It's JavaOne 2005, Monday afternoon, and I'm drifting around Sun's
booths on the tradeshow floor. Moscone's meeting halls are two
stories tall and underground; it's a basement palace. The cavernous
space used by the tradeshow Pavillion must be a quarter of a mile long
and a hundred feet high and it's abundantly and artificially lit.
It's like being in an aircraft hanger that's inexplicably...
I was in a technical meeting recently, with about a dozen developers,
and the discussion topic turned to AJAX. We were seated at tables in
the usual presenter-in-the-center horsehoe configuration. Each
participant was ensconced in a defensive posture, behind a big laptop.
The tenor of technical meetings has changed over the years, thanks to
technology. Complex adjustable office chairs...