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Alan WIlliamson

Alan Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Java Developer's Journal. He is also the core architect behind BlueDragon a J2EE CFML engine.


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Tripped up by Apache XML-RPC not encoding the string type

Posted by alanwilliamson on December 4, 2003 at 3:12 AM PST

Last night I was plumbing in access to an XML-RPC server from a Java application. I was using the excellent XML-RPC package from Apache for the client. It is a beautifully crafted piece of software, just for the sheer ease of use alone.

Just had the pleasure of interviewing Richard Monson-Haefel

Posted by alanwilliamson on December 2, 2003 at 5:44 AM PST

I have just finished writing up my interview with the well known Java celebrity Richard Monson-Haefel. It was a fun piece to do and I asked him many Java questions including his recent appointment to the JCP Executive Commitee.

We have Applets, Servlets and MIDlets, we now need CARlets

Posted by alanwilliamson on December 1, 2003 at 2:18 AM PST

The mornings trawl through my news items I discover this little gem from WIRED, regarding a quote from Dick Brass, VP of the 

a well rounded package in Juliet

Posted by alanwilliamson on July 30, 2003 at 6:13 AM PDT

It was at the end of day#3 at JavaOne and I was tired. I was tired of product pitches, tired of talking, and tired of listening to all the hype. I was collapsed in a chair looking forward to heading over to the JBoss Matrix showing so I could sit in a dark room and not have to speak to anyone without feeling guilty.

BEA beats IBM in SPECjAppServer2002

Posted by alanwilliamson on July 29, 2003 at 5:50 AM PDT

After the debacle around the infamous ServerSide report, you could be forgiven for treating all benchmarks and performance comparisons with a pinch of a salt.

who pays for open-source?

Posted by alanwilliamson on July 28, 2003 at 7:19 AM PDT

Open-Source is something that is never far from the headlines. It is something that I have been giving a lot of thought to as of late. I haven't resolved my views on the whole movement yet and at the moment, I am purely in a data-collection phase.

The one thing that I have been trying to resolve is the whole notion of food-on-the-table, and who actually puts it there.

Don't panic ... you don't need to know everything

Posted by alanwilliamson on July 15, 2003 at 2:46 AM PDT

I get a lot of private email from readers regarding various aspects of the Java spectrum (and discounting the surge of email from students at the end of the term, looking for someone to complete their final coursework for them) expressing a concern at being left behind.

They are concerned that they aren't keeping up with all the latest developments and find it, at times, overwhelming.