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Airlan San Juan

Airlan San Juan has been programming in Java since 1996, when he first tried out some applets and learned to love the Duke. He has not wavered in his simple but deep love for this language and platform since that time. He does mostly server-side JEE programming, but has recently made the jump to pervasive Java development in his work for RimLife Technologies. He has a Masters Degree in Plant Molecular Biology and wields an MBA when things get really rough. He also likes aroid plants, leafcutter ants, tropical climes, and his wife - not necessarily in that order.


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My Ode to Opera Mini 4

Posted by asj2006 on June 20, 2007 at 1:07 AM PDT

The Beta version of Opera Mini 4 released today, and I gave it a test drive.

First of all, let me say that I've always liked this Java ME mobile browser, mainly because it gave you full web pages at an amazing speed, so much so that the native browser on my smartphone has very rarely been taken out for a ride on the old WWW.

Are Java desktop developers giving Java a bad name?

Posted by asj2006 on June 6, 2007 at 1:53 AM PDT

Unfortunately, I'm not kidding.

BD-Java's Liar's Dice in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Posted by asj2006 on May 31, 2007 at 1:58 AM PDT

There are only very few mass produced consumer products that can lay claim to being true works of art, and Disney's two new entries to the Blu-ray arena, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, may represent the best that high-definition discs today can offer, and as such can be said to have crossed the line into

Microsoft looks beyond the PC and sees Deja Vu

Posted by asj2006 on May 16, 2007 at 1:45 AM PDT

I was watching Triumph of the Nerds earlier today because of my renewed interest in computer history after me and my wife visited the Museum of Computing History in California after JavaOne 2007.

Fast-loading "Consumer JRE" == CDC?

Posted by asj2006 on May 16, 2007 at 1:30 AM PDT

The current poll asks people what was the most important announcement from the JavaOne 2007 general sessions, and the runaway winner of the poll seems to be the hints that Sun intends to introduce a Fast-loading "Consumer JRE". Now, wouldn't it be funny if this is based on Java ME's CDC?

The highlights of the Java TV sessions

Posted by asj2006 on May 11, 2007 at 2:04 AM PDT

Before I lay me down to sleep, here are some of the top items I thought were discussed in the Java Entertainment sessions (Blu-ray's BD-J and OCAP/cable Java):

  • OCAP development (developing Xlet apps for cable) is just as interesting as Blu-ray BD-J

    development, albeit perhaps less "glamorous", but probably more lucrative in the


I'm Mobile and Blu at JavaOne

Posted by asj2006 on May 4, 2007 at 1:40 AM PDT

Contrary to what server-side jockeys would have you perceive, or what Swing and SWT proponents would like to believe, the action at JavaOne is most furious in those fields that value the small and simple.

I'll be flying in on Wednesday and will be attending the TV Track, which features sessions and talks on Blu-ray (

Java midlet shepherds to my PS3 and aroids

Posted by asj2006 on May 3, 2007 at 7:45 AM PDT

Letting your Java app monitor your HOT
playstation 3 and even your beloved plants is easy to do when you have
alert midlets to shepherd the way.

Let your Java app "feel the rain" on its skin

Posted by asj2006 on April 24, 2007 at 1:03 AM PDT

Your journey begins with the task of gently introducing your Java applications to the realities of the physical world, an area that normally exists beyond the confines of the limited and rather myopic worldview of the typical Java midlet.

Postcards from the edge of Javaland

Posted by asj2006 on April 11, 2007 at 1:25 AM PDT

I could hear the crickets chirping, or at least the hum of the air conditioner fans as they strove to cool the bodies of several hundred enthusiastic and jumpy Java developers crammed into an auditorium of's New York City office.