JDBC will be updated to 4.0 in Java SE 6.0 (Mustang) – the most interesting new feature will be the addition of annotation support allowing you to define your queries as annotations. More changes and new features are covered in this article on the onJava.com site.
If you haven’t downloaded and played with Ubuntu Linux yet then I urge you to do so, becuase it is very slick. In this article by Tony Mobily on freesoftwaremagazine.com, he descibes Ubuntu as ‘Linux done right’, and from my own experiences with RedHat 7.0 and above, Fedora Core 1 though 4, Suse and now Ubuntu, I have to say that they have the usability really worked out – it is great to use.
Mobily goes a step further to say that he believes Ubuntu may be the downfall of RedHat – RedHat abandoned the desktop to concentrate on the server platform, and in doing so most likely lost a significant part of their user base. Ubuntu has tageted the desktop and got it right, and according to Mobily, SysAdmins previously working with RedHat are already moving to Ubuntu for it’s ease of use on the desktop, and for this reason may drive future decisions of which Linux server also to Ubuntu.
Just spotted this in Slashdot – for the next 3 days only, the calendar date will represent the sequence of x86 CPUs – 2/8/6, 3/8/6, and 4/8/6.
java.sun.com have an interview with Josh Marinacci of Sun’s SwingLabs – in the interview they cover questions about favorite Swing hacks, the future of desktop Java, and the JavaOne famous ‘Aerith’ demo that blew everyone away.
There has definitely been an increasing interest in desktop client applications using Swing over the past several months, and I expect this is being driven by the growing demand for rich client applications. It’s still considerably easier to build a visually rich, full featured, interactive application with Swing than it is with a browser and technologies like AJAX, and I think this is driving renewed interest in Swing and desktop applications.