SDPY – Geronimo, NetNewsWire, VirtualBox, Sailfin

Another SDPY (Same Day Previous Year)…

Geronimo 2.0 (Java EE 5) disponible (2007)

Hum, has it already been a year? Haven’t heard much (if anything) since that. At least they were not 2+ years late to the Java EE 5 party.

Perfect Blog Reader (2004)

I’m using NetNewsWire nowadays and need to figure out how usable the online/mobile version really is (last time I tried it felt really really slow on a fast connection).

Sailfin milestone 1 (2007)

One year later, Sailfin is in alpha release and JSR 289 is finally final.

VMWare player 2.0, no thank you (2007)

Needless to say that I went to VirtualBox and never looked back.

SDPY – NetBeans 4.0, Java Kernel

August 22nd is often prolific on this blog it seems.

Is JavaBE justified? (2006)

Java 6 Update 10 is now in RC. I was quite skeptical of the ability to bring down the size of the download (people were talking about a 1Mb installer…). Two years later, the full installer is expected to be around 11Mb and less than 4Mb for the kernel installer. That’s a pretty good result given how intertwined the JRE classes are and compared to AIR or even Silverlight (ok, Flash is still doing great in that respect).

NetBeans 4.0 beta is out! (2004)

NetBeans 4.0 was the start of the NetBeans re-birth. It brought a new ANT-based system, had full support for Java 5 (funny to read the comment about Eclipse also “supporting Java 5, except for annotations” ;-), a new windowing system, etc… Clearly Matisse, the profiler, the new editor infrastructure, the regularly enhanced support for Java EE development and the support for scripting languages made it only better over time. It did take four years though…

SDPY – BEA, Oracle, Java EE 5, Matisse, and GlassFish

A year ago, BEA was joining the Java EE 5 parade.

• Interesting one-year-old read given the BEA acquisition by Oracle (and thus the future of Oracle’s appserver) and the progress GlassFish has made in 12 months compared to others.

• I’ve only been using GlassFish for about 2 years (in its current incarnation). Seems longer than that.

• Three years ago, I was hinting at what NetBeans Matisse could look like. It turned out to be a killer feature.

SDPY – NetBeans on a diet

Three years ago, I wrote a couple of blog entries ([1], [2]) about the impact of removing features from NetBeans (which was only available as a single bundle at the time) to bring it closer to java editors in memory consumption.

Nowadays, NetBeans comes in a variety of bundles, including some very lightweight ones such at the 26MB Java bundle, the 22 Ruby bundle, or even the 14MB C/C++ bundle. With JavaScript coming in 6.1 we might see even more bundles (although a JavaScript-only bundle wouldn’t make a much sense IMO).