Graeme Rocher has announced on his blog that the initial version of The Definitive Guide to Grails is available as an e-book for download, prior to final publishing by Apress.
The French government are already leading the way for Linux usage in government offices (the Gendarmes and the Ministry of Culture already are using Linux), but now the Parliament offices will now also replace Windows for Linux.
InfoQ.com have a great interview with Gavin King on their site discussing the new features and changes in Seam 1.1.
Most interesting I think is the option to no longer be reliant on EJB3 Entity Beans as the backing beans for the JSF pages, but instead use plain POJOs – a feature that allows you to deploy a Seam based app without a dependency on an EE App Server. More details in this blog entry here.
One of the most popular JavaOne sessions this year was the ‘Extreme GUI Makeover’ session, in which the guys from SwingLabs took a plain looking Swing app and then jazzed it up.
The source code, and an animated demo of the added features in the app are now available for download – see this article for more details