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Blog Archive for eitan during May 2005

I've been pleansantly surprised to discover how strong of a bond my JUG affiliation has turned out to be. I have to refrain from the desire to call our community a clan. :-) I feel fortunate to have had the chance to visit various JUG communities in the USA, thanks to my participation in the 'No Fluff Just Stuff' conferences this year. Being a member of the java.net JUGs community has been...
i'm sitting at the terminal of the denver airport, another nfjs weekend behind me. as usual, i'm never let down by these conferences. i get a boost of energy from standing in front of and interacting with my peers. it's fun to hang around people who can understand you when you speak. this reminds me of three things: 1. a lunch meeting in dallas with my good friend glenn vanderburg and my...
so the world's getting smaller and time's being squeezed, and we all feel like we're a few hundred internet years' old. things don't seem to let up either. the topic of this blog entry is the amazingly short amount of time it took for google mail to become the new defacto email client for the world. only yesterday everyone was using yahoo. now the new game is gmail. forget 'around the world...
one of the talks i give on the nfjs symposium is "xml data binding with [dennis sosnoski's most excellent] jibx." well, i've come to the conclusion that i'm tired of repeatedly saying 'xml data binding.' it's a mouthful, it takes too long, and it doesn't help much when i try to relate xml data binding to database data binding.. i mean: o/r mapping. so i've just decided that o/x mapping's the...
i've been procrastinating learning IDEA for weeks now. the truth is i didn't really have any pressure to. i've been using eclipse 3 since 3 was in M2 i think and that environment was cozy and familiar and productive. well now that i've upgraded my mac to "tiger" and that for some strange reason eclipse is basically hosed..the pressure finally arrived. all the talks i give at nfjs conferences...
extreme programming tells us: don't waste your time building features that you don't even know yet you're going to need that's so true and many of us have in the past been bit by this tendency to try to forecast a need. however, i find that one can look at software application development in general and come up with a list of infrastructural tasks that are performed repeatedly and...
in april, i had the pleasure of being invited to speak to the denver and boulder java users groups (colorado). being active in my local jug in austin (texas), the experience was a familiar one. to put it plainly: it was a blast. for the last three to four years i've been a regular attendee of my jug. that last tuesday of the month when the jug meets has come to be known in my household as my...
i've been meaning to write about my impressions/experiences with hibernate for a while now. for some reason i've been putting it off..until now. i've been using hibernate for maybe a little over year. i'm still using the latest 2.x implementation (i haven't yet had/taken the time to migrate to v3.x). in reflecting about hibernate over this period of time, a number of its characteristics have...
One movie that made a strong impression on me was the classic "Amadeus." Salieri, one of the main characters and a contemporary of Mozart, is often depicted (like most of us mere mortals are) as someone who can compose music but is nowhere near as quick or talented as Mozart. There's a specific scene where Salieri is composing music, one small step at a time (one note at a time!) and derives...
~ 12 hours ago i upgraded to macosx v10.4. here are my first impressions.. terminal/shell i/o is faster eclipse editor is faster eclipse command completion mysteriously works now. i mean, it worked before but half the time it would complete something entirely erroneous; not anymore! (that used to be the most annoying thing for me. i didn't expect the upgrade to fix that. i can't tell you...