At a Glance: Last week’s OpenSolaris, JavaFX and NetBeans Reviews


OpenSolaris 2009.06 received positive hands-on reviews this week, with Phoronix’s Michael Larabel concluding, “We have been testing out OpenSolaris 2009.06 this morning and so far, it looks like a nice update.” Michael also posted a benchmark review of OpenSolaris 2009.06 compared with OpenSolaris 2008.11, finding improvements across the board. OpenSolaris
Engineers from Intel and IBM gave rave reviews of both OS’s, with Intel software engineering manager David Stewart saying, “Kudos to whomever set up the web infrastructure for day-of-launch [of OpenSolaris 2009.06]. (I think Intel could learn something from you guys).” IBM expert Ken Milbert discussed benefits of Solaris 10, noting it “compares favorably in many ways to JFS2 from AIX and VxFs from HP.”


JavaFX JavaFX 1.2 received a strong welcome from developer bloggers this week. The JavaFX Journey blogger wrote, “The code is getting better and better…If they keep up these performance increases, no one will be able to touch them.” Jethro Grassie echoed this when he said that the update to JavaFX is “just what I was hoping for and more.” In regards to specific product features, the blogger of Exploding Pixels wrote that he was “happy to see many more UI controls included in this latest release of JavaFX.”


NetBeans maintained a strong presence among developers, starting with blogger Logan who said, “Netbeans it’s very easy to define your own templates…I’ve recently picked up Netbeans 6.7 RC1 and will be actively using it for my JRuby/Ruby projects.” NetBeans
Blogger Wille said, “When switching to NetBeans I was pleasantly surprised by how its UI had turned, well, modern.” Finally, another blogger discussed the top features he found in NetBeans that allowed him to become “instantly productive.”


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