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Much of Sun's emphasis lately has been on server-side and J2ME technologies, and many industry pundits have predicted death knells for client-side Java. This makes some sense. Let's look at some J2SE facts: The initial versions of Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) were bug-laden, slow, and unreliable, making it nearly impossible for the nascent Java pioneers who had invested heavily in this technology to deliver a reliable, high-quality end-user experience. Developers shied away from widespread adoption, despite rapid improvements to client-side Java. Microsoft decided to exclude their version of Java from Windows XP, making client-side Java even more difficult to deploy, and posing new headaches for client-side developers; for example, how will end users run my application if they first have to install Java? Web services like SunONE and .NET requires abstraction layers an... (more)

JavaOne Japan

Zero G has participated in every JavaOne since the first one back in 1996. So, the decision to attend the first JavaOne conference held outside the U.S. was a no-brainer for us. Of course, there would be some logistical hurdles to cross, but how different could it be from attending a trade show here in the states? Boy, we’d find out. You haven’t traveled to a foreign country until you’ve dragged over 500 pounds of equipment with you for a trade show. Our duffle bags were crammed full of laptops, marketing collateral, posters, and demos. And drag them we did. From San Francisco t... (more)

Creating Java Tools to Fulfill the "Write Once, Run Anywhere" Promise

Imagine Henry Ford developing the first widely available automobile. He was a pioneer, engaged in the most exciting new industry of the time. Imagine how frustrated he must have been. Where would drivers buy gas? Were the wrenches and screwdrivers advanced enough to build the cars? Would the cars hold up on the variety of roads out there? How would he ship the cars? And... would anybody buy them? Nearly 100 years later, Java developers are pioneers all over again. It is an exciting time, but there are new obstacles to deal with. Instead of wrenches and screwdrivers, we use compil... (more)