Thursday, December 11, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
On-Air Personality of the Year (Radio)
- Phoenix (Rhythm Lagos)
- Tito Otons (Raypower Lagos)
- Tyeng Gyang (Cool FM Abuja)
- Douglas Wokocha (Rhythm Abuja)
- Yaw & Matse (Wazobia FM Lagos)
- Wildchild (Rhythm FM Lagos)
- Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi (Cool FM Lagos)
- Chuks Roberts (Cosmo FM Enugu)
Best Use of Technology
- Saheed Adejuwon
- Titilayo Akinsanmi
- Bamidele Odufuye
- Lanre Lawal
- Icebox Studios
- Yinka Adetoye
- Yusuf Jimoh
- Oluwaseun Faniran
Best Use of Advocacy
- Temidayo Israel
- Mohammed Ahmed-Shaibu
- Ugochukwu Nwosu
- Tosyn Bucknor
- Toyosi Akerele
- Obinna Etele
- Emmanuel James-Odiase
- Emmanuel Etim
Musician of the Year
- P Square
- Naeto C
- Rooftop MCs
- Banky W
Actor of the Year
- Jennifer Osamor
- Funke Akindele
- Gabriel Afolayan
- Tonto Dike
- Oge Okoye
- Nonso Diobi
- Mercy Johnson
- OC Ukeje
Artist of the Year
- Ogunnubi Babadeji
- Seyi Taylor
- Abraham Oghobase
- Emeka Okereke
- Jumoke Verissimo
- Adolphus Opara
- Tolulope Ogunlesi
- Jide Alakija
Magazine of the Year
- Soundcity Blast
- The Applause
- Déjà vu
Style Entrepreneur of the Year
- Dumebi Agbakoba (Dakou Collections)
- Funke Adegbola (Ella Brown Couture)
- Korede Roberts (Fusion)
- Uche Nnaji (Ouch!)
- Ebubedike Mary (West n Couture)
- Yewande Perigrino (Beyond Faces)
- Olamide Ajayi (Iconola)
- Linda Ikeji (Blackdove Communications)
Comedian of the Year
- Wale Gates
- Teju Babyface
- Tunde Ednut
- Seyi Law
- Holly Mallam
Business Owner of the Year
- Mosunmola Umoru (Honeysuckles PTL)
- Tochukwu Onyemelukwe (Cotek)
- Alexander Yangs (Testify Music)
- Debola Lewis (Yvent Couture)
- Ibidun Ighodalo (Elizabeth R)
- Tobi Atunrase (Joolz Consultancy)
- Hassan Rilwan (Focal Point Publishing Ltd)
- Anita Ibru (Minerva)
Professional of the Year
- Kolawole Osinowo (Nokia West Africa)
- Oluyemi Oluwole (Chevron Corporation)
- Shile Ibironke Consolidated Media Associates)
- Dr. Adedayo Osholowu (Special Olympics Nigeria)
- Uche Okorji (Utchay Okorji Associates)
- Fatima Mohammed (Chapel Hill and Denham)
- Fola Aiyesimoju (Stanbic Bank)
- Carrena Sola (Travant)
Model of the Year
- Bryan Okpara
- Warebi Martha
- Bisi Rahman
- Bisi Sowemimo
- Amaka Chirah
- Isi Atagamen
- Owobo Ogunlaja
- Olubunmi Ademokoya
Team of the Year
- Blue Labs Technologies
- DNMT (Dance Na De Main Thing)
- Four Kornerz
- Babs Educational Consult
- UnRuly Inc
- Javabean Ltd
- Mo Hits Crew
Journalist of the Year
- Rachel Ogbu (Newswatch)
- Samuel Olatunji (The Sun)
- Azuh Amatus (The Sun)
- Arukaino Umukoro (National Standard)
- Blessing Ogunli (TheNEWS)
- Abdulkareem Baba Aminu (Daily Trust)
- Ruonah Agbroko (Thisday)
- Funke Adetutu (BusinessDay)
On-Air Personality of the Year (TV)
- Onyinye Igwe (Soundcity)
- Tana Egbo-Adelana (Channel O)
- Lamide Akintobi )(Channels TV)
- Dayo Ephraim (Hip TV)
- Blaze (Nigezie)
- Adaure Achumba (STV)
- Jimmie Akinsola (The Best of Football)
- Jumoke Alao (AIT)
Screen Producer of the Year
- Gbenga Salu
- Soji Ogunnaike
- Matthew Ogunlola
- Onye Ubanatu
- Chuka Ejorh
- Clarence Peters
- Kemi Adetiba
- Dayo Oyedele
Sportsperson of the Year
- Yagazie Chukwumerije
- Damola Osayomi
- Osaze Odemwingie
