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Blog Archive for editor during December 2005

Your editors make an appearance Your editors, meaning Chris Adamson (me) and Daniel Steinberg (him), will be at ApacheCon 2005 in San Diego next week. We're mostly there to find out what's up with Jakarta, Harmony (wow, that's been quiet lately), and the many other Java-related activities in the Apache sphere. We're also really interested in meeting people and getting a sense of what...
A look at the huge stack of JavaOne proposals Think it's hard to write up and submit a JavaOne session proposal? Try reading a few of them. In fact, imagine reading nearly 1,400 of them. That's the task facing Annette Vernon and the JavaOne team. In her blog JavaOne Excitement Is In the Air, she writes about the deadline deluge of propsals: The Call for Papers opened on November 1, 2005....
Why Java developers should understand Rails The Book Club's discussion of Beyond Java has reached Chapter 7, in which author Bruce Tate has dedicated an entire chapter to Ruby on Rails? But why? Why is this being offered to a Java audience? Why should Rails be on the Java developer's radar? Tate explains this in the beginning of Chapter 7, saying that the advantages of Rails are too...
What does thought feel like? Max Goff's ambitious artificial intelligence series concludes today, in our Feature Article, The Artisan and the Artilect, Part 3. Having considered questions of teleology (purpose and direction) and epistemology (assumptions and world view), he turns his attention to consciousness. What is it? How does it come about? How would it be replicated? The question...
How to tell when someone is "thinking in Java" Use a language long enough and you'll adjust your thinking to it. For a very brief time in high school, I paid enough attention to French class that I believed I could think in French for short periods -- I specifically remember one time in English class taking a note in French because there was a shorter way to express something in French than...
Years later, they finally "get" Jini Jini continues to be adored by a small crowd that "gets it", and ignored by many people who seem determined to reinvent about half of it (and not well). So let's reset for a minute: Jini is not about networking your refrigerator and your toaster oven. Just thought that needed to be restated, because so much of the initial Jini hype was about small...
Working through e-mail troubles You may have noticed intermittent problems with java.net email over the last couple of months. Those of us who work on the site every day certainly have. The folks at CollabNet are working hard to address the problem but unfortunately it's not a "flip a switch and everyone's happy" scenario. Kohsuke Kawaguchi has been keeping an eye on the situation....