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: Gui development
by andrewg on Wed 9th May 2007 21:12 UTC in reply to "Gui development"
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I have no doubt that you will see a mini explosion of high quality JRE based desktop apps in the next year.

I highly recommend you have a look at this quick tutorial to see how quickly you can knock something together with Netbeans

The above link is for the preview release of Netbeans 6 but 5.5 is also very good. Netbeans is far better than it was with with versions 3.5 and 4. With v5 things started improving.

JDK comes bundled with the Java DB (Derby) so you have a database built into the VM if you need it just like Mac has SQLite. Sun is finally getting it the JDK/JVM and development tools are finally focused on making things easy for the developer and attractive to the end user. The mindset has clearly changed.

Edited 2007-05-09 21:15

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