I've been following Brian Leonard's recent entries on JRuby/Ruby/Rails integration in the latest NetBeans milestone release. In my own tinkering to solidify what I've learned from Brian, I've found that there are a couple of showstoppers that will prevent me from using this suite for serious Rails development, for now at least.
(to the tune of "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island", by George Wyle and Sherwood Schwartz)
click this link and you'll read a tale,
A tale of a fateful slip
For Java geeks who went to work aboard an old cruise ship.
I think it's time we made the painful admission that Sun is no longer the 800-pound gorilla of the Java world. It's not even a gorilla. It's a 90-pound chimp, dancing around just beyond the reach of the 800-pound gorilla, waiting for it to drop the Java bone and hoping there's still some meat left on it when it does.
So who is the reigning 800-pound gorilla?
I recently ran across this article on the Wikipedia. It's about the game of Advanced Chess, said to have been invented by the Grandmaster Garry Kasparov. The game is still chess, but it is played in teams; each team consists of a human partnered with a chess-playing computer program, playing against another team of like composition.
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.
It's a newbie-full day in the blogosphere,
A newbie-full day for a blogger,
Here's a new blog.
Read my new blog.
It's a blogger-y day in this newbie-sphere,
A blogger-y day for a newbie.
Click my trackback,
Check my feedback.
I have always wanted to be a blogger
Just like you.
I've always wanted to play in the blogosphere
At the Rocky Mountain Software Symposium this past weekend, a few of the presenters took the time to gauge audience reaction to their topics by asking questions like, "What do you think of this?", and "What's keeping you from using [insert technology name here]?".
Me: Hi, my name is David, and I've been a professional Java programmer for four years.
Everyone: Hi, David.
Yes, it was just a little over four years ago that I made the jump from the legacy mainframe world into the magical world of Java and the Internet.
You gotta love IBM. First they open-source the Eclipse project. You can say what you like about SWT vs. AWT; in my book, Free + Open + Highly Functional == A Good Thing.