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Simon Morris

Simon Morris started coding professionally back when 1 MB of RAM was considered decadent. He eked a living writing games for a while, before winding up scribbling R+D code at a top UK university. In early 1996 he discovered Java, drawn immediately to its latent potential - which, he reckons, it still hasn't even begun to tap. He now owns a laptop with more than 1 Mb of RAM (but doesn't like to boast about it).


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JavaFX, Android, and the psychic octopus

Posted by javakiddy on September 24, 2010 at 6:13 AM PDT

Surely one of the biggest announcements at JavaOne 2010 was the new roadmap for JavaFX, laying out the journey towards a 2.0 release that will be radically different from what had gone before -- not so much evolution, as total revolution.

Apple iPad Not So Flash

Posted by javakiddy on February 1, 2010 at 7:38 PM PST

Amidst all the hype of the Sun to Oracle transition over the last week, some of you may have missed a certain announcement by a Cupertino-based firm regarding the imminent release of a computing device they say will fill the gap between netbooks and laptops.

Thinking Declaratively in JavaFX

Posted by javakiddy on May 26, 2009 at 11:23 AM PDT

JavaOne is coming up, and with it no doubt a slew of enhancements to JavaFX. Many of you reading will have no doubt dipped your toe into the waters of Sun's new platform, but how well do you really understand the power of its Domain-specific language, JavaFX Script?

JavaFX in Style

Posted by javakiddy on December 31, 2008 at 12:21 PM PST

One of the most touted parts of the new JavaFX API is the ability to skin UI controls using CSS-like stylesheets. However the current 1.0 release seems to be rather light on skin-aware controls, while documentation and examples seem to be rarer than a woman at a Star Trek convention. (That's my derogatory stereotyping quota used up for this year!)

No Future In Java

Posted by javakiddy on November 26, 2008 at 3:39 PM PST

A C++ programmer walks into a Usenet newsgroup, "I don't see the point of Java!" he announces.

"It allows your code to work on many different platforms...", replies a local Java programmer.

The C++ programmer is unconvinced, "I can already do that with C++", he blusters.

"...without re-compiling your code for each platform", adds the Java programmer with a smile.


Shocking Ideas: Coding Should Actually Be Fun!!

Posted by javakiddy on October 30, 2008 at 5:41 PM PDT

If you're following my recent adventures (do you have nothing better to do?) you'll know I've been spending a lot of time with JavaFX Script recently. It's a language which targets a wider audience than its bigger cousin — more Javascript than Java.

JavaFX Script: the 100 Line Challenge

Posted by javakiddy on September 30, 2008 at 12:29 PM PDT

There must be a name for that particular form of programming masochism which involves wringing the maximum effect out of the minimum of code. If not, someone should invent one!

I first began coding when the Apple II and Commodore 64 (et al...) opened up computing to the masses.

Watched Pots and JavaFX

Posted by javakiddy on August 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM PDT

In recent weeks I've been immersed in the strange and exciting world of the JavaFX Preview release. Some might say up to my neck, although sometimes it's felt more like drowning. JavaFX makes a lot of previously very complex graphics tasks now very simple.

When Buzzwords Go Bad

Posted by javakiddy on July 31, 2008 at 3:25 PM PDT

I always assumed the word "jargon" was a reasonably recent addition to the English languages, but a quick glance at the OED gives examples of its use dating back as far as Chaucer. It would seem that man has been uttering "... unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; nonsense, gibberish" for centuries!

Flogging a Dead Horse

Posted by javakiddy on June 30, 2008 at 3:57 PM PDT

Today is apparently Bill Gates' first day away from Microsoft. As he leaves, some have suggested Microsoft's star is now in the descent, as Google's star climbs ever higher. Is this really the case, is Google destined to become the next Microsoft? When a company attains a certain dominance in the market, isn't it hard to unseat them?