Global Education and Learning
Although I've been a core developer for a significant part of my career, I do often come in contact with the business-types who drone on about requirements while the eager-to-please IT shop keeps saying yes to even the most unfathomable requests. After all the yes's have been nodded and all the necessary hands shaken, the Project Manager brings a steep pile of 8.5 x 11's to the developers along...
on Nov 8, 2005
Once again, a fine crop of great projects in the Global Education and Learning Community. This time we have some normal fare for our community in terms of math with Algebra and Path Planning plus study aids and teacher aids with a Study Buddy and an Open Gradebook. We also have a student working on a programming assignment, an educational web site, and an online exam.
But this time we also...
on Oct 6, 2005
I've been to quite a few conferences and symposiums lately, and I must say that JavaZone 2005 was one of the best. It had the right mix of in-depth talks, range, great attendees, and a smattering of vendors and exhibits. It also had a classy feel, which I'm always fond of :-). Topics included Spring, JSF, Ajax, SOA, EJBs, design and management areas, and more. The selection of speakers was top-...
on Sep 27, 2005
After I wrote about the JavaCast being discontinued, Dick Wall got in contact to tell me about a new Java podcast that he was putting together with a couple of other people - Tor Norbye and Carl Quinn. This is excellent news and an initial podcast has been released, featuring an interview with Rob Hardwood from JetBrains.
As of today, I noticed that you can subscribe to The Java Posse via...
on Sep 26, 2005
Having just come back from holiday, I fired up iTunes hoping to get a new JavaCast that I could listen to on the way to work. If you've not heard of it before, the JavaCast was a podcast dedicated to news and views within the Java industry. I say "was" because after only a few episodes, the JavaCast has been discontinued. On the whole the JavaCast was pretty good. Released on a weekly basis, it...
on Sep 19, 2005
The Global Education and Learning Community continues to grow. Again we have a wide range from student-based exploration, teaching tools, Chinese language learning to an innovative healthcare application. The projects are from around the world and include Viet Nam, USA, China, and Brazil. Here are summaries of each of the projects. Click the link below to read more on the details from each of...
on Sep 7, 2005
Greg Barton has created what I think is the first project in the GELC and possibly in all of Java.net that might be the first Java software you would find in the art classroom. Conceived by a professional artist and a very smart Java developer, this open source and non-commercial application is available to anyone that wants to use it. This software could make its way to your local high school...
on Aug 11, 2005
As I mentioned in an earlier post, at JavaOne this year I'll be presenting a Birds-of-the-Feather session on Monday night (June 27th) at 9:30pm, entitled "The JavaServer Faces Ecosystem". I'll be talking about who the players, products, and organizations involved in the JSF community are, what they are doing, and how the community is growing. (You can view a detailed description at the JavaOne...
on Jun 25, 2005
Project Graduation and Project Spotlight Interview with John Reynolds, project owner of TapestryWebcomponentExamples
One of the cool things about the Global education and Learning Community (GELC) is that we promote education of developers by fellow developers. In this case, John Reynolds, project owner of TapestryWebcomponentExamples, has offered up his time to manage examples concentrating...
on May 23, 2005
Project Spotlight Interview with Ahmet Akin of project Zemberek.
Project Name: Zemberek
Summary: Turkish NLP library and Open Office Turkish Spellchecker Plugin
Owner Names: Ahmet Akin & Mehmet Dundar AKIN
City: Hato Rey, San Juan
Country: Puerto Rico
Tell us a little about yourself. I am 31 years old and originally an Electronics and Communications engineer. I worked in very...
on May 14, 2005
Have you ever wished there was real focus on open source at JavaOne? Well, we have heard the call and are putting open source on stage all week long at JavaOne. Every day in the JavaOne Pavilion we are running mini talks on projects in the java.net community. The talks will be about 20 minutes long and run throughout the day. We will have a plasma display and seating for the audience in what is...
on May 13, 2005
We have another crop of new projects in in the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC). This week we have a system to publish theses, a Bliki written in Java, a Java Exam simulator, masters thesis investigating an agent-based privacy directive, a recorder that watches you work and listens to your speech, a compression database, language parser, and a purchase calculator. Take a look at...
on Apr 29, 2005
I came across a disturbing factoid this morning: "U.S. students earlier this month made their worst showing in the 29-year history of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest."
By pure coincidence, I had a chat last week with a friend who is an adjunct professor at a well known university. For some reason the topic drifted towards discussing the relevancy of computer science...
on Apr 19, 2005
Mike Clark is on to something. If you know Mike, this won't come as a surprise to you. If you don't know Mike, you should start reading his blog, and this entry in particular. Go ahead and take a look at it now. I'll wait.
Yes, I know he's talking about Ruby, as well as unit testing, two topics that are pretty much guaranteed to raise the ire of some of the regulars on this site. After all, we'...
on Mar 30, 2005
I came across
Robocode a few years ago and was instantly delighted. On first glance, Robocode is an arcade game. Robot tanks roam a virtual battlefield in search of combat and blasting away at any opponent that they encounter. Unlike traditional arcade games, the "player" is not in direct control of his weapons; the tanks are autonomous, controlled only by the event-driven algorithms written (...
on Mar 21, 2005
Project Jatse, owned by Eric Brown-Munoz is an open source (Lesser General Public License) set of tools for teaching, learning and playing with algebra. The goal is to provide a broad range of symbolic algebra functionality that is missing in the open source community.
This project is targeted at the mathematics used in high school, although these classes can be extended to cover either...
on Mar 6, 2005
We have four new projects in the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC). This time we have a prompter system for English and Turkish, healthcare framework, a simulation of Unix, and a remote desktop controller for a J2ME cell phone. Take a look at the descriptions below and click on the links to join these projects and help out.
BelletMen - An English-Turkish Prompter System...
on Mar 6, 2005
Larry has been with the Sun Education team as the Global Group Manager for Primary/Secondary Education for the past few years, and I am excited that he will bring his expertise to drive the ongoing development of the GELC.
As Global Group Manager for Primary/Secondary Education, Larry was responsbible for Sun's K-12 strategy and solution partnerships. In this capacity he and his team managed...
on Jan 31, 2005
The Global Education and Learning Community welcomes more great projects. This time we have
Take a look at these great new projects and join them if you can help them out.
A toolkit for producing educational simulations.
The JeLSIM toolkit facilitates the creation of educational simulations. The process of creating a...
on Jan 31, 2005
I meant to get this one out earlier but I got distracted with getting our
JDLs and TCKs
out and I forgot. Tomorrow [Wednesday (Dec 15th) at 10 am PT (GMT - 8)] Anita and Ramesh are giving a free webinar at
JavaOne Online. You can register from the link at JavaOne Online,
or directly at this
link (if I got the URL right).
I rediscovered JavaOne Online a few months ago, and I think it is...
on Dec 14, 2004