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Blog Archive for editor during March 2010

Terrence Barr provides an embedded Java update in his most recent blog post, leading off with the soon-to-be-released GuruPlug. The GuruPlug offers a 1.2 GHz ARM processor with 512 MB DRAM, 512 MB Flash memory/drive, Ethernet, WiFi, 2 USB ports, Bluetooth, GPIO, and Linux 2.6. It's a little box (about 5 x 2.5 x 8 cm) that draws under 5 Watts of power (just for reference, I'm writing this on a...
Dustin Marx fears that he may suffer from some mild phobias (fear of crowds and sermons -- and perhaps the fear of being phobic?) -- but, to Dustin, the relatively common fear of SQL that he observes in the software development community seems quite irrational. So he says, in his latest software development cogitation, Sqlphobia: The Irrational Fear of SQL: The Phobia List provides an...
Episodes 45 through 55 on the GlassFish Podcast Blog present content from December's Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference. Last week, I listened to and wrote about Linda DeMichiel's presentation on Java Persistence 2.0 (Episode 51 in the GF Podcast Blog). Clearly, there's still a lot more listening and writing for me to do! When you download the GlassFish Virtual Conference slides (Sun...
This past week's java.net poll presented a list of statements related to Java EE, and asked people to select which statement they agree with most. The results suggest that many developers consider Java EE complicated, but Java EE 6 is considered a major improvement in terms of ease of use. A total of 379 votes were cast. The exact question and results were: Which Java EE statement do you agree...
In my 30+ years in the software engineering industry, I've made most of my money developing software that is used by scientists, and also engineers who build instruments that have some sort of utility for scientific research. So, I was quite interested when the owner of the UAMath project contacted me, filling me in on some of the capabilities of this interesting java.net open source project....
I wasn't able to attend the March 19 Oracle Technology Network TechCast (Java EE 6 Roundup with Roberto Chinnici) when it happened -- but it's now online, so I watched it this morning. The brief summary for the TechCast is: One of the key engineers in the Java EE 6 effort explains the latest developments about profiles, annotations, APIs, extensibility, and pruning - as well as how the JEE 6...
Early in my software engineering career, I had several consulting positions working for fairly large companies where much of the work involved writing code to generate structured reports, or modifying existing software to customize reports that came with software the company had purchased or developed on their own. For large companies especially, back then (in the early 1980s), reports were a...
This week's java.net Spotlight is GlassFish Podcast Episode #051 - Java Persistence 2.0 (JPA) by Linda DeMichiel. You'll probably want to download the GlassFish Virtual Conference Slides (Sun Online Account registration is required) and open up Session7Java_Persistence_2_0.pdf -- these are the slides Linda DeMichiel presented in the GlassFish Virtual Conference, which took place on December 15,...
The results of this past week's java.net poll suggest that the global economic recovery has a long way to go before most software engineers will feel like the job market has returned to normal -- but, maybe we're past the bottom, or at least at the bottom (things won't get any worse?). A total of 295 votes were cast in the poll. Here's the exact question and the results: Is the software...
We've just published a new article by Java Champion Bruce Hopkins, Getting Started with Java and SQLite on Blackberry OS 5.0. I've long thought about how "computers" are "disappearing" into devices -- just as 100 years ago, that great new technology, the motor, also began to "disappear" into devices that were powered by motors. The general public doesn't consider a smart phone (or even a "dumb"...