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Blog Archive for daniel during June 2003

When you hang out with geeks, it's easy to forget that discussions of some important issues have not yet entered the mainstream. Digital rights and your online identity are big issues in technology circles, entertainment companies and in State and Federal legislatures. At times it seems as if we've beaten these topics to death, and yet it is still early days. There is a balancing act between...
This year's JavaOne has been a great time to catch up with people. It's been a busy week of sessions, BoFs, walking the show floor, and informal gatherings over a cup of coffee or a beer. With all that's going on here in San Francisco and elsewhere, the response to java.net has been amazing. In the first two and a half days there were five thousand registrations and nearly two hundred new...
Brazil's contingent here at JavaOne has always been very visible. Some of the Brazilian attendees proudly wear their country's flag like a cape and they all cheer wildly when one of their members is recognized. I've been corresponding with Daniel de Oliviera, coordinator of the brasilia Java users group. Their JUG is the second largest in the world with more than 6300 members. I'm interested in...
The most frequently cited quote at this year's JavaOne Conference is Bill Joy's statement that "Innovation happens elsewhere." The idea is a simple one. At the alumni fireside chat, Rob Gingell characterised it as meaning whatever you are doing, and no matter how many smart people are on your team, there are always more smarter people elsewhere. For us at Java Today it is a reminder that there...
At last night's JavaOne Fireside chat James Gosling said "there were almost no original ideas in Java. It was controlled theft." Graham Hamilton, the Sun VP who is the architect of J2SE 1.5 told Gosling that "choosing what to leave out was your best contribution." Blogs are featured in this first issue of Java Today because the entries highlight what we're trying to leave out on this site. My...
What were we thinking? Different people are bound to ask this with different tones and meanings. Richard Gabriel answers this question in his feature article A Vision for Java.net. At the core Gabriel aims to create a virtual gathering place for a diverse set of individuals "engaged in creative activities and imbued with tolerance for that diversity." One of my favorite parts of Gabriels...