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Blog Archive for daniel during May 2005

Note to companies targeting developers You can tell that tech is picking up somewhat because the swag at trade shows has been improving. This is a great place for me to pick up little things for my kids. They especially love the items that light up when you use them - pens, balls, yo yos, you name it. But I give these things to them and then I never see them again. I don't use or buy a...
The java.net gathering place at this year's JavaOne Something clicked for me at last week's java.net infrastructure meeting. All of a sudden I got excited about our plans for this year's JavaOne conference. For the most part we are a widely distributed group. At this year's show we're hoping that community leaders will make it easy for project leaders and project members to talk to each other...
Paul Graham on startups, nurturing good ideas and youth A cliche ridden commencement address will include some reference to commencement being a beginning and not an ending. Paul Graham doesn't wait until commencement to share his thoughts on the value that young people bring to the working world. He writes, "It's hard to judge the young because (a) they change rapidly, (b) there is great...
Deciding who gets to use code and how Your notion of what is good and evil probably differs from mine. Not at the extremes. There are probably things that most people can easily agree are one or the other. But there is a range of things in the middle on which we may differ. So if you have written software and released it, can you do so in such a way that you ensure I don't use it for what you...
Celebrating two milestones Today is the five-hundredth home page we've published for java.net. We're coming up to our second anniversary (we'll announce the annual picture contest tomorrow) in a month but I wanted to take a moment and do some rough estimates. Of course, the cool thing about the future is that there is always much more to be done than has been done already. We've posted one...
The Axis Object Model S. W. Eran Chinthaka has written a java.net feature article on Introducing AXIOM: The Axis Object Model. The article introduces the AXIOM architecture which "can be implemented using any programming language that has an implementation of StAX". You build "the XML object model in memory, according to the events pulled from the underlying StAX parser, but will not create...
Apache proposed project for Open Source, compatible J2SE Today there's a spring in my step. The future feels brighter for Java. I can't explain it. I was not militantly for or against open sourcing Java - and yet now that project Harmony has been proposed, I feel much more hopeful. At the end of the process there will be an Apache 2 licensed version of Java. As important as that is, I don't...
You don't have to build an iPod People's reactions are mixed when it comes to the iPod shuffle but one thing is clear - the device would not make any sense if it weren't designed to work with iTunes. iTunes is a solid desktop application that can be used by itself to play music from your CDs, make playlists, etc. But iTunes also works from the device to the server as well. The music you want to...
Thoughts at 05:05:05 on 05/05/05 PDoubleya posted a simple suggestion to my blog yesterday on Client apps. People don't "play" with Java because they have no playground. It's too much work to get little Java apps off the ground, they launch too slowly, everything is meant for a slow-paced design cycle. You want the excitement behind HTML/JS, Dashboard, VB, Hypercard--the enthusiasm that...
Showcasing Java So, continuing on Monday's rant, how do we get folks lined up around the block waiting for Mustang's release? I've been looking at Mac Tiger and wondering about the lessons there for the Java community. One of the things we're missing are showcase desktop applications. I know - you can name a dozen of them off the top of your head. How many of them are used by non-geeks? How...