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Duane Gran

Duane Gran is a Project Manager at the University of Virginia, where he supervises Java developers working on software to enhance literary criticism. Previously he served as a Software Architect and was a Senior Java Programmer at the Department of Labor and the Library of Congress. He has been programming in Java since the public beta in 1995. Duane lives in Charlottesville, VA.


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What's in a name? Not much.

Posted by duanegran on June 27, 2005 at 8:38 AM PDT

I'm rather sanguine about name changes, especially when it removes the dreaded "enterprise" word, but what I really want from Sun is a rational version number. The same thing can be found in releases of Solaris. Why must something be simultaneously known as Java 1.5 and Java 5.

Lucene is a wonderful thing

Posted by duanegran on February 23, 2005 at 10:29 AM PST

Erik Hatcher, author of Lucene in Action has put together a nice presentation overview of Lucene at

Do we need to lobby for Java these days?

Posted by duanegran on March 10, 2004 at 5:48 AM PST

I was an early member of the JavaLobby while I was still in college. At the time I was doing an internship for Kraft Foods in Chicago where I gently prodded the IT group to consider Java as a viable technology. Today I can't imagine having the same conversation. Since then I've worked on projects for the federal government and currently manage several Java-based projects at a University.