Go ahead and make me
Sure, it's a childish taunt - but "go ahead and make me" is also
Ken Arnold's solution for the recurring discussions of preferred
syntax. For me, it's a welcome change in perspective. Note: It is not
a paradigm shift. Few things are and I'm hoping that that phrase,
along with "at the end of the day" will be retired soon.
I was thinking of a change in perspective as I...
Do you write code? Not can you write code, but do you?
Max Goff begins his final installment in his
Blacksmith and the Bookkeeper series with that challenge. He
includes an excerpt with details of the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) used
in the moon missions and launches into a look at postmodern (pomo)
Alan Kay is delivering the Turing lecture in a couple of weeks at...
The Mustang Forum rocks on.
If you have been following the discussion forums this last week, you have seen tons of suggestions for what is important to Java developers for the J2SE 6.0 "Mustang" release. The topics have been wide ranging and the resulting discussion has pointed to a lot of deep thinking in the community.
Forums, Bruce Chapman waits for the laughter to...
Sitting on a stack of libraries.
When I was young and went to visit my grandparents in Boston, my
Grandmother would take out the phone book and put it in a chair to
raise me up enough to reach the table. In my home town of just a few
thousand people, the 1/4 inch thick publication would not have been
much help so we used the Sears catalog. Most of the searching I do now
is online. It's less...
A low bandwidth weekend
I spent the weekend in a hotel where the connection to the web was
telephone dial-up. This is a good exercise for many reasons. First,
this is how many people experience the web and it's good for me to
take a look at our site through their eyes. Second, it reminded me of
how much I take for granted when I use broadband to connect. See a
project that looks...
It matters who you are and where you post
It has been a great three days at the Web 2.0 conference. Yesterday featured
presentations from Google labs on some aspects of search that they are
playing with including using statistical methods, lots of data, and
lots of machines to translate from one language to another. This
enables you to enter a search in your language and return possible...
Planning for Mustang
Tiger was released a week ago. To keep us from dwelling on the past,
Denis Mikhalkin has agreed to moderate a new forum to discuss the
features that you most want to see in the next J2SE release, code
named Mustang. Of course, I'm kidding about "dwelling in the past" but we are so glad to have Denis write the following in today's
Forums. "We are in the...
I got up this morning around four and made a pot of coffee. At
home we grind the coffee just before brewing (and often roast it
in the week before grinding) and have an assortment of brewing
devices to choose from. On the road it's a drip coffee maker with
filter bags full of ground coffee. Yesterday Jeff Bezos of
Amazon.com was the first speaker at the Web 2.0 conference....
An OS Java effort in Brazil
Open Source Java is back in the headlines, but this time the
discussion centers around a real project that is already in
progress in Brazil. The eWeek article
Open Source Java Bresing in Brazil reports " The rollout of
Javali, which is one of 10 open-source projects under development
by the Brazilian government, including the JVM and class...
Where do you start?
Suppose you were designing an introductory course in
Java. This course mainly targets people new to programming but
certainly people new to OOP. What should this course contain and
where do you start?
I've been thinking about this because we sometimes forget that
there are people coming to Java all the time and those coming to the
language and the platform...