Archive for August, 2007

NetBeans Reviews

August 30, 2007
NetBeans is THE best Ruby on Rails IDE, Life on Rails, 8/30

As part of an increasing wave of posts on NetBeans and Ruby on Rails, blogger George Cook discusses why he feels NetBeans 6.0 is the best IDE for Ruby on Rails. He offers comparisons to Textmate and Eclipse, then gives a detailed explanation of why NetBeans excels for a Ruby on Rails developer, noting in particular that it helps him learn Ruby on Rails.
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My NetBeans Visual Web Pack Suggestions, Ryan DeLaplante, 8/21
Developer Ryan DeLaplante discusses how he has switched to the NetBeans Visual Web Pack from Struts and offers constructive feedback to Sun on how to improve it. He notes how he appreciates that Sun has been working very hard on the NetBeans IDE and how excited he is for 6.0. He also notes that Sun has been responsive to his feedback thus far.

Moving the NetBeans (from Eclipse), Moving to Freedom, 8/28
Blogger Scott Carpenter details in a comprehensive blog post his rationale for switching from Eclipse to NetBeans. He states up front that he is using NetBeans 5.5.1 and "is very impressed thus far." As part of his post, he describes his personal history of starting with Visual Basic, switching to Java with JBuilder and moving to free software with Eclipse. He switched to NetBeans because of its superior visual development capabilities and states that he is "sold" on the NetBeans GUI editor.

NetBeans 6.0 Daily Build — New Logo, New Splash, Is Faster, Adam Bien’s Weblog, 8/28
Adam Bien, a German Java developer and blogger, comments on Monday’s daily build of NetBeans 6.0, noting the new look and feel of the IDE. He also remarks that the performance is noticeably improved from M10, the new page flow editor "looks great" and the EJB support and JPA "works well."

My favorite ones from last week…

August 24, 2007
Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere during last week:

1. NetBeans 6 Will Likely Use GPLv2 – ZDNet, 8/20
Ed Burnette talks about Sun and its release of NetBeans 6.0 under GPLv2.The blogger claims that NetBeans 6.0 will not only be well received by NetBeans contributors, but will also enable more open source code sharing.

2. The Straight Story: Solaris on Mainframe – Search Data Center.com, 8/22
Matt Stansberry talks about porting Solaris over to System Z.This move will help address the issue of server sprawl by creating value for existing infrastructure and dealing with power and cooling issues at the same time.

3. Go Solaris, Go – Pharao’s Blog, 8/21
Timo Zimmermann talks about how he is very attracted to Solaris but there a few items that he feels could be tweaked. Some features he felt needed a solution were: errors about the hostname, the default shell not supporting [Tab]-completion, and the VirtualBox that only supports three hard drives.

4. Solaris X86 and IBM.. – Sparks and White Noise, 8/18
Octave Orgeron explains that there is a growing demand for Solaris X86 and talks about the newly formed partnership with IBM, which will help Sun’s products into the mainstream.

5. IBM Sees the Light? – Solaris Jedi, 8/16
Christopher Hubbell discusses the positive joining of IBM and Solaris, which could possibly provide incredible advances to Sun’s abilities.

ComputerWorld review of StarOffice Weblog Publisher

August 23, 2007
MC Brown posted his blog review of the StarOffice Weblog Publisher today. Overall, this was a positive review as MC states from the outset,“Overall I’m very impressed [with Weblog Publisher] – write your entry in Writer, adding links, formatting etc as you would with any document, and then click Send to blog and off your post goes to your chosen blog.” Specifically, he liked the feature’s API support and the fact that it took the guess work out of blogging for people used to working in Writer.

He concludes his review by stating that this feature would best used by the managers, secretaries and other people who use Writer all day, but perhaps aren’t used to using a blog. He makes the connection that for these users, writing in Writer is natural, while blogging can be confusing. Weblog Publisher helps ease this transition for Writer users.

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Sun wins JDJ Readers’ Choice Awards

August 20, 2007
SYS-CON Media announced the winners and finalists of its 2007 Java Developer’s Journal Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognize the best products and tools for Java technologies in 29 categories. Sun earned wins in three categories (Best Java Technical Article, Best Java Virtual Machine and Best Java Web Service Toolkit) and had over 20 citations as finalists for the remaining categories. Get Java Software

NetBeans Reviews

August 17, 2007
Following are the NetBeans blog reviews for this week. Both the blogs chose NetBeans over others for Ruby on Rails development. Download NetBeans IDE

NetBeans vs. Aptana, De vanturat, 8/9
Blogger Cosmin Radoi writes about his experience in switching from Aptana to NetBeans as his Ruby on Rails IDE. His first impressions are positive on balance, as he highlights the code suggest features, debugging capabilities, the ability to “CTRL-click” methods, and easier access to Rails files. He also states that he always has preferred NetBeans to Eclipse.

NetBeans: Rails IDE for Windows, Nick Carroll, 8/10
Developer Nick Carroll talks about how he has not been satisfied with available IDE’s for Ruby on Rails until he tried NetBeans. He describes how features such as code completion, source navigation, syntax highlighting, code folds, JRuby integration, SVN integration, and contextual menu items make him “productive” with his Ruby on Rails development. He also says that he is considering switching to NetBeans for his Java development.

My favorite ones from last week…

August 11, 2007
1. Sun Explorer – Random Garbage Generator 8/7
In the Random Garbage Generator blog, the author posts a ‘how to’ on installing Solaris Explorer. He explains how and where to install it and highlights Sun Explorer as a very useful tool for monitoring the health of Sun machines.

