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Blog Archive for johnreynolds during January 2004

According to the published schedule, the final specification for JSR-207, Process Definition for Java (PD4J), will soon be released. If you haven’t followed the circus of Web Services standards for the last year or so, you may have missed the significance of PD4J to the Java universe. PD4J will introduce a standardized set of extensions to the J2EE platform that will make it easier to...
This week my team re-learned the debuggers' mantra: "What you think is improbable probably isn't as improbable as you thought.". A horrible performance problem cropped up in an upcoming release of our web-based product last Thursday. Each page of the application would take almost thirty seconds to load. This is not a good thing. Embarrassingly, this problem was hard to track down because we...
Data Abstractions are wonderful things, except when they aren't. A recent request from my QA team lead brought me to this not-so-stunning conclusion. The request was pretty simple: "Tell me which fields in our database correspond to the input fields on our HTML forms." This is a very reasonable request. My QA team wants to initialize our relational database with a specific data set, verify...