The New Java IDE

\'JavaSun Java Studio Creator 2 is so cool. I had the privilege to download it because I registered at Sun\’s Early Access program. It seems that Sun is aiming at Visual Studio. Take note, this IDE is free! This Java IDE functions like Visual Studio with drag and drop feature and automated code generation. It supports a lot databases and features intellisense. It really behaves like and looks like Visual Studio IDE. Not only that, it is also meant for rapid deployment! It comes with different export containers so you can deploy your web archive file (WAR) or servlets without any code modifcation. That\’s the good thing about Java — you are forced to code with standards.

Link:
http://developers.sun.com/prodtech/javatools/jscreator/index.jsp
Flash presentation of Java Studio Creator 2
Java, IDE, J2SE, J2EE

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ASP.NET Atlas Demo

I found an interesting post at Ajaxian.com about ASP.NET demo application using Atlas. The demo app uses Atlas to retrieve customer date via web service. I downloaded the video presentation of the demo app and I really want to develop these kinds of application in the near future.

The video [WMV, 10 megs] is about ten minutes long and demonstrates the Atlas controls for things like autocompletion and a Virtual Earth component. Or you can grab the code, which you\’ll need the Atlas preview release to run it.

Links:
http://www.ajaxian.com/archives/2005/11/aspnet_atlas_de_1.html
ASP.NET, Atlas, AJAX

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Firefox 1.5 RC3 Available Now

\"Firefox\"I didn\’t expect there will be an RC3 for Firefox 1.5 but I guess having more release candidates is better because more bugs could be fixed before the final build is released.

This release does not include new feature but only several bug-fixes according to Squarefree. It\’s only 218 Kb download and is very stable already so Firefox 1.5 final should be just around the corner.

\'Firefox\'

Links:
Firefox official website
MozillaZine
Firefox, Browser

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Open Command Window Here

\'OpenI often find myself compiling Java codes within command prompt (MS DOS) and it\’s quite a hassle to change directories all the way to the specific folder I\’m working on. I don\’t rely much on any Java IDEs\’ on-the-fly compile and run feature because I want to see the errors from the compiler itself. In addition, I get used so much to \”ls\” command in Solaris and Linux that I am so disturbed typing \”dir\” in MS DOS. If there\’s any tool to convert the native MS DOS command line interface into Linux console I would have converted mine already.

Anyway, this little program from Microsoft PowerToys adds an \”Open Command Window Here\” context menu option on file system folders, giving you a quick way to open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder. When you installed this, you\’ll have an instant access inside the folder where you are compiling. :)

Open Command Window Here has been around for quite long and I find it very useful. Oddly, it is not installed in Windows by default even if it is so small. You have to download it separately. I really wonder why… Perhaps majority of Windows user don\’t even care about MS DOS anymore?

Link:
Microsoft PowerToys

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Java IDEs Strike Back

Last week, Microsoft offered free downloads of Visual Studio 2005 Express for one whole year, which is until Nov 6, 2006. On the same week Sun Microsystems offered Sun Developer Network members two free fully-licensed IDEs namely Java Studio Creator ($99 value) and Java Studio Enterprise ($1,895 value)! This was announced in JavaOne Tokyo. Joining Sun Developer Network is free as well so I seized the opportunity to get a hands-on experience with these Java IDEs.

If only Microsoft would release Visual Studio 2005 Team System for free, that would be amazing. But it is very unlikely to happen. Right now the only free IDE from Microsoft is the Express editions of Visual Studio 2005. You have to pay the license for higher-tier editions. Sun\’s offering is way too generous that they have given away two IDEs costing about $2000! If you\’re a Java developer, download the IDEs now. If you\’re studying Java, like me, then you should never let these free tools pass you by.

To learn more about Sun\’s free Java tools, visit Sun Developer Network website.

Links:
Sun Developer Network
Visual Studio 2005 Product Line Overview
Sun, Java, Visual Studio, .NET

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Firefox 1.5 RC2 Available Now

\"Firefox\"Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 2 is available now! There are several fixes to automated update system, and I must say it works very smooth.

This afternoon I waited until the update feature of Firefox 1.5 RC1 initiate me to update to RC2. Now, the update is very small unlike the previous Firefox 1.x versions where you need to download a full 4.7+ Mb installer to upgrade. This particular upgrade from RC1 to RC2 only needs 390kb download. :)

\'Firefox

Links:
Firefox official website
MozillaZine
Firefox, Browser

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