A common complaint about learning Derby is "I can't figure out where in the manuals it talks about how you do 'X'".
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.
I've been thinking about Google Gears. As I
mentioned, 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.
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.
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.
blogged about it today, and said it was an actual transcript. OMG!
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.
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.
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).
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).