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Blog Archive for malcolmdavis during September 2004

When first starting Java, many developers are easily overwhelmed with the enormous options between development environments, technology, and implementations. Should a developer use the reference implementation (RI), open source, or commercial products? With new open source projects popping up all the time, the decisions become more difficult everyday. In Anti-Pattern - The Swiss Army Effect,...
I was recently asked to compare C#/dotNET to Java/J2EE. I began by thinking in terms of features, products, technologies, and then I realized that C# and Java isn't a battle over features, it is over mindsets. When sitting at the company's workstation, the developer is faced with 2 opposing mindsets: 1. Accepting the tools that are provided on the desktop as the norm. 2. Constantly...
Not too long ago, I worked for a large IT shop that required their employees to wear an electronic leash called a BlackBerry. At all hours of the day, day or night, the customer, the manager or other developers could contact me. This form of instant communication lead to constant fire drills and little "flow time". "Flow State is a relaxed state of total immersion in a problem that...