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Alan Williamson's Blog Have you played with Google's Desktop tool? This is basically a strip on the side of your screen that lets you house small applications, called Gadgets. The tool is available for Windows, Linux and Mac so no matter your vice there is a flavour for you. There is a wide variety of Gadgets available, ranging from the usual news tickers and clocks right through to games and even being able to vote if a girl is hot or not! Each gadget is essentially a small Javascript application that is built to a given framework that is provided to by the Google application that you install. The Javascript is out of the sandbox, permitting it to connect to any host utilising the popular XMLHttpRequest object to do all the heavy network lifting. In addition, Google has a whole set of API's allowing you to query details about the system in which you are running. ... (more)

Swing Is Swinging Java Out of the Desktop

Over the last few months I have made more than a passing reference to the fact that I personally feel that, in its present state, Java doesn't stand much chance on the desktop against the march of Microsoft's WinForm technology from the .NET Framework. A view, I have discovered, shared by many of you. Before I go on, let me clarify my position here so we are all on the same page. The frameworks currently available to the Java developer from the standard JDK, of course, are AWT and Swing. Naturally we are not talking about other client-side technologies, such as SWT, Thinlets, and... (more)

Calling Dick Tracy...Calling Dick Tracy

All change on the JDJ front, eh? What's going on? It's all gone topsy-turvy! "Alan at the back, a whole host of new faces, and a new front cover." Don't panic; it's all under control. JDJ has undergone a major renewal process, taking us into version 3. We do this every so often so we don't get complacent and to ensure that we are always providing you with information that best serves you. The office of editor is an important one and when we rev another release, we like to appoint a new editor-in-chief to control the next wave. I'm very proud and pleased to announce Joe Ottinger a... (more)

Sun Swings and Misses Once Again with JavaFX

Alan Williamson's Blog It really is our own fault; we have come to expect too much of Sun. They are like that lovable uncle we have. They have the best stories at the dinner table, but if you look around at the other adults, they are all rolling their eyes and laughing politely. They always promise they are going to show up at your major event, but and if they do arrive, it's generally very late and with the most inappropriate gift. Megan Ring and Carmen Gonzalez of SYS-CON Media with JDJ founding editor Alan Williamson at the JDJ booth during JavaOne. In this particular instance... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing CEO Michael Crandell

"We are in an ideal position to accelerate our business to continue our leadership in this rapidly advancing cloud market," says RightScale CEO Michael Crandell, in this Exclusive Q&A with the editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, Alan Williamson. "We decided the timing was right to create a war chest that would take us to profitability," Crandell added. Earlier this month RightScale snagged $13M in a Series B round of venture funding. Here's the interview in full: Cloud Computing Journal: $13M is quite a chunk of change to raise in this climate. Was this about w... (more)