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Blog Archive for joshy during November 2005

As some of you may know I'm a big Mac person. I split my time equally between my iBook (now heading back to the shop, alas) and my WinXP desktop. Being a dyed in the wool plain jane text editor type of programmer I've used jEdit for the past five years and have only recently started using an IDE like Netbeans. I've found Netbeans to a great productivity booster but on my iBook it seems to...
I don't normally post about non Java related tech stuff, but I thought I would mention this really cool new filesystem called ZFS. It's part of Open Solaris but will most likely be ported to other OSes soon enough. Even though it's made by my employer I hadn't ever heard of it until news started hitting the web a couple of days ago (Sun is a big company, after all). So what's so cool about it? It...
There's been a lot of talk lately about Web 2.0, and which technologies are going to take us there. We can debate the exact definition of Web 2.0, but I'd say a rough approximation would be an application which blurs the distinction between desktop apps and web apps. Many feel that the future is ultra-thin browser based client platforms like XUL or Ajax but I think that Java has a place, and...
More of Tuesday I forgot to mention a few other things about Tuesday (day 2 of Josh's asian oddessy). The first thing is dinner. I missed going out with Scott Violet and Hans Muller because Brian Beck and I had to attend the Peabody BoF. Afterwards Brian and I wandered the streets around the convention center in search of sustenance. Fortunately a key tenent of Tokyo building code appears to be...
I woke up this morning painfully early, 4:00, which, as anyone who knows me can say, is the time that people should be going to bed, not waking up. Until recently I didn't even know there was a 4:00 in the morning. Oh well, such is the cost of jetlag. Considering I'm 14 (or 10) hours different I think I'm adjusting pretty well. At night the skyline of Tokyo is simply amazing. During the day...
Last week I gave a presentation on Project Peabody for the Los Angeles Java Users Group, and I think it was well received. What's that? You've never heard of Project Peabody? That's okay. No one at the LA-JUG had heard of it either. We've only recently started using the name. Project Peabody is our community development project for new releases of Java; principally Mustang, aka: Java SE 6...
I'm spending today packing for my exciting trip to Japan this week. Yes, I managed to wrangle a trip to JavaOne Tokyo, where I will be speaking on Java 2D performance, Swing layout, and helping out with the Peabody booth. I have never been to Japan so this should be an interesting trip. I know that the far east is very different than Europe. When I went to Italy last year I could at least...