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Ben Galbraith

AJAX State of the Union

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Spring Framework 2.0: New and Noteworthy

In Spring Framework 2.0: New and Noteworthy, Ben Hale will outline the major new features of Spring 2.0. Attendees will learn how to use Spring 2.0 to greatly simplify the configuration of their applications across the entire stack through use of domain-specific languages and smart defaults. They will see how to make their business services transactional in one line of configuration code. Other highlights include practical examples of creating aspects using AspectJ’s pointcut language, developing stateful business components, implementing beans using dynamic languages such as Groovy and Beanshell, receiving asynchronous messages with JMS, and leveraging Spring’s support for Java 5 language constructs.

Eclipse's Tips and Tricks

This session has something for everyone. We’ll start by reviewing some Eclipse tips and tricks, then follow-up with a discussion of some of the latest plug-ins available for Eclipse and how to obtain them. Finally, we’ll demonstrate how to develop a custom plug-in using the PDE (Plug-in Development Environment) and the SWT (Standard Widget Toolkit).

Notes from the Java Frontier

Even after ten years, the Java Programming Language and Environment continue to stake out new territory. This talk will discuss some of the directions that the language, and things being built using the language, are going.

We will start by talking about some of the things that were presented at JavaOne in San Francisco. Rather than discussing the big-bang announcement items, we will try to concentrate on the small but innovative uses in the Java ecosystem that may show where the mainstream will be in the next five years.

We will then move on to talk about some of the work being done in Sun Microsystems Laboratories. In particular, we will talk about attempts to move the Java environment to the extremes. On one side, we will look at moving Java to ever smaller devices (in this case, wireless sensors). At the other, we will look at the work that is trying to build large-scale, very long-lived systems exploiting Java.

Dynamic User Interfaces w/ JSF and AJAX

Dynamic User Interfaces With JavaServer. Faces and AJAX JavaServer. Faces can be used to create highly dynamic Asynchronous JavaScript. technology and XML (AJAX) sites. In this session we’ll take a look at how AJAX and JavaServer Faces can be used together to create dynamic components. We will examine some of the features in the JavaServer Faces 1.2 specification (as well as JavaServer Faces 2.0 specification proposals) that facilitate the use of AJAX. We’ll also take a look at some of the dynamic components available, as well as a complete application, and we’ll see how JavaScript. libraries such as Dojo can be used.

Jason Chambers

Introduction to XForms

Consider document oriented applications. Examples may include mortgage application processing, loan application processing, IRS tax filings, Ordering systems, Invoicing systems. Examples of documents that may flow through these applications include purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, mortgage applications, loan applications, RFQs and so on.

Documents may enter your application in one of two ways. Maybe they are transferred from another system e.g. an ERP system. Maybe documents are created by human users filling out an on-line form.

Now consider how you would approach designing such a document- oriented system. Of course, you could use good old HTML forms, a sprinkling of Javascript and Struts/Validator on the server-side. As AJAX is trendy right now, you may need to integrate your favorite AJAX framework to provide a better user experience. Now you have to consider how to handle the flat submitted form data and somehow create an XML document from it so you can persist it or do whatever you want with it.

Is it me or is this starting to look a little complex and a little out of hand. Is there a better way of solving this problem?

Perhaps XForms - a W3C recommendation can help. Come get a high-level overview of what XForms is and when it makes sense to use it. You will learn about the state of browser support for XForms in addition to Chiba, an open source XForms engine that resides on the server side.

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