Rich Internet Applications (RIA) are very fashionable at the moment. So what can you, a Java developer, do? Learn to AJAX? Become a Flash developer? Tie yourself to XAML?

There may be a better way. Simply carry on using the language that you know (and hopefully love), but add Java Web Start (JWS) to your arsenal of development tools.

JWS gives single click Web Browser based deployment of your Java applications. Once installed these applications can be run even if there is no Internet connection present. When the Internet connection is present, automatic updating of the applications can be enforced. And this is all governed by a comprehensive security model. These features make JWS the easiest and most flexible way of distributing Java applications to a connected world.

This talk explains the underlying model used by Web Start, demonstrates some of the strengths of Web Start, and attempts to rationalize some of the pain.

Speaker: Martin Paulo

Martin has been involved in the IT field for 18 years, and has been developing Java based software for the last 5. He has a Bachelors degree in Physics with Electronics and Computer Science from Rhodes University. His experiences in developing, deploying and supporting applications range from mission critical software in third world environments to first world legal practice management systems. Along the way he has worked with biometrics, radar systems, cash dispensers and general ledgers.

When younger, Martin didn't understand why people watched soap opera on television. Now he finds himself enthralled and spellbound by the ongoing human drama of the IT world. Thus he has developed a deep interest in the business side of software development.

Martin is currently planning a relocation to Melbourne. He promised not to show photographs of the house that he is selling in Pinehaven.

Host: IBM

The Wellington Java User Group thanks our hosts!

Date:
Wednesday, 21st.
March, 2007

Time:
5.00pm for 5:15-6:30pm

Venue:
IBM
Level 11
Majestic Centre
100 Willis St
Wellington

Afterword:
In our ongoing tradition, after this talk we intend to repair to a pub for some light R&R. All who would like to discuss points raised during the talk in a more congenial atmosphere are welcome!