.jetbrains.com/idea/

This Java IDE is the best available today. Despite the fact that it's not free (the price is very modest though), IntelliJ IDEA has a loyal following of Java experts who can appreciate the productivity gain this tool brings for a small price. Finding classes, refactoring, suggesting solutions, even a JavaScript editor for AJAX warriors...everything is at your fingertips. The upcoming version, 6.0, will include a new UI Designer and Google Web Toolkit support.

WebCharts 3D
WebCharts3D is a development toolkit that offers flexibility for all aspects of rich-client and Web-based charting requirements and provides a single-source solution for data visualization.
www.gpoint.com

This is one of the best charting components available for Java applications. It's easy to learn and integrate with your Swing, JSP, and JSF applications. The product provides a rich set of charts, gauges, and maps, and can generate not only binary streams but also HTML, which makes it a good choice for AJAX applications. For Web applications, deployment consists of adding one JSP and copying one library to WEB-INF/lib.

Jason Bell
Contributing Editor

Head First Design Patterns by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, and Kathy Sierra (O'Reilly Media)
Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, Head First Design Patterns will load patterns into your brain in a way that sticks; in a way that lets you put them to work immediately; in a way that makes you better at solving software design problems, and better at speaking the language of patterns with others on your team.
www.oreilly.com

Without doubt the most effective book I have ever read and extremely easy to read. Don't be fooled by the comical light-hearted way this book looks. The chapter with the intro RMI is the best I've ever come across. All the other design pattern books fade into the distance in my opinion.

NetBeans 5
NetBeans IDE 5.0 includes comprehensive support for developing IDE plug-in modules and rich client applications based on the NetBeans platform. NetBeans IDE 5.0 is an open source Java IDE that has everything software developers need to develop cross-platform desktop, Web, and mobile applications straight out of the box.
www.netbeans.org

After a bit of a love/hate start with NetBeans I've now become a convert. It's very easy to use and the enterprise support is excellent. It would be nice to see coverage of the "other" app servers such as Orion and Resin but that's a small price to pay. An excellent product.

A4 Journal and a Ballpoint Pen

For me everything starts on paper, whether it be sketch drawings and UML diagrams. I've never mentioned it over the years but I'd be really lost without it. I've had the delight of looking back through my journals of the past five years and seeing how I've developed and how my ideas have developed with it.

More Stories By Java News Desk

JDJ News Desk monitors the world of Java to present IT professionals with updates on technology advances, business trends, new products and standards in the Java and i-technology space.

Comments (8) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
j j 09/21/06 08:45:32 AM EDT

The editors of 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.

n d 09/18/06 03:59:51 PM EDT

The editors of 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.

jdj 09/18/06 02:08:31 PM EDT

The editors of 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.

JDJ News Desk 09/18/06 12:17:27 PM EDT

The editors of 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.

Tom Boshell 09/15/06 06:43:30 AM EDT

Java is great, but almost imposible to keep track of each-and-every API when you need it. The standard day-to-day or even week-to-week stuff I can do in my sleep, but it is those items that only come up maybe once a year that I tend to forget.

kudos 09/15/06 04:01:35 AM EDT

The ballpoint pen! Haha, lovely idea :-)

ranjix 09/08/06 11:30:37 AM EDT

cool, I can see the recommandation from the JDJ editors:

Q1. Hi JDJ, which is the best IDE for developing Java apps?
A1: well, depending on your needs, we recommend eclipse, idea or netbeans.

Q2. and which platform/framework should I use for creating rich internet apps?
A2. well, we would go with java web start, or maybe flex2...

thanks a lot JDJ, that was really helpful.

Mike Edwards 09/06/06 05:08:15 AM EDT

Interesting that the list does not contain a product relating to Wikis, which must be one of the more active areas of new packages these days. Does this imply that Java does not play in this space? If so, I wonder why not?

Yours, Mike.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, discussed how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.
SYS-CON Media announced that Splunk, a provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, has launched an ad campaign on Big Data Journal. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. The ads focus on delivering ROI - how improved uptime delivered $6M in annual ROI, improving customer operations by mining large volumes of unstructured data, and how data tracking delivers uptime when it matters most.
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use cases.
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
“With easy-to-use SDKs for Atmel’s platforms, IoT developers can now reap the benefits of realtime communication, and bypass the security pitfalls and configuration complexities that put IoT deployments at risk,” said Todd Greene, founder & CEO of PubNub. PubNub will team with Atmel at CES 2015 to launch full SDK support for Atmel’s MCU, MPU, and Wireless SoC platforms. Atmel developers now have access to PubNub’s secure Publish/Subscribe messaging with guaranteed ¼ second latencies across PubNub’s 14 global points-of-presence. PubNub delivers secure communication through firewalls, proxy ser...
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focused on understanding how industrial data can create intelligence for industrial operations. Imagine ...
The true value of the Internet of Things (IoT) lies not just in the data, but through the services that protect the data, perform the analysis and present findings in a usable way. With many IoT elements rooted in traditional IT components, Big Data and IoT isn’t just a play for enterprise. In fact, the IoT presents SMBs with the prospect of launching entirely new activities and exploring innovative areas. CompTIA research identifies several areas where IoT is expected to have the greatest impact.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, demonstrated how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
We’re no longer looking to the future for the IoT wave. It’s no longer a distant dream but a reality that has arrived. It’s now time to make sure the industry is in alignment to meet the IoT growing pains – cooperate and collaborate as well as innovate. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, will examine the key ingredients to IoT success and identify solutions to challenges the industry is facing. The deep industry expertise behind this presentation will provide attendees with a leading edge view of rapidly emerging IoT oppor...
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows AgilePoint’s unique approach to dealing with this market circumstance by developing a rapid application composition or development framework.
There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immediate and actionable interpretation of events as they happen. Another aspect concerns how to deliver ...