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  • 6u10 Early Access! Java SE 6 Update 10 is an update release that introduces new features and enhancements aimed at providing an optimized consumer end user experience. These include: New Generation Java Plug-In, Java Kernel, graphic hardware acceleration support, Java Quick Starter, Nimbus Look and Feel, Patch-In-Place. Try it out and provide us know your feedback.  [Dec 14, 2007]
  • John O'Conner has a new java.sun.com article on Scripting for the Java Platform.  [July 26, 2006]
  • Apple have released an updated Developer Preview of JDK 6 for Mac OS, based on build 85.  [July 17, 2006]
  • There are now Binary Downloads on the scripting.dev.java.net project to make it easier to use various scripting engines with JDK 6.  [July 17, 2006]
  • Sundar provides More JavaScript Debugging Tips for use with JDK 6.  [July 6, 2006]
  • Luis-Miguel Alventosa show how to use JMX Monitoring & Management with both Applets and Web Start Applications.  [July 6, 2006]
  • There won't be a promoted build on July 6th because of 4th-of-July holidays.  [July 3, 2006]
  • Ray Gans provides an Update on JDK 6, Dolphin and the JDK Community.  [June 28, 2006]
  • Sundar describes how to use the JavaScript support co-bundled with Sun's JDK 6 distribution for Ajax Testing.  [June 27, 2006]

  • Beta 2 is out! and we are heading towards final release in late October. See beta2 notes from Danny and Mark.  [June 15, 2006]

  • Cay Horstmann provides Ubuntu build insights in Honey, I built the JDK! (on Ubuntu)  [June 13, 2006]
  • Kohsuke provides some insights on JAXB and Interfaces  [June 10, 2006]
  • There won't be a promoted build on May 19th because of JavaOne.  [May 17, 2006]
  • Artem Ananiev provides tips on Using JPopupMenu in TrayIcon in JDK 6.  [May 6, 2006]
  • Mandy Chung describes the significant JConsole Upgrades in JDK 6  [May 5, 2006]

  • Meet us at JavaOne! There will be a JDK 6 community party on Tuesday the 16th at 8:30 pm in the Argent Hotel. We hope to meet lots of the people who have been contributing and participating. See you there!  [May 5, 2006]

  • Joel Feraud explains how to easily Modify and Build JMX without needing to build the rest of JDK 6.  [April 28, 2006]
  • The winners of the
  • JDK 6 Regressions Challenge have been posted.  [April 26, 2006]
  • Andreas Sterbenz explains the new Elliptic Curve Cryptography support in JDK 6. [Apr 24, 2006]
  • Chris Campbell in Five Easy Pieces describes some recent Java2D updates. [Apr 24, 2006]
  • Sundar and Mike Grogan have launched a new java.net Scripting project. This project brings together scripting engine plug-ins for over a dozen scripting engines so that they can be used with the JDK 6 Scripting Framework. Supported languages include Groovy, Jelly, Pnuts, Python, Ruby, Scheme, and Tcl. (And of course JavaScript is co-bundled with Sun's distributions of JDK 6.) [Apr 18, 2006]
  • Russian readers may enjoy Sun's new Russian Language JVM blog. [Apr 10, 2006]
  • Danny blogs about The 10 Things You Need to Know About JDK 6 . [Mar 23, 2006]
  • Mark introduces the first JCP JDK 6 Maintenance Review which covers many small API changes in JDK 6. [Mar 22, 2006]
  • The JDK 6 project has been active for over a year now. Ray Gans discusses where we are with the JDK Community. We would like to know what we're doing right and how we can improve the project. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you like and what's missing by taking a short survey. [Mar 19, 2006]
  • Danny Coward reflects on the Java SE Ecology. [Mar 18, 2006]
  • Amit Handa describes the simplified JDBC Driver Loading with JDK 6 [Feb 20, 2006]

  • We're having a Blog Carnival to celebrate JDK 6 Beta, including Chet Haase on Favorite Desktop Things, Mandy Chung on Diagnosing Memory Problems, Sean Mullan on What's New in Security, Shannon Hickey on Swing Drag and Drop, Peter Ahe on compiler plugins, Jaya Hangal on I/O Library Updates and many more. [Feb 15, 2006]

  • JDK 6 Beta is out!  See the download page. This beta release is a major milestone in the development of JDK 6. It provides a complete stable snapshot of the final release functionality.
    This beta build has undergone much more thorough testing and baking than the regular weeklies (which is why it may seem "old" to weekly build fans). This means it provides a good stable base for the general developer community to try out the new JDK 6 features. The cutting edge
    Weekly Builds will of course continue to be available for people who want to see the very latest bits. [Feb 14, 2006]

