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Evan Summers

Evan Summers lives in Cape Town and plays Java, PostgreSQL and Linux. Most interested in crypto, systems monitoring and BI right now. Past interests include Swing, and future interests include mobi web.


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CDDL'ing up with Sun

Posted by evanx on May 18, 2006 at 7:52 AM PDT

Now that Sun's big boys are trying to decide "how" to opensource Java (with the "why" worked out by Jonathan and Rich a long time ago I'm sure), it's time for the little boys like me to get excited about opensource licenses and what they mean.

By the way, I suggested in an earlier blog "Swing trounces Ajax

Duke in a Tux

Posted by evanx on May 17, 2006 at 3:07 AM PDT

As we know, Sun is relicensing JDK for inclusion in Linux distros. This is a fantastic development for Java. In this blog, I muse about GPL'ing Java as "GlassFishBowl" and rigorously protect the Java trademark, so that Java still means "Java" as in the JCP, TCK, JEE, et cetera.

Java is all you'll ever need

Posted by evanx on May 15, 2006 at 2:16 AM PDT

In his blog, Damien Katz wrote on "Signs you are a crappy programmer, and don't know it." At the top of the list is "Java is all you'll ever need." Since i'm guilty of that, here is my response - why i choose not to add other languages to my toolbox.

So you have some system task to do.

My Desktop OS: Windows XP

Posted by evanx on May 11, 2006 at 10:06 AM PDT has a great series "My Desktop OS..." which is usually a Linux desktop. I thought i should do a tongue-in-cheek one "My Desktop OS: Windows XP" - to highlight some of my frustrations with the Linux desktop of late - multimedia to be specific. Which boils down to me being too lazy to bother about my own freedom. I'll follow this up with another article, "My Desktop OS: FreeDOS" ;)

Swing trumps Ajax and Web 2.0

Posted by evanx on May 10, 2006 at 5:03 AM PDT

Health warning: This is a long posting about "Swing versus everything else" and more.

Netbeans Day (South Africa) Part 3

Posted by evanx on May 7, 2006 at 11:08 AM PDT

This is Part 3 of my notes and impressions from Netbeans Day (South Africa), held in Johannesburg this week, and covers Sang Shin's talk "What makes Netbeans the best IDE for Java EE Development?" (See Part 1 about Netbeans IDE 5.0 features, and Part 1 about Geertan's talk on the distinguishing features of Netbeans 5.0.

Geertjan reminded us that the Netbeans IDE, and other Sun developer tools like Creator, are built on the Netbeans RCP (Rich Client Platform).

Netbeans Day (South Africa) Part 1

Posted by evanx on May 5, 2006 at 10:26 AM PDT

Health warning: the italic text is just me rambling and so should probably be skipped.

Today was a lovely sunny day in johannesburg, as usual!

Explicit Reflection

Posted by evanx on May 4, 2006 at 4:33 AM PDT

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Like all CodeBoys on the Java frontier, I listen to the religiously. It's a great show innit!