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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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Multi-gig databases in Java DB? You Betcha

Posted by davidvc on February 26, 2007 at 3:46 PM PST

Working in NetBeans, I have noticed that Java DB is incredibly solid:
it Just Works.

FON fun

Posted by davidvc on February 23, 2007 at 9:55 PM PST

Thanks to a tip from Simon, I was able to get in on the deal to get a free FON wireless router.

What is FON, you may ask? Well, it's kind of like a home exchange for network access points.

Now that's a PowerPoint Presentation

Posted by davidvc on February 22, 2007 at 12:57 PM PST

This was shown to all of us by Jim Bisso at our Visual Web engineering meeting today. An excellent parody of PowerPoint marketing, and great in it's own right.

As If Keeping Up Wasn't Hard Enough: Enter Parallelism

Posted by davidvc on February 20, 2007 at 11:53 AM PST

I should have seen it coming. The company I work for is putting a lot of energy behind multi-core CPUs. Scaling on multi-core chips is becoming more and more important. But do I think about building a program so that it is highly parallel? No.

The Web as a Database?

Posted by davidvc on February 14, 2007 at 8:39 PM PST

Alex Iskold talks about how Yahoo! Pipes enables us to use the web as a database, showing the similarities between structured queries over the relational model and structured queries over RSS/Atom feeds.

The Semantic Web folks have a very similar vision, but the power of Yahoo!

Data Mashups Made Easy: Yahoo! Pipes

Posted by davidvc on February 9, 2007 at 2:52 PM PST

I have been thinking for a while about how you data mashups: the ability to query and combine data source across the web into new data sources.

Google plans to take over the Internet

Posted by davidvc on January 26, 2007 at 10:16 PM PST

Robert X. Cringely
is one of my favorite technical bloggers. He blogs once a week (he calls it an article).

Wiki Madness

Posted by davidvc on January 26, 2007 at 5:24 PM PST

I have loved Wikis for many years. I first discovered them back in 2000 and tried to convince the engineering team I was working with at the time to start using them. They would have nothing of it.

What? Java is better than AJAX on the client?

Posted by davidvc on January 24, 2007 at 9:54 AM PST

Sacre bleu! A Java applet - ThinkFree - wins
Computerworld's award for best online office suite
? What is this world coming to? I thought we had dismissed Java on the client long ago?

Quote from ThinkFree CEO T. J.

Unexpected consequences

Posted by davidvc on January 22, 2007 at 2:50 PM PST

When I lost my job at a startup that imploded (another story for another day), I did some serious job searching. This was in 2001, at a time when jobs were very sparse indeed -- I had some friends out of work for over a year; others took up jobs selling shoes or running movie projectors at the local cinema. I posted my resume at many different sites.