- Mikel Obi
- Eniola Aluko
- Obinna Nsofor
- Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke
- Olusoji Fasuba
Music Producer of the Year
- Wole Oni
- Alex Yangs
- ID Cabassa
- Don Jazzy
- Jesse Jags
- TY Mix
Dancer of the Year
- Qudus Onikeku
- Kafayat Shafaru
- Onyekachi Okengwu
- Wale Akinbola Sodade
- Jennifer Ogbor
- Bimbo Obafunwa
- Buddy Agedah
- Flex (Nonso Cajetan Asobe)
Young Person of the Year
- Asa (Bukola Elemide)
- Toyin Bello
- Yagazie Chukwumerije
- Damola Osayomi
- Oluchi Orlandi
- Don Jazzy (Michael Ajere)
- Cobhams Asuquo
- D’banj (Dapo Oyebanji)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
If you will like to explore the capabilities of Flex, beyond what was provided by the Flex Style and Components explorers, you need to check out Tour de Flex
It's an Adobe AIR application that runs on all platforms just like Java. You can download it for manual installation by clicking here or install it by clicking the badge below:
Thanks to James Ward, Gregory Wilson and others for making this happen.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Java Jazz Up is a free online magazine on Java technology. It's a monthly publication and it usually covers everything that revolves around Java. Lots of open-source projects and Java frameworks are being discussed. The August edition focuses on JavaFX technology. Do check out their site to download your own free copy
Thursday, August 7, 2008
So I'm putting forward the question to you, 'What would you say or do if you knew you were going to die and had a chance to sum up everything that was most important to you?'. If you had only six months to live, like he did, what would you do? How would you live your life?
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) say that approximately 37,170 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008 and 33,370 will die from it. How many people will die from it in a country like ours? If you've seen the kind of diseases that most of our old people here in Nigeria battle with, you will not but pray to God that you never experience such in your old age. The disease is said to be the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the US, and unlike other cancers, during the last 30 years, the medical community has seen very little advancement in prolonging the lives of pancreatic cancer patients. The video is highly inspiring. Instead of focusing on his death, he spoke about his childhood dreams, and he went on to attain quite a number of them, but they didn't all come easy. It's a video that will stir up something inside of you to get more done and work towards fulfilling your goals if you have one. One statement he made that I'd also like to leave you with is this: "The brick walls are there for a reason, they are not there to keep us out, but are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something". So why not fight against this disease with me, by creating the awareness. You can get to read more about Pancreatic Cancer on wikipedia. Read the more about his last days on ABC News
Friday, August 1, 2008
Overall, I'm impressed that the Preview SDK is out so that early adopters like us can try it out to see if there's a future for it in our workflow.
