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David Van Couvering

David Van Couvering has spent his engineering career crossing the bridge between databases and the middle tier world of application servers, Java and distributed systems. He was the original architect for the Sybase J2EE application server and for the first release of the clustered Sun Java Application Server Enterprise Edition. Currently he is involved in database technology at Sun, working with the Clustra team in Norway, and is a committer to the Apache Derby open source database. He lives in Berkeley and his favorite pasttimes are coding, meditation and spending time with his daughter.


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Searching the Derby Manuals

Posted by davidvc on June 15, 2007 at 10:33 AM PDT

A common complaint about learning Derby is "I can't figure out where in the manuals it talks about how you do 'X'".

Has Google let the genie out of the bottle?

Posted by davidvc on June 14, 2007 at 12:40 PM PDT

I think we all know this: Google Loves Data. They want all of our data, every last bit of it. They live for data. They want to touch it, caress it, sift it, search it, organize it, categorize it, and monetize it. They are building data center after data center to store and serve it all.

Let's just assume I'm right here.

Some thoughts about Google Gears

Posted by davidvc on June 14, 2007 at 12:24 PM PDT

I've been thinking about Google Gears. As I
, I think it's a pretty solid technology and solves a real problem in a real way (and it doesn't hurt that it comes from Google and is open source with a BSD license).

But it all depends on where you are coming from.

Gems from Database Users

Posted by davidvc on June 5, 2007 at 12:12 PM PDT

A number of folks responded (some in comments) to my request for folks interested in participating in a series of interviews.

A few of the responses were so funny/delightful that I have to share them here.

Talking Engineerese

Posted by davidvc on June 5, 2007 at 12:11 PM PDT

I was talking with my brother on IM last night and he complained about sotware engineers. He showed me a conversation between himself and an engineer. I thought it was a made-up joke dialog, to make his point.

But he
blogged about it today
, and said it was an actual transcript. OMG!

Looking for a few good datbase users

Posted by davidvc on June 1, 2007 at 10:11 PM PDT

As Sun's architect for databases in NetBeans, one of my responsibilities is to lead the charge in figuring out what we should be doing in upcoming releases of NetBeans for database tooling.

Now, those of us in NetBeans have our own ideas and favorite features. But to be honest, we are not actually building database apps here. We're building an IDE.

Oh, Come On, You Never Go Offline

Posted by davidvc on June 1, 2007 at 9:40 PM PDT

I keep hearing this from the technorati: why is everyone so worried about offline? We're always online, and if we're not, we soon will be.

Google Gears - The Giant Speaks

Posted by davidvc on May 31, 2007 at 12:28 PM PDT

By now most of you have heard about Google Gears. Yes, I heard about it too. I actually tried installing it into Firefox on my Mac, I wanted to try Google Reader offline. But it just is not working for me. First of all Google Reader keeps telling me I have lost the connection when I haven't (or probably did for a microsecond).

Ethan Nicholas Walks the Walk

Posted by davidvc on May 24, 2007 at 9:18 PM PDT

I remember noticing when Ethan Nicholas said
he was coming over to Sun from Yahoo!
whining about the issues with Java on the desktop
and proposing some solutions.

Meet the new life, just like the old life

Posted by davidvc on May 23, 2007 at 12:02 PM PDT

Michael Arrington talks about the dark side of Second Life
. Some of what he talks about is sad and ugly (such as issues around virtual rape and pedophilia).