Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th May 2007 10:08 UTC, submitted by Ford Prefect
Java Sun Microsystems has announced the release of an open-source version of its Java Development Kit for Java Platform Standard Edition. Sun has contributed the software to the OpenJDK Community as free software under the GNU GPLv2. Sun also announced that OpenJDK-based implementations can use the JCK (Java SE 6 Technical Compatibility Kit) to establish compatibility with the Java SE 6 specification. OpenBSD has already started importing the release.
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RE: Does a good IDE exist yet
by Nycran on Wed 9th May 2007 14:56 UTC
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Thanks kap1, I'll check out netbeans! I think this is a very smart move by Sun.

Just for the record, what is your opinion of the start up time, operational speed and feel of swing apps these days? Are there any disadvantages of using Java over .NET?

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I have delivered Swing business desktop application last year. Customers use it on Windows with native look and feel. Most of them believe that it is a native application.

Some people develop Swing applications that load a number of plugins at startup, depending of the configuration written in conf. files. Those can take long to load.

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Java 6 contains some very important improvements to the three areas you have mentioned. If you are developing a desktop application, make sure your clients are running it on Java 6.

Regarding startup time, Java 6 offers instantaneous splash screen (before Swing even loads), which should decrease the perceived startup time.

In addition, the Hotspot client VM has received important improvement in Java 6, which should increase operational speed.

Java 6 also improved the fidelity of the native themes for Windows and GTK. They make use of the native theme engine and should be practically indistinguishable from native applications.

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