Friday, July 18, 2008
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
'Acrobat 9 Pro Extended has all the capabilities of Acrobat 3D version 8, but also so much more… There’s a Video-to-Flash transcoder which allows drag-and-drop of any type of multimedia format onto Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, and it’s converted to Flash video automatically. And, Adobe Presenter – a powerful add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint, is included! This technology is so cool. It allows you to add audio, video, and SWF in a PowerPoint presentation and then save it to PDF for viewing offline'
Click here for more information
Monday, June 23, 2008
- No more round trips to the server whenever you try to bookmark a new site
- All your web bookmarks are imported into the browser and you have the option of exporting your browser bookmarks to the web
Sunday, June 22, 2008
On June 17, Sony Ericsson announced the new C905 Cyber-shot phone, a slider-style mobile phone with 8.1 mega pixel camera. What really got me interested was knowing that it had 'Face Detection'. I've only seen this feature on the high-end digital cameras and not yet on a mobile phone; but it's good to know that better times are here. It's also supports the Capuchin API, enabling flash lite applications to communicate with JavaME, creating infinite possiblities. JavaME has some cool features like Bluetooth communication, access to Contacts, 3D, Web services, File Connection API and a host of other features that Flash Lite doesn't currently have and since you can create spell-bounding apps with Flash-lite, the duo are going to be a crazy combination. can't wait to lay my hands on the phone and do some development on it. Click the screenshot above to find out more or click here
Firefox 3 got another cake from it's fellow friend/foe, Internet Explorer, when it was released a few days ago. Funny, don't you think? The one they got during the FF2 release is still in the refrigerator, but anyway, M$ft will keep being themselves. Click on the image above to read the full gist.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Firefox 3 was scheduled to be finally ready for download on the 17th of June, 2008. That day when I got to work, I logged on to www.mozilla.com/firefox to go and download my copy of the great browser; only to get there and find out that the Release Candidate 3 (RC 3) was still there while the full version 3 wasn't available for download then. It was until later that a colleague of mine told me that due to time differences there will be some lag in the availability of the download link on their site. But I'm happy to announce to you now that Firefox 3 is now available for download with a lot of features
Monday, June 16, 2008
Nokia has done it again with their N95 8GB outgunning the soon to be out (July 11th) Apple iPhone 3G. Though similarly capable, the iPhone was found to be less capable though it stood head-to-head with the N95 8GB, but N95 nevertheless came out victorious. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone is very high-tech but has more limitations than N95. (Should soon pickup one.) Some of the restrictive features of iPhone 3G are:
- non-removable battery, 1400mAh, replacement is via sending away to Apple
- Very limited RAM (N95 has around 90MB of RAM after booting)
- Limited multitasking (all apps can be runat once,if necessary;but I don't see why I'd want to do this)
- No Flash support
- No option for Bluetooth keyboard, at present
- 2MP camera- no flash, no recording,fixed focus (N95 has a 5MP camera with professional lens)
- In use, requires two hands to use most of the time, proving a little restrictive
- No MMS support (Emailed photos are all downsampled to VGA)
Though it sure has some features that you can't find on N95,like:
- Pouched/cased by necessity, to protect the touch-screen from damage.(N95's camera is not mechanically protected and picks up small day-to-day scratches which slightly impact photo quality)
- Better form factor
You can get to read the full comparison by Steve Litchfield here
Google is a driver of the future, take it or leave it. In furtherance of this, to be a participant in this future that we're talking about, there's the need to be abreast with what's happening in that cloud. Google I/O Session was held recently, late last month and a number of key technologies were touched which you might be interested in checking out to see which would interest you. You can get them here.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
If Veerle could say that she feels very small, then what should people like me be saying?
Friday, June 6, 2008
I was impressed with www.java.com's new look. That's what we've been expecting from Sun Microsystems since. We've been seeing it with the recent Java installers, displaying on screen while installing, what Java can do, so seeing it now on the Java homepage is really great. Anybody who hasn't heard of Java before (which I think is absurd) will have an idea of what people have been doing with Java or what he or she can do with it. Check out the site to see what I'm saying.
"Java isn't dying. But we're all confused as to where Sun is taking us to with JavaFX. We hope Java wouldn't become another VB that was dumped for .NET. What I think Sun should have done is to create good tools - I mean very good tools, not built on the Netbeans of course; or extend existing tools. I'm not saying Netbeans is not good, though it's now fast, it's still not as fast as we want it to be, though it's on its way. Right now, we need tools can that accelerate the adoption of Java, so whatever it will take to get the job done would be cool. Or better still, I believe Sun has taken a good initiative, in making designers continue with the tool that they are good at and are productive in, like Photoshop and Illustrator and leave the coding side of things to developers. The demo that was showcased in the recent JavaOne conference where a designer used Photoshop to pimp up a design and then export as JavaFX Script was really cool. Sun needs to put a force behind this to ensure that almost everything you create within this tools is exported in the JavaFX script created. What I really think Sun should have done was to just make creating RIAs easier with Java probably by using the same tools - Photoshop , Illustrator and the likes - that export JavaFX script to export Java or XML that can be consumed by helper classes incorporated into the JDK. Flash is doing great stuffs in creating beautiful and stunning 3D interfaces and movies today with ActionScipt, not by creating another new language, but by building on what they have. They didn't have to create a new language that is declarative or something to be able to do 3D which it wasn't built for in the first place, but they innovated and the community created libraries like Papervision3D, FlashSandy, Away3D, WOWEngine, Tweener and a host of all others to make this possible.
