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Blog Archive for daniel during August 2004

Maybe that word is about to mean what we think it does There's a running motif in "The Princess Bride" where every time the hero foils an advance party of villains, the organizer of the advance party exclaims "inconceivable". Finally, one of his team says something like, "I do not think that that word means what you think it means." I have felt that way for years about the deprecated tag in...
Bookclub discussion of Hackers and Painters begins This morning I watched my two daughters walk down the street just enough ahead of me that I felt almost like an observer outside of the scene. The youngest is starting Kindergarten and the eldest is in third grade. As if there isn't enough for me to worry about - now that I've read the first essay in Paul Graham's "Hackers and Painters" I am...
Something old, something new... We are moving our forums over to Jive software to address some of the comments we've received over the past few months about readability of forums. One nice feature is that you will be able to see by the red dot next to various posts which items have appeared since the last time you visited. Also you will be able to subscribe to RSS feeds for forums or for...
Java attacked and defended I blogged last month about Paul Graham's OSCon address on great hackers. He has now published the text of his speech Great Hackers so you can take a look for yourself. We will be featuring Graham's book "Hackers and Painters" in our next book club discussion. Steve Mallet sends in a link to "Java Developers Journal's attempt to debunk Paul Graham's "Great Hackers"...
Provide yourself with the same advantages you provide for your customers Mike Clark begins his book Pragmatic Project Automation with one of those obvious points: we spend most of our life as developers writing software and working with hardware to make end users' lives easier - why don't we spend a little time automating our own processes. Through a rich set of examples, Mike makes it look...
A series on Rule Engines and Declarative Programming N. Alex Rupp has launched his new column Ruling Out. Each article should "explore two new aspects of rule engine technology for the Java platform. I'll compare open source Java rule engines, supply you with tips on declarative programming strategies and tactics, walk you through examples on how to integrate the new standard Java rule engine...
Engineers, Architects, Technologists... Some titles are easier to see through than others. When Bozo T. Clown gives you a card that lists him as President and CEO of Bozo T. Clown consulting you probably have a good idea that this is most likely a small operation and Mr. Clown may be the only employee (maybe not). But what happens when someone is introduced to you as a software engineer or...
Do you get what you're asking for? Dori points to a help wanted ad on Craig's list and thinks that she spots age discrimination in an ad that lists as one of their top requirements "recent college grad." I may be cynical but I read that as code for "we're not going to pay very much" and not that "we want the most experienced" folks. We've been discussing Help wanted ads in the forums based on...
J2SE and other Sun docs removed from JDocs.com JDocs.com is a cool idea. Others have had similar ideas - in fact we were approached about a similar idea not too long ago from another company. I don't think anyone was copying from anyone else in this case - just that often a need or an opportunity becomes obvious to more than one group at the same time. After launching JDocs.com, Rick Ross...
Stop me before I bloat some piece of software again. All of the cool features have been added to a product. There are no flashy enhancements left to add. All that are left are the little updates necessary to keep the software running on the latest OS releases. What fun is that? If you have a stable but loyal user base, this can be a real problem. The users need the software to continue to...