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Eagles still fly...

We went to the Eagles concert this past Wednesday evening in Charlottesville, VA with some friends. I was amazed, no blown away, by the performance. Sometimes we (or at least I) "filter" experiences to see, hear, or otherwise sense an event in a manner more consistent with what we expect rather than the way it actually is. I could easily go off on a tangent about philosophy at this point but instead I'll just admit I certainly have my own biases.

This concert, discounting any biases I might have, was truly amazing. It's not necessarily because I really enjoy listening to both old and new music written and performed by the Eagles although that's certainly true. No, this is more about using a God-given talent with no compromises whatsoever. To simply say we witnessed a bunch of artists who happen to be perfectionists does not do the performance justice.

I believe God has given each one of us one or more talents which He expects, sometimes imp…
Binding...finally getting it together (well maybe)

It's been a while now but I might have hacked a solution for binding. We have an application which we developed using NetBeans. We have been through various binding solutions but once JSR-295 code was released by Scott Violet a couple of JavaOne's ago, we decided to use it. Looking back this decision may have been even more premature than we expected but I don't regret it.

JSR-295 has, at least on some level, been usable since it was available. In my opinion the initial release was as good (and as bad) at most anything else we tried.

In the one project I have in mind at the moment we had a couple of wrinkles. This is a Swing application that utilizes web services. We really do like NetBeans for many reasons including the ability to visually design Swing apps. Having just returned from I think what was my seventh JavaOne (I was not at the first one and missed quite a few years along the way), I am not unaware that there…
JavaOne 2008...worth the trip.

It seems like I do well to write something here quarterly and I should make it more of a priority. Anyhow here are some of my impressions of JavaOne in no particular order.

First off JavaFX is just about where I have expected it to be since last JavaOne. I do believe this language extension will be a success. Personally, I don't see how it can't be although I may measure success differently than some. I am not claiming Flash apps will no longer be available on the web and the world will flock (back) to Java but I do think if you're using Swing and maybe Java2D to build your apps, you'll start using JavaFX and you're stuff will find it's way from the desktop to the browser and back with little to no effort on your part. I think Josh Marinacci explained this well on the last day in one of his sessions. There was not a lot of technical content in this particular session and I happen to agree with his assertion that we might use a…