Well to cut the long story short, Sun has come this far with the JavaFX publicity and can just do away with it now even if they aren't on the right path. What we need know now as Java developers is where we are headed with JavaFX, what are the stakes of we developers in this, because, a lot of Java developers are not being carried along with whats really happening and who JavaFX is for. What I don't understand is why Sun is creating a wrapper around the existing API (around Swing of course) to create RIAs, when there are still lots of improvements we are expecting in the base API provided for our use. We should take things as they appear to be and not confuse people with technology. Like someone said and I quote, most of this JavaFX craze as been seen more on Powerpoint slides than in implementation. I once tried playing around with JavaFX awhile back, say like 6 months ago or so, and wasn't impressed with it's performance at all then, though coding declaratively is great with JavaFX, but performance was really an issue then. I'd also like to make a special note of the Census benchmark carried out by James Ward (an Adobe Flex Evengelist), and also Joshua Marinacci of Sun, where Josh said the JavaFX implementation of the Bubbles demo was faster than that of Flash. I find that hard to believe becuase even when Flash is being used to fake 3D, it performs excellently well beyond what can be accomplished with JavaFX. We should be able to copy good concepts from others and build on it to move forward (sort of the Microsoft way), rather than refusing to accept the fact that some things are currently not the way they ought to be. See FlashSandy for instance, it borrowed it's Scenegraph concepts and has been doing excellently well with it.
So my suggestion to Sun, please let us know what the plans really are as regards the future direction of Swing, Java and JavaFX. Are you leaving everything you've stood for in the Java world for JavaFX or what, we'd like to know?
Then on a final note, I'm still curious as to why Hans Muller, Scott Violet and Chet Haase left Sun within a period of a year. Isn't something wrong somewhere? I'm still pondering on this. Then I'd also like to ask Amy Fowler if she actually tried disposing off the copy of the Flex Book Chet gave her. We shouldn't ignore the fact that some technologies are doing well, even if we have our own competing products. let's just accept the fact of life and improve what we have. Also, we'd love to see more real world examples of JavaFX, than we have been seeing. Most of the demos I saw in the presentation slides of the recently concluded JavaOne conference appear silly and stupid to me. We want more real world uses. The best one I've seen so far was that of the video site, - is it JavaPolis, or something - all other are just crappy demos. Also of note was the JavaFX version of Motorola's website that Chris Oliver spoke about awhile back on his blog, which performed excellently well when I ran it on my desktop back then. Flex Showcase houses more real world uses of Flex, than what we've been seeing with JavaFX. Thats my take for now on Java & JavaFX. "
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Adobe seems to be the first to introduce this concept with Adobe AIR, then Sun Microsystems also said that very soon applets will have the capability to be pulled out of the browser and run independently without the browser, Yahoo is also doing the same with BrowserPlus. Applications are ready going to be fun to use in the next few months-years. Google also introduced Google Gears for storing data on the client system and interacting with it from the browser. So take the plunge and start thinking in the real world way - where network connections could be unavailable at some points in time, and people still have to work.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I’m glad to hear that because I only have positive things to say Adobe CS3, and now that we are about to have a new version out for our use, I can barely wait. Here are some of the features we’re expecting:
- New user interface
- CSS-based layouts
- PDF export
- Live Style improvements
- Adobe type engine
- AIR authoring
The new Dreamweaver touts these features:
- Live View
- Related Files
- Code Navigator
- CSS best practices
- Code hinting for
- HTML data sets
- Photoshop Smart Objects
- Subversion integration
- Adobe® AIR™ authoring support
- New user interface
The beta versions of Dreamweaver CS4 can be obtained here, and that of Fireworks CS4 can be obtained here.
