I just received some spam-mail from the IPv6 summit, titled "The Future of Military, Homeland Defense, and New Economic Opportunities
Focus of New Internet Summit".
Granted, the good old US DOD started this whole 'Net thing, and I suppose I shouldn't rain on their parade. But as a lifelong pacifist, I found myself rather offended.
A few days ago, I needed to write a program that was essentially a variant of the well-known UNIX diff.
So, what was cool this year? The tiger on stage? I missed that. The keynotes that were more or less repeats of the previous year's keynotes? Unfortunately, I didn't miss those, though I wasn't quite as put off by them as some people were.
The Death By UML blog piqued my interest. I admit I didn't read the big ACM article.
First, I was amused to see James's Gosling's report that John Munsch was ticked off by James's JNN. Well, not that amused. I'll throw oil on the fire. About a month ago, I tried Munsch's HotSheet. OK, but not compelling; a few things didn't work right; things I subscribed to didn't stay subscribed; and so on.
Yesterday, a friend pointed me at this article about the WS-DISCOVERY standard. Both of us viewed it with some dismay: it would be a depressing world, indeed, the promise of JINI were realized by a bunch of web services technologies that (as the article itself points out) are bloated, inefficient, and insecure.
I was looking at the games site last night, and was surprised to find that only one game was shipped in a binary format and ready to play: bouldercat.
That really disappointed me. I just wanted to waste time--not join projects, download source files from CVS, spend some time figuring out why the build process won't work in my environment, and maybe end up with something playable.
Just read Clay Shirky's talk, A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy". It reminded me of something else I've read.
This rather long ramble is something I've been getting around to writing for a long time.
Jonathan Simon's weblog on the Sound API struck a nerve. I recently needed to use the javax.comm API to do serial communications with a ham radio. It's great stuff--it's easy to use, and I was writing code to control the radio within an hour or so.
But it also looked like the API hadn't been touched since JDK 1.1.7 or thereabouts.