No, I'm not changing IDEs, I'm already a NetBeans user. But after 6 years, I'm coming back to work for Sun Microsystems, and have just joined the NetBeans Team.
I had a great time working at Sun in the past.
Date: April 9, 2005. Location: Pirenopolis, a small city in the center of Brazil. In a bucolic countryside, hours away from any major urban area, with cold waterfalls and butterflies using our hats as landing pads.
I just read at JavaLobby a discussion about what James Gosling said of open source developers and compatibility. I consider James a long time friend, and I think he is somewhat right. But the main problem on this Java and Open Source discussion is that there seems to be a lot of misinformation on both sides.
I have been discussing for a long time how only open source is not enough for Governments. Although open source is a strong point of freedom it allows you to end up tied to a product, what may be not as bad as being tied to a vendor, but may bring you the same types of problems, specially if you are the government.
The JCP is were we define the Java standards. It is an important process to guarantee at the same time that the technology evolves fast enough to keep it competitive, and also that it maintains the expected compatibility.
One of the most influential computer communities in our days is
clearly the Free Software Community.