Thursday, December 28, 2006

Polar Rose Search Engine

Polar Rose is a new face recognition system. It makes photos searchable by analyzing their content and recognizing the people in them. It is based on the algorithms developed by CTO Jan Erik Solem during his M.Sc and Ph.D. stints at the universities of Lund and Malmö in southern Sweden. They use 3D representation of an image from regular 2D images so such approach radically improves the short-comings of existing face recognition approaches.

There will be a royalty-free API, which will allow partners to integrate the Polar Rose functionality into existing sites or create stand-alone applications of Polar Rose.
For now plug-ins for browser are available.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

What's new in JDK 6?

According to Danny Coward's Sun Weblog there are several important enhancements:

Web Services
Easy to use APIs for developing web service clients.
Mix scripting and Java in your code. Javascript comes as standard, you can add many more languages.
Updated JDBC 4.0 APIs, and an all-Java JDBC database included in the JDK.
New Desktop APIs
Swingworker, JTable sorting and filtering, GroupLayout and more.
Monitoring and Management
All the m&m tools now attach on demand. And there's a new one: jhat.
Compiler Access
Programmatically control the javac compiler.
Pluggable Annotations
Define your own annotations and plug in the code to process them.
Desktop Deployment
Swing's better looking and better accelerated. Revamped runtime and application installation.
Integration with services like PKI, Java GSS, Kerberos, and LDAP.
Performance and Quality
Double digit improvements in performance, client and server. 100,000+ tests for compatibility alone.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Google Web Toolkit

Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is an open source Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language. Writing dynamic web applications today is a tedious and error-prone process; you spend 90% of your time working around subtle incompatibilities between web browsers and platforms, and JavaScript's lack of modularity makes sharing, testing, and reusing AJAX components difficult and fragile.
GWT lets you avoid many of these headaches while offering your users the same dynamic, standards-compliant experience. You write your front end in the java programming language, and the GWT compiler converts your Java classes to browser-compliant JavaScript and HTML.

Source here.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

My photo gallery - on air!

Picasaweb provided me with some space thus go to

Revelation of Norah Jones

At least for me Norah Jones've been revealed recently and A can't realize why A wasn't aware of her!
Her albums:
  • Come away with me;
  • Feels Like Home;
  • Thinking of You (Promo CD is available for now only) [2006].

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