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Blog Archive for daniel during July 2004

All about trust There has been great feedback to my whining this week about the OS community treatment of Java. Really, I'm not complaining so much as I'm trying to understand the issues. I am hoping that since these blogs also scroll on the O'Reilly network pages, someone from the Perl community (chromatic?) can help me understand this. The following is a question and not a troll - really...
During his OSCon keynote yesterday, Tim O'Reilly posted a graph of book sales in each technology category. O'Reilly pointed out that Java books were on top. No reaction from the crowd. Then he pointed out that their sales have been declining. The crowd applauded. The night before, author Paul Graham said that there is only one good hacker who programs in Java. He paused for the applause and...
One million Bluetooth devices ship each week. Bruce Hopkins gives this astounding figure In his feature article Getting started with java and Bluetooth. He introduces the Bluetooth protocol along with he classes and methods of JSR-82, the official Java Bluetooth API. Hopkins explains, " Before you start communicating to other Bluetooth devices, you need to discover the devices in your...
Usage errors? If you reach back in your memory, you may remember learning about Type I and Type II errors in a stats class. Generally, you are testing a hypothesis and the two types of errors are rejecting a hypothesis when you shouldn't, and not rejecting a hypothesis when you should. It may be a bit of a stretch, but it seems to me that this applies to scripting (and probably aspects and...
Java application heckled I'm now in Portland for OSCon which does not tend to be a Java friendly conference. Still operating on little sleep as weather delayed the flight I was on. I ended up arriving at about 4 am by my body's time. Any way, that's not what I'm whining about today. I'm whining about the lack of respect for Java applications. Adhoc turned out to be a bit smaller, but every...
Small apps that play well together So I'm still at Adhoc (the conference formerly known as MacHack) and still fairly sleep deprived. Last night's midnight keynote ended about 2:30. Steve Hayman showed how a strong familiarity with the shell has seved him well over the past few decades. He kept returning to the command line and deconstructing some of his favorite tips and tricks. Some of these...
Small apps that play well together So I'm still at Adhoc (the conference formerly known as MacHack) and still fairly sleep deprived. Last night's midnight keynote ended about 2:30. Steve Hayman kept returning to the command line and deconstructing some of the cool tips and tricks. Some of these have been around for years - he showed a spell checker that he had seen Kernighan demo thirty years...
MacHack has evolved into Adhoc but most of the traditions remain. The Adhoc conference began last night at midnight and for the next 72 hours a collection of developers with write code, compare hacks, and exchange ideas in sessions. David Pogue's opening keynote ended around 3:15 in the morning. He was prepared to go longer and clearly had hours of material left that he could have delivered...
What happened to making it easier? Ted Leung blogged about the recent SeaJUG post JavaOne meeting. He reports that there "was some feeling that Java 5 was going to create two languages, pre Java 5 and Java 5. The fact that many of the new JSR's are already incorporating generics and attributes will only strengthen that separation. A few people felt that it would be even worse, that due to the...
Programming should be fun We featured the Fluidium project a while back. You can run the Java WebStart version to play with this JOGL based application. It was a nice example of using WebStart and a great and accessible example of using the Java APIs for Open GL. Fluidium developer, Gerald de Jong, has written a feature article on Making Fluid 3D Creatures with JOGL. In his introduction he...