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Blog Archive for editor during July 2006

Returning to our normal schedule OK, I'm back home. Again. You probably didn't notice (because I pre-loaded the page Thursday night and pushed it Friday at 6AM), but I was AFK most of Friday because we did a one-day road trip to Nashville, becasue that's where they were holding auditions for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," which my four-year-old loves to mimic, and which my wife passed the...
Are we really tool-dependent? Let's face it: one of the most popular knocks against Java complexity, particularly EE's complexity, is the question of tools. Namely: is it wrong for something to be complex, if that complexity can be hidden or managed with tools? After all, once again we have EE complexity being bandied around as a fatal flaw in the article Analysts see Java EE dying in an SOA...
More on desktop direction Thanks again to Daniel Steinberg for handling yesterday's daily blog while I got the family from Traverse City back to Atlanta (drive drive drive, fly fly fly, drive drive drive). The combination of voices on this blog has worked surprisingly well for getting a rolling discussion going... maybe just a little at the party line's expense while Sun was on vacation last...
Finding bandwidth to push the page So I'm travelling in Northern Michigan and staying with my parents, who live about 10 miles from any chance of having DSL (don't even start with cable modems... their system is vintage 1993 technology, with no chance of ever being upgraded). This means that to push the page, I either have to read all the blogs, forums, and potential Java Today and news...
Why not rule the server and the client? OK, tying together some threads from this week... On Tuesday, Daniel Steinberg guest-blogged in this space and in a brief aside, he wondered aloud why Java DB was tossed into the JDK and not, say, Jini or JXTA. On Wednesday and Thursday, I suggested an implementation of JSR-80, the USB API, be added to the core, arguing this would improve device...
Compatibility when convenient? Despite Java's mission to knock down unneccessary borders, doesn't the official effort seem a little unambitious sometimes? Case in point: the Java Bug Parade. Right now, I've got USB on the brain because I'm editing an upcoming article on the topic (it may appear tomorrow - it depends how the morning goes). I decided to go refresh my bug/RFE votes for the...
Anyone travelling this summer? OK, apologies to everyone for whom this isn't summer, but in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the height of summer, and a lot of us are travelling. Especially in the U.S., where a national holiday on Tuesday gives a lot of people a four-day weekend... or just a whole week off, in some cases. Like in the case of Sun, which shuts down for the whole week, since so...