Java News from Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Microsoft is shipping beta 2 of Visual Studio 2005, which is good till May 1, 2006. They'll send you a free copy if you ask. I didn't order one, but my cat did. :-) There are also six express versions that are focused on individual langauges like C++, C#, and Visual Basic. These can be downloaded directly. The full version can only be ordered on disc. (I guess it was too big for Microsoft's web servers to handle.) The products seem to require registration for activation.

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be speaking at Software Development Best Practices in Boston in September. This will be my first time at this show since it was changed its name and focus from Software Development East. I'll be presenting four sessions:

I'll also be hosting a roundtable on "XForms, Web Forms, or What? The next generation of rich user interfaces". Anyone interested in particpating as a panelist around that table, should drop me a line.

Tim Boudreau's started work on a simple open source library for developing wizards in Swing.