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Jim Driscoll

Jim Driscoll has been at Sun for over 13 years, ever since he joined JavaSoft to work on the Java Web Server and the first version of Servlets. At various times, he has been the manager of the J2EE RI, the Java Web Services Developer Pack, and a host of Open Source, web and XML projects that Sun has either participated in or led. His current job title is Senior Engineer, on the JavaServer Faces team, and he has been specializing in Ajax. He lives and works in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay area.


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Sun, AJAX and JavaScript

Posted by driscoll on May 19, 2006 at 10:20 AM PDT

Sun started working on a lot of AJAX things about a year ago. As the manager for the Java Web Tier, that meant that I was pretty involved with most of the work we're doing.

Schedulebuilder Tryout - Day 1

Posted by driscoll on May 16, 2006 at 5:20 PM PDT

In a previous post, I talked about how the people who run the conference were planning on having a new way to schedule and attend talks at JavaOne this year.

Well, first day is mostly done, and I think we've gotten a pretty good idea of how it's working.

New way to attend JavaOne talks

Posted by driscoll on May 5, 2006 at 11:05 AM PDT

One nice thing about being around this stuff forever: You end up on all the interesting committees. I'm on the JavaOne Program Committee, which helps decide the content at JavaOne.

Servlet History

Posted by driscoll on December 10, 2005 at 8:58 PM PST

I've been doing servlets and JSPs longer than any other person on the planet (which in itself is a story for another time), so when I read a few things about the history of servlets in Beyond Java by Bruce Tate, I cringed.

OSI Mailing lists

Posted by driscoll on October 27, 2005 at 1:19 PM PDT

Did you know that the Open Source Initiative, aka the OSI, has a mailing list to discuss license issues?

Neither did I, until a couple of months ago.

So, if you're the kind of person who likes to watch sausage being made, or you're just an amateur fan of the Open Source license process, go check it out:

To subscribe to the mailing list, sen

Everything Free (as in Beer)

Posted by driscoll on July 22, 2005 at 9:31 AM PDT

In a recent news article, my boss said we're going to figure out how to make all of our software free (as in beer).

We're not going to sue you

Posted by driscoll on July 20, 2005 at 8:41 AM PDT

In my last blog's comments, Chris Mahan posited that Sun would send lawyers after a hapless coder, nashing their tiny little sharp teeth.

GlassFish, and Tainted Love

Posted by driscoll on July 19, 2005 at 10:19 AM PDT

I recently had a very sincere person, who I have every reason to respect, tell me: "I thought about downloading your code, but I don't want to be tainted." He further went on to say "If you had a statement about that on your website, I'd feel better about it."

Frankly, I was a bit taken aback. Weren't we Open Source?

Open Sourcing the Rest of App Server

Posted by driscoll on July 15, 2005 at 12:07 PM PDT

As you know, we've open sourced Sun's AS PE (as Project GlassFish).

Newest Concern on Sun's Open Source Strategy

Posted by driscoll on July 14, 2005 at 10:28 AM PDT

In my last blog's comments, I had a couple of people raise the issue of joint copyright assignment. The subject was raised with the greatest respect and concern, and I'd like to thank the posters for giving me a chance to talk about it.