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Blog Archive for robogeek during August 2007

In the wake of The Rise of JAVA - The Retirement of SUNW I thought something I discovered on osnews.com was more than interesting. (for the record, I hate this change, but after sleeping on it overnight I realized it's just a ticker symbol and has little real effect ... unless marketing decides to return to naming misappropriation such as Java Desktop System) Today is the 10th anniversary of...
I found a blog posting, Hidden dangers of code quality tools, discussing static analysis and code quality, using JDepend as their example. The point they make is that software quality metrics tools can give a false impression, unless you understand what you're looking at. They suggest it's better if you interpret the results of a code quality tool by understanding the context of your code, and...
A couple years ago I ran a contest asking y'all to find regression bugs in JDK6 (the project formerly known as Mustang) and while that was fun I'm glad I'm not involved in running this new contest we've launched. The new contest, Code For Freedom is really cool, and I'm excited to learn about it. But it's a six month contest and as I said I'm glad someone else is doing it... we're asking...
One of the questions/concerns about Java is, can a web site author assume that it's there? Part of the popularity of Flash or Javascript is it's in all browsers, but the belief is that Java probably is not installed. I happen to publish a popular non-technical website, and I think the traffic statistics on that site probably illustrate the capabilities of the average computer. I was just...
This is a thought that popped out of my mouth yesterday, and the more I think about it the truer it seems. "Source code isn't text, despite how much it looks like text". Simple text editors (/bin/ed) can edit source programs, so therefore source code must be text, right? er... What I'm thinking is - that the form we are accustomed to writing programs is simply a textual representation. Just...
On Javalobby Michael Urban asks Java: One Platform To Rule Them All? noting an article, Use Java to Improve Drupal's Scalability. In that article an exploration of running Drupal on the Java platform is done, and he is looking for greater scalability than the regular PHP platform offers. Drupal is a "content management system" written in PHP, and I happen to use Drupal as the basis for some web...
J2EE or JEE, Java 5 or Java 1.5 - Is SUN Crazy?.. Maybe we are crazy, who knows. But it's not unknown in the history of marketing to have product name changes for various purposes. At OSCON last week one presentation was an overview of branding, and the presenter discussed how GTE (General Telephone) had a horrible reputation in the 60's, they realized it would take a generation or more of good...