  • Ensode provides some Swing GTK Look And Feel Screenshots showing improvements in the Linux GTK look and feel in JDK 6. [Feb 12, 2006]
  • Kim LiChong has published a TechTip on What's New in JAXB 2.0. JAXB 2.0 is the enhanced XML data binding mechanism in JDK 6. [Feb 8, 2006]
  • John O'Conner describes how to use the New Desktop API in JDK 6 to launch native desktop apps such as browsers and email clients. [Feb 7, 2006]
  • Keith McGuigan provides details on the Built-in dtrace probes in JDK 6 [Feb 7, 2006]
  • Object Computing has a useful introductory article on Scripting Support in JDK 6 [Feb 7, 2006]
  • Chris Hegarty describes a community contribution from Matthias that helps with Diagnosing DeleteOnExit Issues and was integrated in JDK 6 build 63. [Feb 6, 2006]
  • Patrick Curran provides an introduction to Java SE compatibility testing in What's a TCK when it's at home? [Feb 2, 2006]

  • JDK 6 Regressions Challenge From Jan 31 through March 31, 2006 Sun challenged the Java developer community to find functional regressions between JDK 5 and JDK 6. The contest has now finished, and the prizes will be awarded in mid-April. You will find details on the contest home page and FAQ[March 31, 2006]

  • A new java.sun.com article on More Enhancements in JDK 6 covers IO updates, JTabbed pane, and SwingWorker. [Jan 29, 2006]

  • JDK 6 Status Update: Ray Gans provides an important update on Where we are with JDK 6, including engineering status, the lastest schedule news (beta1 in February, final release in the fall) plus early planning for Dolphin. [Jan 24, 2006]

  • Jitendra Kotamraju shows how amazingly easy it is to create and publish a SOAP Web Service Endpoint in JDK 6. [Jan 19, 2006]
  • Shannon Hickey blogs about Location-Sensitive Drag and Drop in JDK 6. [Jan 17, 2006]
  • Chris explains 400 Horsepower: Image I/O Improvements in JDK 6. [Jan 13, 2006]
  • The JSR-270 EG have published the Java SE 6 Release Contents Early Draft spec.
    See
    Mark Reinhold's blog for an overview. [Jan 8, 2006]
  • Artem Ananiev writes about The New Modality API in JDK 6 [Jan 6, 2006]
  • Shannon provides an update on Drag and Drop Support in JDK 6 [Jan 2, 2006]
  • Eamonn explains how JDK 6 now includes attach-on-demand for JConsole and other monitoring tools. [Dec 2, 2005]
  • Alan reports on improvements in Out-of-Memory Handling in JDK 6. [Nov 28, 2005]
  • Check out the new Planet JDK blog aggregator, which aggregates various JDK team blogs. [Nov 14, 2005]
  • java.sun.com has an article about the System Tray Functionality in JDK 6. [Nov 9, 2005]
  • Alan Bateman asks for feedback on the use of Linux epoll in JDK 6 Build 59 [Nov 4, 2005]

  • Sun invites the Java developer community to Crack the Verifier! and help secure the new bytecode verifier in JDK 6. See Graham and Gilad's blogs for an introduction and the challenge for more details. And, of course, the JDK 6 source code. [Oct 31, 2005]

