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Calvin Austin

Calvin Austin is chief architect and director of engineering at He previously led the J2SE 5.0 release at Sun Microsystems and also led Sun's Java on Linux port.


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OSCON conference

Posted by calvinaustin on August 2, 2005 at 9:39 AM PDT

If you look really hard at, no keep scrolling down and down, you will see that OSCON is this week in Portland, Oregon.

A Free Java Testing Tool and Open Source Business Readiness Model

Posted by calvinaustin on August 1, 2005 at 9:17 AM PDT

We launched two new free open source projects over the weekend. The first is a simple automatic Java boundary testing tool, called Testgen4J

Although the enterprise market has a choice of full functioning Java test generation tools there is little to none for the open source community.

What do Developers Want?

Posted by calvinaustin on June 23, 2005 at 11:36 PM PDT

Over on the O'Reilly website, our CTO Murugan wrote an article based on a developer survey we took at our company, spikesource.

Open Source IDE shootout

Posted by calvinaustin on June 7, 2005 at 11:35 PM PDT

I've been working on a JDJ article comparing the latest releases of eclipse and netbeans. I knew both were obviously close to releasing significant updates but it crazy to see yet another round of public discussions about SWT and Swing.

For all the hot air, both products and teams are more alike than they are different.

Free event at my place (Bay Area)

Posted by calvinaustin on May 25, 2005 at 2:36 PM PDT

So you want something for free? Come along to the SpikeSource TestFest in the San Francisco Bay Area on 17th June and put your Java and (non-Java) code to the test... literally.

Checkout the website,

for registration and further details.

Harmony - Friend or Foe

Posted by calvinaustin on May 18, 2005 at 10:08 AM PDT

I've received numerous emails asking me about my thoughts on the apache Harmony project and what does it really mean. It seems like everyone else has had their 2 cents so here is mine.

Now, not to keep you in suspense, yes, I believe it is a good thing.

Is this the end of J2EE?

Posted by calvinaustin on May 13, 2005 at 1:20 PM PDT

You need to be subscribed to JDJ to read this or wait for the print copy.

Did Java do this first?

Posted by calvinaustin on May 9, 2005 at 10:30 AM PDT

I recently submitted a bug through the Jira bug tracking software and I noticed a reference to bug voting. hmm bug voting, I remember that. It is also in bugzilla too, I trawled through the history of bugzilla voting and it mentions revzilla but even that doesn't extend that far back. I googled for more but drew a blank.

So where did this all come from?

Java: What does the future hold?

Posted by calvinaustin on April 11, 2005 at 9:47 AM PDT

After looking back 10 years in Java's history, this month I look forward to see what plans Sun has made. Even though Open Source Java may not be on the cards I do have one recommendation that is due its time. Find out more at JDJ

How to save time deploying Java apps

Posted by calvinaustin on April 5, 2005 at 2:08 PM PDT

One of the most challenging but important things that the Java platform does is to abstract the OS specific and incompatible issues away from the developer as much as possible.

In building the JDK at Sun we had to resort to many tricks to generate one binary that would work on as many platforms as possible.