There’s a nifty looking site entirely devoted to sound programming under Java at Java Sound Resources. Might be a good thing to consult if you are planning to do a game or other sound program in Java.
If you do any webpages at all then you need to read 30 days to a more accessible weblog. It is not just about weblogs, it is about making websites more accessible to people out there with a huge range of disabilities including blindness, color blindness, inability to see small type, etc. Read it, follow it.
I’ve always used a self-generated key to sign HotSheet (currently my only Java WebStart application) but it has always bugged me that it had to pop up this horrific warning whenever somebody ran it or else I had to pop for an expensive key ($200 first year w/ $100 each successive year). But not anymore, now there are instructions for signing Java WebStart apps using a free key and you might even be able to turn it into a full-fledged signature with a little work.
I hope to follow these instructions soon to clean up my own application.
Just a follow up: I have since followed the directions and it does indeed work. If you try out HotSheet you’ll find that it no longer displays the alarming message it used to display and instead just asks for approval to run my app. Much better. Now if I can get Thawte’s “Web of Trust” to authenticate me I might be able to get it to show my name on the screen instead of theirs.
The article Peeking Under the Lid of Open Source .NET CLI Implementationsis interesting if you want to know something about the open source .NET projects out there. Should that stuff ever take off (right now it seems pretty dead but who knows) then you may find yourself developing software to run on Mono on Linux and Mac OS X and .NET on Windows.
You get jaded. You think, “I’ve seen all there is to see on the world wide web,” or “I know pretty much all the stuff in the areas that interest me that are out there.” Then it’s like you find a whole lost tribe of people and they are living in your attic!
That’s how I felt when somebody asked about creating browser based games and then reeled off a set of names, none of which was familiar. The site MPOGD was mighty helpful though in helping show me just how much I was missing.
They have links, reviews, etc. for hundreds of turn based, text based, or otherwise just different multiplayer games out there. Lots of which sound really really cool. In the end I think I was able to help the person who wanted to know about how to write one, but first I needed a lesson of my own.
I can’t speak for Solaris or XP but the bug where HotSheet wouldn’t come up when run with JDK 1.4.0 has been fixed as far as Linux is concerned. Run it again and you’ll get an updated version which should run without incident.
Mozilla 1.0 that is. Also, with a small bit of smugness I note that Slashdot doesn’t have the news yet.