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Ben Christen

Ben Christen is the Advanced Projects Tech Lead for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online. He has been using Java since 2000 and after 6 years still can't believe that spending the day at a theme park is a legitimate part of his job.

 

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Play Java Security Jeopardy

Posted by benchristen on May 19, 2006 at 2:14 PM PDT

Brian Chess's JavaOne talk (TS-1660, "Twelve Javaâ„¢ Technology Security Traps and How to Avoid Them") was a great, fun, interactive presentation that you can play at home.

My lunch table survey of the best JavaOne sessions

Posted by benchristen on May 19, 2006 at 12:26 PM PDT

I surveyed my lunch table to find out what JavaOne sessions were the best! Ok, sure, it was just one table out of a thousand . . . but, onto the results!

drumroll please . . .

My lunch table survey of the best JavaOne sessions

Posted by benchristen on May 19, 2006 at 12:26 PM PDT

I surveyed my lunch table to find out what JavaOne sessions were the best! Ok, sure, it was just one table out of a thousand . . . but, onto the results!

drumroll please . . .

Choose your data access wisely

Posted by benchristen on May 19, 2006 at 9:30 AM PDT

One of my lessons-learned from JavaOne is the importance of choosing the right data access. I try to preach using the right tool for the right job and didn't realize that in my mind I had made Hibernate the choice for all data access.

Two talks by Cameron Purdy helped me expose my inner-hypocrisy.

Beware the Enterprise abduction of POJOs, REST and AJAX

Posted by benchristen on May 19, 2006 at 1:59 AM PDT

POJOs, REST, AJAX. These acronyms are big buzz words -- and buzz is good, it brings needed exposure -- but, I fear too much hype will bring lack of understanding.

Where are all the Java Web Frameworks at JavaOne?

Posted by benchristen on May 19, 2006 at 1:22 AM PDT

Spring, Struts, Webwork, Tiles, Velocity . . . the list goes on! There are so many choices for Java Web Frameworks, but none are really at JavaOne. What happened?

IBM Eclipse Iterative Project Cycle

Posted by benchristen on May 19, 2006 at 12:42 AM PDT

Part of the excitement of JavaOne is seeing our celebrities in person! Erich Gamma and John Wiegand presented the Eclipse team project cycle and provided a great view into this iterative process. It's a must watch! View the webcast files.

Java™ Technology and REST: Implementing the Atom Protocol -- Quick Review and Summary

Posted by benchristen on May 19, 2006 at 12:27 AM PDT

Dave Johnson gave a great talk Tuesday at JavaOne (TS-1756 - Java™ Technology and REST: Implementing the Atom Protocol). I've been a fan of his roller weblogger for a few years (it's the best option for hosting your own multiple blog server) and it was great to hear him speak and to put a face to the blog server.

AJAX is now Enterprise

Posted by benchristen on May 17, 2006 at 1:01 PM PDT

The latest version of the Java Pet Store Reference Application includes AJAX. This allows enterprise java developers to ease into the AJAX world via an existing comfort zone -- the Java Pet Store.