- Output your Fireworks designs to the application platform of your choice: Adobe AIR™, Flash®, Flex®, or HTML. In addition, export web standards–compliant, CSS-based layouts — complete with external style sheets — to Adobe Dreamweaver®.
- Switch from Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and Flash — with the ease and familiarity of universal user interface design.
- Generate high-fidelity, interactive, secure PDF documents from your Fireworks design comps for enhanced client communication.
- Create your AIR interactive prototype directly within Fireworks, ready to be deployed to HTML and CSS, Flex, or Flash.
- Drag and drop an Adobe Photoshop® PSD file into a Dreamweaver page to create an image Smart Object.
- View your web pages under real-world browser conditions with the new Live View in Dreamweaver — while still retaining direct access to the code. This simply means that we can now have the Aptana like functionality in Dreamweaver instead of viewing pages in an editable-like mode, we get to experience it fully as we would in the browser. This is one of the main reasons why I use Aptana, which is a great developer’s tool.
Friday, May 30, 2008
What makes me to be giving all these praises to Google was the excitement I got when I was making use of GMail, which I use in my day to day running; though I also use Hotmail & Yahoo, I say it boldly that GMail is the best. The new Hotmail is crap (bad use of Web2.0 concepts), while the new Yahoo is a little better though too bloated I think. I started with a Lycos account back then because I didn't want to go the Yahoo way; I wanted my email address to be different because if you were to ask most Nigerians what their email address is, all you'd get is firstname.lastname@example.org. So most times when I meet Nigerians and I get to ask what their email address is, I finish it for them by adding @yahoo.com once they tell me their username. Later Lycos somehow had issues and I lost the account, then I proceeded to Hotmail, and I was satisfied with their service then until GMail came out. I was dying then to get an invitation to use their service then because you could only have an account then with them if you got an invitation. Somehow one of my friends (pumba@cowblock) gave me an invitation. That was how GMail became my number one email provider. The yahoo account I created was created because one of my developer friends (Dabar) got irritated with me some years ago when he wanted to chat with me and he learnt that I didn't have a Yahoo account; so I had to create a Yahoo account, but I didn't want @yahoo.com so I opted for @yahoo.co.uk. i used the account for developmental purposes alone (to be specific, Yahoo UI development). I joined the YUI forum a few years back and the amount of mails I was getting from the forum was becoming a nightmare so I had to dedicate an account to it.
So back to what I was saying:
I closed work yesterday and just hibernated my laptop. On getting home, I resumed my PC and I was able to check quite a number of mails offline, as if I was online. I navigated back and forth from my inbox to personal mails without the display going blank and you know what? I felt good. I must also give kudos to the Firefox (FF) team because Mozilla kinda helped the experience; try doing this with our dear friend, Internet Explorer (IE), and see what happens; know what? The displaywill just go blank because the connectivity is lost. So GMail is able to cache my mailbox without hanging or spoiling the user experience. This is not to say GMail doesn't have it's flaws; one of which is that it freezes FF attimes because one of its scripts is performing an activity that is affecting FF's performance, and FF requests to stop the script in it's tracks, and if you do, the display is broken. But really, come to think of it, GMail is the outcome of the development done in an individual's spare time, and it's this good. Kudos to the GMail team and to Google themselves.
One of the things that makes Firefox the best browser is the abundance of addons out there that u can plug straight into your browser and be more productive. In one of my previous post, I made mention of PicLens, but there are lots of options out there that can make you more productive. I'd just mention a few that I use in my daily life and also in development.
- CoolIris: This addon is also from the developers of PicLens. It enables you to preview a link/page before you open it.
- YSlow: Another good plugin that integrates with Firebug, enabling you to find out what makes your website slow. It grades your website based on some conventions adopted by Yahoo.
