Archive for May, 2008

Next Stop: CommunityOne/JavaOne

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

I’ll be in San Francisco for CommunityOne and JavaOne. My schedule is fairly full for CommunityOne, but I am only on the hook for one official program thing during JavaOne. I’ll be around till the end of the Scala liftoff unconference on Saturday the 10th.

The last time I attended JavaOne was when I worked on porting Java to the Newton back in the late 90s, almost 10 years ago. I have no doubt that it will be quite the madhouse. If you’d like to get together, you can leave a comment, or send mail. Once the conference starts, the best way to reach me will likely be direct messaging me on Twitter, since that goes directly to my phone via text messaging. With any luck, this will be my last conference without a modern cellular/wifi handheld device. Bob Lee has posted a good directory of people to watch on Twitter.

The Open Screen project

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Around this time last year, Adobe open sourced its Flex framework for rich internet applications. Today Adobe announced the Open Screen project, which encompasses a number of things, probably most importantly, the removal of the license restrictions on the SWF file format used by Flash. The other aspects of the announcement relate to Adobe’s Flash Player, and while they are steps towards openness, Adobe’s player will remain closed. The importance of opening Adobe’s player has decreased because dropping the file format licensing should make things easier for the Gnash folks. The worry then is that we’ll end up with incompatible versions of Flash, which is in almost nobody’s interest. That’s probably the next problem that needs addressing.