2. ALOM, Xen, DRBD… – Brian "Krow" Aker 8/2
Brian Aker highlights the T1000 hardware in his recent blog. Discussing how the ‘Advanced Lights Out Manager’ or ALOM is useful in powering up and shutting down everything from the server. He mentions that if configured correctly Xen could work similarly, but due to the configuration complexity, he sees the value for most folks to purchase a Sun server with ALOM capabilities.

3. Sun open source chip design – OSS Watch team blog 8/8
Stuart gives a full description of the UltraSPARC T2 under the GPL and what kind of performance can be expected from it.

4. Sun releases the UltraSparc T2 Processor – Blade Watch 8/7
This positive blog of Sun’s launch of the UltraSparc T2 processor touches on all of the different elements and opportunities this new product will bring to its users.

5. Sun Releases UltraSparc T2 aka Niagara II – D’ Technology Weblog 8/7
DG touches on many different points of the new UltraSparc T2 processor. He discusses the extra performance that can be expected but also discusses the cost involved.

6. Niagara II about to take Center Stage – Sparks and White Noise 8/4
Octave writes about the excitement around Niagara 2 and the demand for high-end servers.

7. Sun’s UltraSPARC T2 Is Open Source – Phoronix, 8/7
Michael covers the launch of Niagara 2, describing the "wealth of benefits over the UltraSPARC T1." He further says that the decision to open source the design makes it "even more interesting."

NetBeans reviews in blogosphere this week

August 10, 2007
This week’s NetBeans product reviews for your reading pleasure.

1. NetBeans is Gaining Momentum – Especially in Java EE Space, Adam Bien’s Weblog, 8/7
Adam Bien, a German Java developer and blogger, discusses how he is seeing a shift to more of his peers using NetBeans vs. Eclipse in the past year. He attributes this to strengths in the platform starting with 5.5.1 that include Matisse, the visual JSF editor, and UML support. He also praises the rewritten code editor in NetBeans 6.
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2. What’s Coming in NetBeans Mobility Pack 6.0, Bruno Ghisi’s Blog, 8/7
Java developer Bruno Ghisi downloaded NetBeans 6 M10 and hones in on the enhancements in the Mobility Pack. In his summary-level analysis, Ghisi particularly calls out the Visual Mobile Designer, the merge of CDC and CLDC and the Game Builder as the most exciting features. He feels that these and other enhancements will make ME developers "very happy."

3. Double Up: Living with 2 IDE’s, Ghetto Java, 8/3
This blogger discusses how he uses both NetBeans and IDEA to take advantage of the differing strengths of each. He feels that IDEA is the best code editor, but that NetBeans 6.0 closes the gap.

4. A Music Player for NetBeans, Techno Lemming, 8/5
Blogger Lemnik Merrak shares how he met his need for listening to music while he codes by writing a music player as his first NetBeans module. Based upon the Amarok player, the module serves his need quickly, and he states that the NetBeans Platform is "dream to work with." He loves how he doesn’t have the leave the IDE to queue a song.

Positive analysis of JavaFX on O’Reilly ONJava

August 9, 2007
O’Reilly Media’s ONJava has published a thorough and positive analysis and tutorial on JavaFX Script. The author, Anghel Leonard, introduces readers to JavaFX overall before drilling down into JavaFX Script.

He starts out by directing readers to example JavaFX code on the official JavaFX site, and then walks through the process of download and installation, as well as using JavaFX with NetBeans. After giving an overview of JavaFX syntax, Anghel walks through several examples to familiarize readers with JavaFX code writing and the logic of a JavaFX application.

Anghel concludes the lengthy article by stating that JavaFX "is a capable new language for the Java platform" that allows developers to build rich applications in less time than Swing and Java2D. He further states, "JavaFX will quickly become a necessary tool in the Java developer’s toolbox."

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How to find anything in LDAP (…from Links Business Group)

August 5, 2007
This post on Identity Access Management describes the way various vendors, including Sun, rely on Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) as a storage mechanism for identity information. The review kicks off by highlighting Sun Java System Directory Server as "one of the most widely deployed, LDAP-based directory servers." It goes on to say that "one of the most useful features that LDAP directory of Sun’s IdM system offers is its yellow pages, or search service" which "provides several methods for searching the directory, covering different aspects of searching, including Basic Search, Search Filters and Context Search Methods."

My favorite ones from last week…

August 4, 2007
Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere during last week:

1. First impressions of ZFS — Solaris Jedi, 7/26
In this Solaris Jedi blog, Christopher Hubbell, wrote about his experience moving forward with a new JumpStart server layout. When it came to his data disk, he opted to try finally learning ZFS. After some apprehension, he claims the Sun technology is "painless and a pleasure to use. I’m still in shock from the simplicity. This is fun… I don’t miss Linux at all."

2. Popsicles vs Fruitsicles — ZDNet, 7/27
Paul Murhpy challenges those who say that using the Sun Ray is like returning to the green screen days. He says this is misusing a misunderstood label to create or strengthen an instinctive distrust and "No" reaction colouring all further discussion of the issue.

3. Indiana’s Calling, Is Anyone Listening? — LinuxPlanet, 7/27
Brian Proffitt discusses Project Indiana at length. He feels there are difficulties that arise from the fact that many analysts and media are basing their observations on preconceptions of Linux. He writes, "Mention ‘distribution’ and you might immediately assume that OpenSolaris is becoming some sort of Linux clone, or some such." Proffitt recaps his conversation with members of the OpenSolaris team at OSCON.

4. Solaris Volume Manager and iSCSI: a problematic interaction – CSpace, 7/25
Chris Siebenmann discusses the problematic relationship between Solaris Volume Manager and iSCSI.