  • Joe Darcy describes the JSR-269 Annotation Processing Support in JDK 6 Build 57 [Oct 23, 2005]
  • Alan explains how java.io.Console is finally here in JDK 6 Build 57 [Oct 21, 2005]
  • Kelly blogs about Building JDK 6 on Windows XP [Oct 12, 2005]
  • Kelly O'Hair blogs about the extended Heap Dump Snapshots support now available in JDK 6 Build 55 [Oct 10, 2005]
  • Oleg Semenov and Dana Nourie describe New Splash-Screen Functionality now available in JDK 6 [Sept 30, 2005]
  • Alan Bateman describes the new attach on demand support in Jconsole, in JDK 6 [Sept 29, 2005]
  • Peter Ahé describes the early access release of the new APIs for javac's abstract syntax trees. [Sept 20, 2005]
  • Ray Gans describes Updates to the Java Research License used for JDK 6 source drops. [Sept 12, 2005]
  • Sun has released notes explaining the Java SE IP Rules and addressing Tainting Concerns. [Sept 12, 2005]
  • John O'Conner provides an overview of JDK 6's Internationalization Features [Sept 11, 2005]
  • Eamonn describes how to build a subset of JDK 6 in Compiling the JMX API in JDK 6 [Aug 30, 2005]
  • Chet shows off JDK 6, Swing, and NetBeans on Windows Vista. Happiness! [Aug 30, 2005]
  • Scott Violet asks for community advice in Should we generify Swing's filtering and sorting? [Aug 25, 2005]
  • JSR-199, the Java Compiler API, is now available as part of Build 47 [Aug 14, 2005]
  • Peter Ahé had added an ant script to build javac in Build 47 [Aug 14, 2005]
  • In Perception == Reality, Xiaobin Lu explains changes in Build 45 which reduce perceived memory usage on Solaris and Linux. [Aug 9, 2005]
  • Bhakti Mehta blogs about JAXB 2.0 and JAX-WS 2.0 in JDK 6 [Aug 8, 2005]
  • The Desktop team have updated their article on Desktop Java Features in JDK 6 [Aug 2, 2005]
  • Build 45 is out! javac now uses "-target 6" as the default classfile format.
    See Wei Tao's Split Verifier article and Peter Ahé's blog on javac and classfile versioning. [July 29, 2005]
  • Chet writes about the LCD Text Anti-Aliasing that is now in JDK 6. [July 26, 2005]
  • Mark blogs about the JDK 6 Component JSRs [July 19, 2005]
  • We're back from JavaOne and our July break and the binaries and sources for Build 43 are up. [July 15, 2005]
  • Chris provides details on the OpenGL Pipeline Improvements in JDK 6 Build 43 [July 15, 2005]
  • Peter Ahé blogs about javac and classfile versioning in JDK 6 including new verifier support [July 15, 2005]
  • The windows builds now use Visual Studio .NET 2003 [June 21, 2005]
  • See the new overview of Core Java Technology Features in JDK 6 [June 20, 2005]
  • Build 40 includes the first drops of Web Services (JAX-WS 2.0) and JSR-223 scripting support (including the Rhino JavaScript engine). [June 13, 2005]
  • Shannon Hickey blogs about the Improved Drag Gesture in Swing in Build 36 [June 7, 2005]
  • Stanley Ho blogs about the New User Experience in Java Web Start in Build 39 [June 7, 2005]
  • Check out the new free disk space APIs in Build 39 [June 6, 2005]
  • Chet blogs about Phil's Font Fixes which provide cool new LCD font support in Build 39 [June 6, 2005]
  • Bino George blogs about New AWT Features (including modality improvements and the new system tray API) in JDK 6 Build 38 [June 1, 2005]
  • In Graphics Acceleration Geeks: Rejoice! Chet Haase describes recent graphics acceleration work in the JDK 6 Snapshots [May 3, 2005]
  • Stanley Ho in Goodbye Scary Security Dialog Box! describes updates to Java Web Start in JDK 6 Build 34 [April 30, 2005]
  • George Zhang talks about the JDIC features in JDK 6 in his latest blog [April 27, 2005]
  • See the transcript of the Peabody chat with Ray Gans, Peter Kessler and Kelly O'Hair [April 25, 2005]
  • Dmitri Trembovetski describes the new Direct3D graphics pipeline in Build 33 [April 22, 2005]
  • Chet Haase and company's article on Desktop Java Features in JDK 6 [April 18, 2005]
  • Andy Tripp describes his experience in contributing bug fixes into JDK 6 in "I Fixed the JDK!" [April 18, 2005]
  • Scott Violet's blog on Swing Painting Improvements: No More Gray Rect! explains an important painting fix in Build 32. [April 18, 2005]
  • Graham Hamilton in How to Contribute Code to JDK 6 outlines the hows and whys of contributing into JDK 6. [April 17, 2005]
  • Bino George explains how to use Ant and NetBeans to build and run the Swing component of J2SE. [March 15, 2005]
  • Chris Campbell's blog on STR-Crazy: Improving the OpenGL-based Java 2D Pipeline explains new OpenGL optimizations in Build 27. [March 11, 2005]
  • Peter Kessler's blog entry Where are the flying cars? explains what changes not to expect in early JDK 6 snapshots. [December 20, 2004]
  • A FAQ is now available for this project. [December 14, 2004]
  • Sun has released the source code for the J2SE compatibility tests under a read-only evaluation license, so you can see and understand the compatibility process. [December 13, 2004]
  • In "Hi-Fi Swing" Bino George describes important improvements to the native fidelity of Swing System L&Fs now in the JDK 6 SnapShot Releases [November 29, 2004]
  • In Why are there two of everything? Peter Kessler provides some inights into the source code for HotSpot. [November 17, 2004]
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