• Java SIG: Java on the Desktop Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 06:30PM
    Cubberly Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA 94105
    Software Architecture and Platform

Java SIG: Java on the Desktop



  • Come learn about Sun's Desktop Java, why rich clients are important and tips and tricks for rich client applications.


    Blake Connell (bio), Group Prod. Mktg. Manager - Sun Microsystems
    Thorsten Laux (bio), Java Strategy - Sun Microsystems
    Scott Violet (bio), Technical Lead - Sun Microsystems


    Presentation Overview

    Java on the Desktop

    Developing desktop deployed applets and applications? Wondering what's new from Sun regarding rich client deployment, O/S support, updated JFC/Swing Look and Feels? Come hear from Sun on the exciting advances in desktop Java (J2SE) around look and feel (GTK+, XP support), performance (startup and more) and deployment. In addition get a brief overview of Sun's new Linux desktop product. J2SE continues to be the most secure, interactive and visually compelling technology for cross-platform applications, come see why.

    The "GUI guys" from Sun will show off demos of look and feel work in J2SE 1.4.2. They will also provide performance tips and tricks for rich client apps including tips for better using Swing, and ways to improve rendering performance and reduce startup time.


    About the Presenters


    Blake Connell, Group Prod. Mktg. Manager at Sun Microsystems

    Blake Connell is the responsible product marketing person managing the Java client technologies for desktop systems. Included are the Java Foundation Classes covering the Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT), Swing GUI components, Java 2D, Internationalization, and Accessibility. In addition, Connell supports the Java Sound API and the Java desktop client deployment technologies: Java Web Start and Java Plug-in.

    There are two areas of focus for this role. 1. Ensure a high degree of J2SE integration into the Solaris and Linux-based Sun desktops. 2. Evangelize and support adoption of J2SE on other widely-deployed desktop systems. To achieve success, Connell works with internal and external developers and end-customers to gather input and ensure delivery of products that meet market requirements. Connell has been with Sun for over five years working on Java and the Sun ONE server software products. Prior to Sun, he has worked for computer hardware and software vendors managing ISVs, channels, product introductions, and product marketing. He has nearly 15 years of industry experience and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.


    Thorsten Laux, Java Strategy at Sun Microsystems

    Thorsten Laux has been with Sun Microsystems for 7 years. He is currently responsible for the Java strategy on desktop clients. Previously Thorsten managed the StarOffice Enterprise Engineering Department.


    Scott Violet, Technical Lead at Sun Microsystems

    Scott Violet is the technical lead of the Java Foundation Classes/Swing API team in the Java Software Division. He is one of the principal developers of the JFC/Swing API text package and the primary author of the JFC/Swing API Tree component. He's published many technical articles (see www.theswingconnection.com for topics). Before working on the JFC/Swing API, Mr. Violet developed applications for OpenStep/NEXTSTEP. He has a B.S. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberly Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA 94105


    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments/pizza
    7:00-7:50pm presentation (part 1)
    7:50-8:10pm break/annoucements/give-aways
    8:10-9:00pm presentation (part 2)


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No charge for ASAP members for the month of May
    Please call 408.494.8378 for student memberships
    No registration required

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