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Blog Archive for robogeek during August 2006

This old blog entry, Java vs. PHP?, is from last fall and talks about Marc Andreeson making a dire prediction of imminent death for Java because PHP was going to roast it alive. His claim is based on the vast quantity of PHP applications available (in the open source world?) and the scarcity of Java web applications (?in the open source?). Clearly there are many more PHP web applications than...
The other night I was in the grocery store, wearing one of my jackets that sports the Java-coffee-cup logo. The grocery bagger, all of 16 years old, suddenly looked at my jacket and started stammering a question along the lines "is that the thing in my phone"? Took me a minute to connect what he was asking, and then I said "yes" and explained Java is a programming language and one place it...
In Irritation and Open Source Java David Gilbert discusses something he thinks is an irritation about open source Java. Namely .. If, say, the Eclipse team were to: I wonder if the Eclipse Foundation could (if they wanted) fork Java by creating a runtime that is derived from Sun's code (and so runs all 1.5 / 1.6 applications just as well as "official" Java) but includes some compelling new...
In the latest Javaposse episode (Java Posse #078 - Listener Feedback) they identified me as "The dude in charge of open sourcing Java" ... (go :20.0 in the podcast) heh... That's shades of Brian Harry nominating me the dictator for life over Java. But, hey, it's not true. There's other people in charge of open sourcing Java SE, I'm simply involved with the process. So while I'm here, howzabout...
This article: IBM takes potshots at OpenSolaris has some interesting things to say about open source projects being more than the license that allows freedom. It's about the community that's built around the open source project. However I don't want to go into the specifics about IBM's characterisation of the Open Solaris community. At the end is a rather interesting quote: And making IBM's...
Okay, cool, we're finally making announcements about our open source plans. We have 'portal' page collecting the open sourcing information. We have a forum for your feedback on the open sourcing of Java SE. There is discussion from Mark Reinhold, Danny Coward, Simon Phipps, Tom Marble, and perhaps you might think my earlier blog posting might be included on that list. There are discussion...
Many thoughts bubbled up from listening to FLOSS Weekly 11: Guido van Rossum ... so here's a couple. First, they discussed the major complaint against Python, a complaint that has kept me from learning the language lo these many years since I first heard of it way back in the early 90's. Namely, it seems broken for a language to use white space as anything important like delineating "blocks"....
Here's an interesting question: How many of your Windows apps use the native Windows UI? (dzone.com)... Prashant Devi asks that question, in a moment of realization that almost none of the applications he uses daily use the standard Windows UI. To me this begs the question ... what value is the standard Windows UI if almost no application uses it? The story has been, for years, that users are...