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Blog Archive for daniel during October 2004

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) computer programming. 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. In today's 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...