"Every person here is special." -- John Gage, Chief Researcher of the Science Office, Sun Micrososystems
"Java Loves You!" -- oversized walking coffee mug outside convention center
Aside from the nice warm fuzzy feelings from these and other statements made during the first day at JavaOne, Sun also announced that they have made up with IBM.
So I've learned that I'm not so good at keeping a blog going, which is surprising since, in person, I can ramble on quite a bit: see an example of my rambling in a recent interview for TheServerSide linked from http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=28806.
When an ISV tries to sell a new piece of software, they are likely to be asked whether the product is based on "standards". I'd like to explore what qualifies as a standard in a customer's mind. To do this, I'll answer the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of standards as concisely as possible (although, not in that order).