- Better GMail 2: I came across this addon a few weeks ago. Installed it but never put it to use. I just had a swell experience with it last night while I was about leaving the office and my Firefox browser asked if I wanted to upgrade to the latest version, of which I accepted. After installing the upgrade, I didn't feel the experience yet because I rarely log out of my account bacause I try to avoid having to type my username and password everytime I launch my browser and point it to GMail. Anyway, I did logout of my GMail account because I had one other GMail account I use for developmental purposes, that I wanted to checkout. God, I was completely sucked in with what I saw as regards the GMail interface that I saw. I first thought Google had revamped their site, but I remembered I just upgraded this addon. It was really beautiful (see screenshots above) Beautiful Interfaces wet my appetite, that's why Veerle is the one of the best women illustrators I have come to fall in love with her designs on the web. She's just too good.
- del.icio.us: I'm used to the habit of bookmarking some of the websites that I use every now and then on paper, because I might at that time be using a public computer that wouldn't be accessible when next I have to browse. But I just decided to put the del.icio.us service to use, and having to navigate to their site every time I browse is a pain which they also know and have provided an addon that you can use within Firefox to bookmark or tag any link you want. So I can access my bookmarks on the web anytime without having to carry out my notebook or diary.
- IE Switcher: This addon is just like Flash Switcher too. It saves you time and makes your users or customers happy on the long run. It enables you to be able to view your sites in Internet Explorer, directly from within Firefox itself. What this means is that Internet Explorer is embedded right within Firefox, so you don't have to waste time launching a separate browser instance externally; you have it right there within Firefox. It's a little disheartening for me when I hear some developers say they develop on Firefox alone or on IE alone. One of my great pals once told me while we were working together on one website sometimes ago that we can enforce it on our users to use Firefox alone; this was because the site he designed was misbehaving greatly within Internet Explorer. I do debug for IE, but debugging that particular website was pain. The problem started from the habit that IE has, in ignoring transparency of PNGs, to some float issues I found very difficult fixing. So my pal was just like - we tell our users to use Firefox whenever they want to access the service, which I told him there and then that it was absurd. Eventually, we had to redo a new design that works perfectly well in both browsers.
- Clear Cache Button: There are times when caching helps you site load faster while developing, but at other times, it's just pain. This is because you don't get to see the recent changes you just made to a particular page because the browser has cached the old version and is not reloading the new one. In some cases, while developing with PHP, I've had to disable caching in the browser by sending an header request that expires the page immediately, so that on a reload, the browser has t o refetch a new page; though I heard that browsers often ignore this attimes. Anyway, I had to do a manually clear the myself, which is also a waste of time; having to click through several menus, checkboxes, and buttons just to clear the cache is a waste of time for me; I'm very conscious of my time and I don't want to watse it at all if I can help it. It's a pain to clear the cache in Firefox becuase I have to go to Tools -> Clear Private Data, then uncheck some checkboxes so that FF doesn't clear saved passwords, sessions and some other settings that I wouldn't want it to clear. Internet Explorer also makes this difficult because when you try to clear the cache, the browser freezes for a few seconds most of the time. The thought just crossed my mind last week while developing that there ought to be a FF plugin that will just allow me to click a single button and it will clear the cache. I did some Googling and there it was. My life is now easier with that addon.
- Tab Effect: This is not a productivity tool, but like one of my developer friends (Java personified, Dejjy); he so much likes those nifty effects you can find on desktops or in applications. There was a time his computer was sort of a toy because there was always something animated moving around. This addon takes your browser to 3D dimension with its 2D effects faked as 3D. You'd love it if you also fascinated by having some animated stuffs around you. The browser flips pages in 3D mode when you close or open new tabs.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
There has been so much noise about Adobe Media Player on various blogs and on their site. I wasn't disappointed when I gave it a shot. Keep it up Adobe.
With these kind of apps, you cannot but be productive.
