Java desktop links of the week, August 31

Another week, another Java desktop links post. This week there is a fair bit of interesting news, but before I begin, I’d love to ask if people who read this can check if their name is obvious in their blog posts. It is tough having to search for them, and as shown a few times in this post, I’ve only got your first name, pseudonym, or domain name. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have your name printed than any of these.

Now – Let’s get into the news 🙂


  • Joe Darcy blogs about the progress being made in Project Coin, which is the project for small language changes for Java 7. In his latest blog, he announces the final five (or so) that have been accepted into the project, and for which a JSR will be created. Of course people have their opinions, but just looking at the list I’m pretty happy and excited about the small language improvements coming in Java 7 (although the Elvis operator and improved exception handling would have been nice too).




  • Andres Almiray posts to say that the Transitions plugin for Griffon has been released. This plugin allows for animated transitions to be easily included in your own applications. Just remember that animations work best when they are subtle and relevant (i.e. don’t go crazy) 🙂

That’s it for another week. Have a great week and I’ll catch you again in a week.

6 thoughts on “Java desktop links of the week, August 31”

  1. Hi Jonathan, I’m one of the Instructional Designers for the Tech Test Train. I saw your blog that said the game crashes on your system. Will you please give me more details about the problems that you are having when you run the game? What OS are you using?
    Thanks, Cindy

    1. Hi Cindy,

      When I go to run the game it downloads via webstart, but then crashes with the normal Windows Vista error message titled “Java(TM) Platform SE binary has stopped working”. Then I am presented with options to ‘check for online solutions’ or ‘close the program’. I’m using Windows Vista (32-bit) version. I have never experienced a webstart crash like this before. Obviously when TTT starts up it is doing something that my computer doesn’t like. Having said that there is no stacktrace or anything.


        1. Martin,

          Still no luck – it seems to be a completely ‘clean’ crash – I see no stacktrace or error log. It’s a shame as I’m keen to see what the Tech Test Train is all about 🙂


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