Tuesday, July 15, 2008

SwingSet2 on JNode

This is the SwingSet2 demo running on JNode with the integrated Swing implementation of OpenJDK. Currently the JNode desktop is based on the Swing JDesktopPane and the JFrame peer is based on JInternalFrame. Therefor SwingSet2 is running on a purely Swing based desktop. More work is needed on the Swing based AWT peers and better Java2D support but I will commit the code soon which makes the above demo possible.

It looks like we can anticipate a really interesting JNode release this summer. : -)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The commencement

I have been working with the Java technology for more than ten years now and JNode was my companion on this road during the last 4 years. Java became a widespread, mature technology, available as free open source software, the Java community has millions of developers and apparently the most favorable conditions have been created so far for an operating system based on the Java technology, what is JNode.

I'm starting this blog primarily to share with a wider audience my thoughts related to JNode and Java development, to inform you about the progress of JNode and its community and to reveal moments from its past and outlooks to its future. 

With the title of my blog I want to express my fascination by the general idea of self-reference and by the capacity of software to so effectively capture this essential principle of life, nature and the universe, a capacity which probably still holds key possibilities for its future evolution.

As an immediate incarnation of this idea I'm quoting the Java Quine I created 5 years ago which though not completely platform independent, it is the shortest of its kind that I know of by the JDK 1.4 level of the Java language:

class Q{public static void main(String[]v){char c=34;
System.out.print(s+c+s+c+';'+'}');}static String s=
"class Q{public static void main(String[]v){char c=34;
System.out.print(s+c+s+c+';'+'}');}static String s=";}

I hope many of You will find interesting things here in the future...