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Blog Archive for daniel during January 2005

The need for a more representative sample Yolanda King, daughter of the man we are remembering today in the U.S., said "my father made more than one speech." Martin Luther King, Jr. is often remembered here for his I have a dream speech. As memorable, as finely crafted, and as well-delivered that speech was, King went on to deliver powerful speeches in the subsequent five years. Many of them,...
Addressing fixed resources In Also in Java Today , Kevin Shockey writes his Management Hack #2 - Understanding the Pie Metaphor. When he asks for more needed resources, he's tired of hearing that there is only a fixed "pie" and that if his piece increases someone else's must necessarilly decrease. His theory is that if you can grow the size of the pie and convince those in power of your...
Help provide test cases Eugene Kuleshov has asked for examples of projects which make heavy use of generics. He has written about Using the ASM Toolkit for Bytecode Manipulation. He asks "We are doing some testing for ASM 2.0 API and need to capture as many variations of Java5 generics for our test cases. So, I was trying to find some kind of list of projects that are heavily using generics...
Re-examining keynotes In the December 2004 Communications of the ACM the association's president, David A Patterson wrote that statistics for ACM conferences show they are healthy. "I am concerned, however, about the overall impact of increasing workloads on program committees and conferences and the decreasing acceptance rates on authors, especially authors of papers focusing on big ideas or...
The promise of Java Beans Remember the idea that Java Beans would be like little components that we could wire together the way you wired electrical components together into circuits that would light lights and ring bells? I'm not talking about the developer centric components and the reusable libraries and frameworks. I'm talking about beans and something like the Bean Box on steroids that...
More on this year's JavaOne abstracts There's a scene in Field of Dreams where Kevin Costner has taken James Earl Jones to Fenway park to see a baseball game. As they stand in line at a food concession, Costner asks Jones, "what do you want?" Jones rails against fans that have hounded him for decades and says that he just wants to be left alone. "No, " Kostner says gesturing at the concession...
Doing Homework A friend sent me a link to this classic article on The Age of Homework. It served as a reminder of a couple of things. First, email, web pages, blogs, and other online technologies continue this push to keep our attention on things that are immediate and we sometimes lose track of what's important. This Tom Peters article was written eleven years ago. It's not that it's earth...
What do you believe is true? The World Question Center has asked scientists and science minded people What do you believe is true even though you can't prove it. As Alan Kay writes in his answer, "Guessing in science is done all the time, and the difference between what is real and what is true is not a big factor in the guessing stage, but makes all the difference epistemologically later in...
Throwing stuff away I spent some time last week writing a toy application that exercises the Apple Rendezvous Java APIs. This particular example is a tictactoe game. At one point I realized that most of the game logic isn't needed for the final version as it will mainly be used in a book I'm co-authoring with Rendezvous architect Stuart Cheshire. The code that makes the example a better...
"Avoid Crappy Abstracts" Casey Cameron has blogged with advice on How NOT to Have Your Talk Accepted for the JavaOne Conference . Judging by the email we got after last year's selections, many of you think the answer is: submit one. Casey feels your pain and is trying to help you craft your submission. She has asked the program committee for their advice and it came down to the following...