Java One Keynote

Here is a list of the main topics of discussion during the Java One Keynote Address:

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Groovy 1.6 Beta

I installed the latest Groovy Beta, (1.6) and no doubt it feels quite faster. Everything looks good from a performance perspective.

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Using Firefox 2.x Extentions with Firefox 3 Beta

If you are like me, and you like to use the latest and greatest software regardless of whether they are GA or not. Then you probably ran across this problem too. After migrating to Firefox 3 Beta, I found that many of the Firefox 2.x plug-ins did not work. I didn’t know this for sure, since Firefox would not even attempt to load them. There is a feature in the Firefox plug in manager that verifies each plug-in is compatible with the current running version of Firefox prior to installing it. There are some plug-ins out there updated to work with FF 3 beta, but many of them have not been updated yet. I found a workaround. Simply add the following value to your config: Here is the procedure:

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Moving From Eclipse to Intellij on the Mac

I have been using Eclipse for the past 5 years. During that time, there have been projects where I have been exposed to Intellij. Recently, after a conversation with a colleague, they convinced me to give the latest and greatest Intellij a try. They bragged about the wonderful Spring integration and code inspection. So I decided to give it a try. After using it for about a month now, I must admit, I have seen the light. It took a while to get used to the different keyboard shortcuts even though Intellij has the default Eclipse key bindings available as a selection. I decided to do a clean break from Eclipse, and learn the new keys.

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Connecting to a corporate network with a Mac

Today was my first day at work with the new MacBook. Going in to today, I had several concerns on my mind, but after a little bit of work, and some patience, I was able to connect to all of the essential corporate resources. Here is a break down of the concerns I faced going in, the actual issues I ran in to, and what I did to work around them.

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