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Blog Archive for n_alex during May 2004

One of the major themes at TechEd this year was how to increase productivity. The marketing slogan was "Do More With Less". Early on, I mentioned how Microsoft's Visual Studio tools give them an edge on the Java community. This isn't because Java can't have tools that are just as good as Visual Studio, but it's because the collected principles that lead to the development of those tools aren't...
Open standards allow multiple vendors to offer their own implementation of valuable technologies. The Sun and JCP open standards are particularly good at helping small vendors participate in the technology market. Competition makes software cheaper, forcing the vendors to improve the quality of their products and services. Open standards also lower the risk for the end users by at least...
I don't know exactly what I was expecting from Steve Ballmer's keynote address this morning. I've never seen the man speak before, or heard his voice. In fact, I haven't even seen a photograph of him that wasn't a decade old. What I did not expect was for Mr. Ballmer to have somehow transformed into a spitting image of my former Governor, Jesse Ventura. They look alike. They speak alike....
I must admit, it was a little odd being a Java guy walking into a room full of .NET User Group Leaders from all around the country. The abundance of caffeine and general rowdiness of the 75 member crowd helped ease tensions somewhat, and while I got my bearings I took careful note of the group, its dynamic and the subject matter they were covering. What I found was equal parts encouraging and...
This is pure speculation on my part, but what if Macromedia were to assemble a community-driven process based on the JCP that they could use to extend the Shockwave platform and give companies and individuals around the world a chance to have a voice in the matter? It strikes me that Macromedia could do the same thing with Shockwave that Sun has done with Java. If they did, I have a feeling that...
Why on earth would I choose TechEd over JavaOne? Well, I didn't exactly choose TechEd. It chose me. Or, rather, Microsoft did. They've invited me to come to the TechEd conference as their guest and as a community-minded Java evangelist sort of guy. Who could resist generosity like that? I think the Microsoft folks are hoping I'll find something on their side of the fence worth writing home...
"When a scientist says something is possible, they're probably underestimating how long it will take. But if they say it's impossible, they're probably wrong" --Nobel Prize Winner Richard Smalley. In this case they're definitely wrong. Four years ago, while working for marchFIRST, I helped build a Flash-XML-Java driven site for building and configuring skinnable rich media blog sites. We built...