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Blog Archive for batate during July 2004

2004 is a year of revelation for me. Better, Faster, Lighter Java was a fun book to write, and I learned tremendously in writing it. A closer involvement in the Spring project, and in the Java persistence community, also led to similar discoveries for me. It’s humbling to evolve my thought process in this very public forum, and thanks for sharing the ride. In this blog, I’m going to...
I was shopping for another car. I pulled up in front of the greasy car lot, wanting to know why the vintage cars were so popular. When I found the place, it seemed more like a shady garage than a dealership, and the salesman certainly reinforced that image. He had the distinct smell of transmission oil in his hair, and grime under the nails of his extended hand. I took it, and told him to show me...
In Hackers and Painers, Paul Graham of Arc fame dishes out his share of heresy. He tackles social heresy (actively seek out heresy, schools are prisons). But it's the programming heresies that interest me most. This guy really challenges you to think. He represents Lisp as the one true language (certainly, the most powerful.) He talks about the problems with Java. He discusses a start up...
Today, I hopped onto my mountain bike and had a great ride. Even though it was hot, the play of the trail over the hills was beautiful to behold. It had just enough down to let me recharge my legs for the next technical climb. It had sections that stretched me technically and scared me just enough, and sections that let me turn my brain off and just cruise. I got to thinking that it was all...
I love San Francisco. The cable cars, the wharf, the hills, the people. And oh, yes, the food. In truth, JavaOne has never been my favorite conference. I’m more of a chicken man than an elephant man, if you know what I mean. But you do have to love San Francisco and the food. So I was looking for a restaurant with Michael Loukides (who edited my book but we’d never met personally),...