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Blog Archive for johnreynolds during July 2005

It has been a while since I have attended an Austin Java Users Group meeting, but since java.net luminary Eitan Suez was presenting, how could I miss it? The evening began with a presentation by Gregg Sporar on the Matisse layout tools that will appear in future releases of Netbeans. Funny how this topic came on the heels of recent blogs warning us to "Beware the GUI Builder"... I did not come...
Should we Beware the GUI Builder? I came across this Hacknot blog entry today, and thought I'd like throw in my own two cents worth on this topic... The following pretty much sums up the tone of the blog entry: "For the benefit of those who risk falling for the superficial appeal of GUI builder tools, this article will outline the major failings of this application genre." Hacknot goes on to...
I came across an announcement for IBM's Faces for Laszlo this morning. I haven't had time to delve into the details, but my impression is that they're "filling in" some of the missing Rich Internet Application pieces that I've wanted for a long time. My professional introduction to Java was through Applets and JSP pages. I needed browser components that were "snazzy" and "dynamic". In my case...
In response to an earlier blog entry, "zander" sent me a link to the downloadable copy of Eric Von Hippel's book Democratizing Innovation. This book is a great read for those of us who are wondering where Open Source may be leading us.
Back in 1973, a young Bill Gates was demonized for asking the following: "Who can afford to do professional work for nothing? What hobbyist can put 3-man years into programming, finding all bugs, documenting his product and distribute for free?" In 2005, Marc Fleury voiced a similar thought in a BusinessWeek interview: "No one is going to work for free." Marc elaborated on this in a later...
With Sun's decision to "Open Source" their Java EE app server, it's likely that all Java EE app servers will soon be free. JBoss, JOnAS, Geronimo and Sun's GlassFish are going to exert huge pressure on the holdouts IBM, BEA and Oracle. IBM and BEA are already formulating responses, as is witnessed by the announcements of IBM support and BEA support for Geronimo, but it's hard to believe that...
Janet Heiss's recent blog entry got me thinking about socially relevant technology.... First came the spell checker, then the grammar checker... We are way over due for the Rudeness CheckerTM. How many times have you grimaced when reading your own messages/blogs/emails/comments? From the dawn of email we've suffered from poor judgement or bad manners, but there's also quite a bit of...