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Gregg Bolinger
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I have a suggestion for the main www.javaranch.com part of JavaRanch.
I think it would be a good idea to have a Tutorials section.
Some tutorials I now exist in the Newsletters but they could be cross-linked I think. But all our tutorials would be written by Javaranch members who use the tools and technologies they are writing tutorials for everyday.
What I envision these tutorials to cover would be more along the lines of Java Tools and Technology tutorials. Not so much Java Language Tutorials. Maybe a couple of examples would be:
Refactoring with Eclipse
STRUTS in Netbeans
I know those are IDE examples, but maybe you get the idea?
One of the reasons I would like to see this is because of the lack of good documentation on a lot of Open Source projects. STRUTS documentation is horrific as far as tutorials go. Eclipse is even worse. And most of the time, these sites link to 3rd party sites for their tutorials. So why don't we just have our own?
What does everyone think? Good idea, bad idea? Maybe help spruce up the Code Barn? But not so much with the JAVA API Tutorials?
[ June 05, 2003: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]

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paul wheaton
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I think that's a damn good idea! Are you volunteering?


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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
I think that's a damn good idea! Are you volunteering?

Sure!
paul wheaton
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Slap together something and put it up on the test server ...
Michael Yuan
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For IDE demonstration, I recommend Viewlet. It takes a continous stream of screen shots to record your actions and pack them into a small Flash movie for Internet distribution. Very effective.
The full version is expensive ($799) but there is an academic version ($99) and you can get free eval. The eval version embed a viewlet watermark on the generated presentation, though.


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Pradeep bhatt
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PLEASE HAVE A TUTORIAL ON JAAS AS WELL.


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Axel Janssen
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I like the idea very much.
And even better focussing it on open source projects. These are topics with a start and an end. And there is a need because of sup-optimal documentation and Error-messages.
Things like JAAS could be too big, I fear. Fellow authors will get lost.
Keeping focus of topics narrow is very important.
www.javahispano.org is a forum too, and it allready has a tutorial section. There I am reading only the things which seems to be narrowly focused. And its good.
[ June 07, 2003: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
paul wheaton
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Here's something I wrote a few years ago to help folks get up to speed on EJB: http://www.javaranch.com/orion.jsp
Axel Janssen
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the viewlet tool Michael Yuan talked about looks really, really good (good concept, easy to use).
Maybe Quarbon.com accepts to free usage of their tool for Javaranch projects.
With javaranch they reach a lot of people, which might sell the product or include it in own comercial projects.
I'll at least going to assemble some tutorial for a national forum now.
Thanks Michael.
[ June 07, 2003: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Axel Janssen:
I like the idea very much.
And even better focussing it on open source projects. These are topics with a start and an end. And there is a need because of sup-optimal documentation and Error-messages.
Things like JAAS could be too big, I fear. Fellow authors will get lost.
Keeping focus of topics narrow is very important.
www.javahispano.org is a forum too, and it allready has a tutorial section. There I am reading only the things which seems to be narrowly focused. And its good.
[ June 07, 2003: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]


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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
Slap together something and put it up on the test server ...

I will slap something together. What do I need to access the test server?
Marilyn de Queiroz
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Darryl A. J. Staflund
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Hi there,
Here are my recommendations on recommended tutorials. They form, what I think, are the tools of the trade that everyone using the involved technology needs to know in order to use the technology effectively. Together the tutorials could serve as kind of a FAQ as well:
JBoss
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1. Defining a Datasource.
2. Setting up EJB-based JAAS authentication.
3. Setting up web-based JAAS authentication.
4. Using the ClientLoginModule to perform remote client authentication.
5. Using LdapLoginModule to autenthenticate against an LDAP directory service.
6. Using DatabaseServerLoginModule to authenticate against a database.
7. Using the JMX Console to manage your server.
Struts
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1. How to use ActionForms effectively.
2. How to use DynaActionForms effectively.
3. How to use Action classes effectively.
4. How to use Dispatch action classes effectively.
5. When to extend the ActionServlet class.
6. Do's and don'ts of HTML taglibs.
7. Do's and don'ts of Bean taglibs.
8. Having Struts taglibs and JSTL together effectively.
9. Using dynamic templates effectively.
10. How to use the validator framework.
Darryl
Mark Spritzler
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Originally posted by Michael Yuan:
For IDE demonstration, I recommend Viewlet. It takes a continous stream of screen shots to record your actions and pack them into a small Flash movie for Internet distribution. Very effective.
The full version is expensive ($799) but there is an academic version ($99) and you can get free eval. The eval version embed a viewlet watermark on the generated presentation, though.

I think we might have here a J2ME tutorial in the works. Isn't that right Michael? hint hint.
Mark


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