I actually ended up spending a lot of time in the NetBeans sessions yesterday (much to my own surprise). The first demo that impressed the hell out of me was Josh Marinacci's demo at the end of the NetBeans 6.0 general session.
So Iâ€™m sitting here on the bean bag chairs at Muscone, getting ready to go to a bunch of talks and hang with java peeps this week. I made a pretty big technical switch recently - moving to J2ME from Swing. Before the insanity starts for the week, I wanted to share a little about my experiences, and how I got here to give everyone a little context on my experience.
It's been a long time since I made a public appearance here at java.net, so first let me fill everyone in on my whereabouts.
I've been quiet as I recently shifted my focus from Swing to J2ME.
I've been quiet at Java.net for a while and I wanted to fill in a few gaps. A few months ago, I went through with a few major life changes that had been in the works. I ended my 6 year career on Wall Street -- opting for a change -- and moved to sunny Phoenix, AZ. Change I got!
I sent the googlezon movie John Mitchell posted on his blog last week to a few friends. My wife thought it was pretty cool/scary/etc and started some snooping in her down time.
I went against my environmental concience this morning and decided to print out a manual. That said, I didn't want to waste too much paper, so I gave a shot at minimizing paper usage. I figured I would print 2 pages per printed page, and I would print double sided. Not bad, cut the page count down by 4.
I've seen my share of death march projects, we all have (there are alot of them after all). What's amazing to me is not that they exist, but rather the sheer quantity and magnitude of them.
I am on one of those projects where I try to introduce XP practices like lightweight documentation and testing. I also happen to work at a large wall street investment bank with alot of money at stake. And as a result -- a pretty stressful and politically charged environment.
Is Paul Graham, a very open and strong opponent of Java, using it himself? Well, not exactly.
But Paul Graham's former company ViaWeb that was sold to Yahoo is. The last issue of Swing Sightings points to the Java based Yahoo site builder application for small business.
Got an email from the former JavaSound team (i.e. Florian) mentioning that Sun finally got their acts together and released an MP3 plugin.
Apparently, it works with JMF as well as JavaSound. Apprently, this was blessed by Sun as they solved whatever legal issues were pressing.