Watched a video yesterday showcasing JXTA. I was impressed with the kind of communication that can be created between various ubiquitous devices with it. Check out the technology to find out more. Also saw a version of Aerith running on a set-up box (kind of TV set) last night. It was really a great sight to behold. Java is doing great on various devices now from cars, to PS3, to TVs and a host of all others. James Gosling and Bill Joy have really been doing us great. I'd also like to give big kudos to everyone that has been making Java a success ever since it's inception.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I have been having challenges having to code MXML by hand-coding it in Flashdevelop. I had Flex Builder 3 but it was a beta version and also a 30-days trial version. I was lucky to find out that Adobe gives students free license to use Flex Builder 3 and showcase their applications at Flex Showcase. Though I'm not longer a student, - now a graduate - I sent a copy of my scanned school ID to the team in charge of giving free licenses to students. I was excited when a few days later, I got the license. You can also sign up for the license if you are a student or a graduate at Flex Registration. If you are not a student, you have to go and buy the license.
I wasn't able to attend JavaOne conference this year (May 5-9) - not that I've attended one before -, but I've been up to pace reading blogs, viewing JavaOne Pictures online and watching Videos related to JavaOne. From the various blogs I've read, people had this to say about this year's JavaOne conference; that it was more of JavaFX than anything else. try looking up http://java.dzone.com for some of the write-ups.
Everyone has been making efforts to be a major player in the Rich Internet Application (RIA) space; talk of Microsoft with Silverlight/Windows Presentation Foundation(WPF), Adobe with Flex & AIR, Sun Microsystems with JavaFX. So far I've been very impressed with what has been done so far in the RIA space with Flex & AIR; http://www.flex.org/showcase bears me witness to this. I'm currently working for Quanteq Technologies Services Limited (www.quanteq.com), a consulting firm that solves ICT related performance problems for companies and organizations through IT Advisory, IT Project Management... One of the objectives I was supposed to meet up with was to embrace and develop with some new technologies and also recommend or research new and emerging technologies that would move the organization forward to realizing its Vision Statement. One of my team members suggested I try out Silverlight too since I was developing with C# (I just started when I resumed here; I've always been a Java guy), but I needed to see mouth-watering/amazing stuffs that people have done with Silverlight before taking the RED PILL. I didn't really see anything that would make me go crazy over Silverlight, but I eventually did see Lee Brilow's demos at http://www.thewpfblog.com, which were more than I bargained for. Silverlight is surely coming up, but it's still a kid beside its parent - Flash, but it surely has great capabilities for us in the near future which shows that Microsoft is also doing good in the RIA space.
Though I've been more of a Java guy in my development life, I've always been very skeptical about JavaFX. I've been following up with the technology just as its form was following function, since its inception when it was still F3, developed by Chris oliver then. I played around with it for some weeks, but eventually had to leave it because it was just too slow to startup. Even though Chris Oliver demoed some cute stuffs with it, I wasn't still impressed to take the plunge with it again.
I always joked with my Java friends that JavaFX was a dead technology. My perception has been that Sun was just trying to be a voice in the RIA space when they were not up to the task. Why don't they concentrate on the spaces where Java is a big force to reckon with rather than struggle in the RIA space that has almost been completely taken over by Adobe & Microsoft. Java has been doing really great in other spaces I must say, examples are Android (Google's new mobile platform), Adobe Flex Builder 3 (Built on Eclipse), BlazeDS (from Adobe too) and a host of all others.
But I was eventually proven wrong with the JavaOne video of 'Experimentating with JDK7 Features' which I saw. Men, there is really a great deal that Java is going to do in the RIA space. From On2's video capability been infused into JavaFX, Parley's website (http://www.parleys.com) being developed completely with JavaFX with amazing features and to hear about the future direction Parleys website is going to be taken to, to Joshua Marinacci's (One of my inspirers) demo, and then to the killer demo of Using Photoshop and Illustrator to pimp up a UI, export it as JavaFX code, then add more code to it with any JavaFX IDE like Netbeans or Eclipse to produce an amazing application. I was more than impressed to see this. What this simply means is that Designers can do their stuff in their tools of choice (Tools that they are conversant with), export it as JavaFX code and have Developers continue from there, which is more than enough. The JavaFX team has created a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for exporting your comps as JavaFX code.
I boldly say it not that Sun is really doing great by providing the community with great tools to use. JavaFX is set to rock the world.