Anniversary/Brian Gilstrap/HotSheet has celebrated its two year anniversary on the web. Cheers all around that it is stronger than ever and is sporting a new look thanks primarily to Dave Astle. The thing that was brought home to me when I thought about GDN celebrating its two year anniversary is that we put the website up just after Rockelle arrived in May of that year. My time with her is what has made these last two years the best of my life and I’m afraid that thinking about that anniversary completely overshadows the success of any website. “kisses to my wonderful wife”
I’ve gotten back in touch with Brian Gilstrap, he’s an old friend from when I attended Rice. Both of us were in the same residential college and both of us were Comp. Sci. majors. It’s nice to hear from somebody you haven’t heard from in more than a decade and it reminds me how important it is that I go back and get in contact with some of the other old friends I miss.
There’s lots of HotSheet related stuff. The most important thing is that I contacted the lead on the Headlines project. It’s another Java based news retriever and his project has managed to do what I haven’t, recruit people who want to work on it. He indicated that he liked what he saw on HotSheet and that he would be interested in working together going forward. Let’s hope that we can find ways to build some nifty stuff going forward from here.
I’m absolutely desparate to get HotSheet tested on Mac OS X. As far as I can tell Mac users don’t seem to have Java Web Start support on OS X yet. So the only way to run any program like HotSheet would be to install OpenJNLP. The JNLP file is what specifies how to download, install, run, and update Java software off the web and Java Web Start is actually Sun’s reference implementation of software to use it. OpenJNLP is an open source version of the same thing which claims to support OS X. I’m looking for a volunteer to get OpenJNLP installed and working and then get that same individual to try out HotSheet. It is very important to me that the software I write under Java be cross-platform and the three biggest platforms out there for end users are going to be Windows, Mac, and Linux for the forseeable future. I’ve been fighting with a Linux installation on a home machine for two days now just so I’ll have a test machine for my software on that platform.
There’s a new version of the BrowserLauncher class that Eric Albert wrote. I currently use it in HotSheet and I actually like it more than the browser launching capabilities that Java Web Start offers because JWS always launches a new browser for every link you give it and Eric’s class doesn’t. In the short term I’m just going to incorporate the new version. In the long term I’m going to set it up so that HotSheet users can select which implementation they use to launch a browser and make Eric’s the default.