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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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Pulp Dictionary: Top Ten Reasons to choose Java over um, C#

Posted by evanx on November 5, 2006 at 4:56 AM PST

  1. Beauty. Let's face it, using uppercase for method names is mental.
  2. Free enterprise stacks, free frameworks, free IDEs, free everything! Buy now pay later.
  3., - you can brew Java.
  4. Java is opensource - you can brew your own java.
  5. Java is supported by all vendors, except Microsoft.

Top Ten Reasons to Bury Digg and Get your Daily Dzone

Posted by evanx on November 4, 2006 at 1:37 AM PST
  1. No more titles like "AWESOME WEBSITE WITH PICTURES"
  2. Dzone is an awesome website with awesome pictures of other awesome websites! If you hover over the picture, it pops up an awesome bigger picture!
  3. You can customise how many articles to show on one page eg. a lot. I really do digg this feature. This should be number one.
  4. Mmmmm.... software.
  5. You only need 4 votes.

Gooey Beans Extract 1: Resource Map

Posted by evanx on November 3, 2006 at 2:24 AM PST

This the first part of my work-in-progress, um, online book, woohoo!

It's a preachy scifi/fantasy online book, trilogy in 42 parts, on how you could rewrite your database application using Swing. It's gonna be whatsit, creative commons, partly because it's not gonna be worth the, um, paper its not written on.

Your Daily D-zone

Posted by evanx on November 1, 2006 at 8:38 AM PST is helluva well done. In my book it's got the critical mass already to rapidly become the top developer site on the internet.

Mmmmm.... Twisted Perverted Thingymajigs

Posted by evanx on November 1, 2006 at 3:25 AM PST

Someone asked, "Do you really need a persistent layer?"
Got me to musing.

We all know that the right way to do things, like software program thingyies, is... Use Hibernate, or JPA. Use JEE containers (Spring or EJB3). Expose your middle-tier with minty EJB3 WS-* webservices, or yummy Apache Axis2. Etcetera.

Best linux podcast of the year

Posted by evanx on October 31, 2006 at 6:26 PM PST

I've never actually heard Mr Slackware before (i mean heard him speak), only heard about him since forever of course.

Check out this podcast - he's SUCH a cool dude, and so great to listen to - isn't it great that we're in the podcast era?! :)

You know what? There's no substitute for hearing a person talk. They say a picture speaks a thousand words.

Seek and Deploy 2: The Cookie Jar, Refilled

Posted by evanx on October 31, 2006 at 5:08 PM PST


The Wrong Answers

Posted by evanx on October 30, 2006 at 1:04 PM PST

Frank Somerville posted "My Favorite Java Developer interview questions" which i enjoyed reading a minute ago. Here are some answers to avoid ;)

Q. When does the JVM do Garbage Collection?

I got no idea. Who's JVM, is he the janitor here?

A Tale of Two CDs

Posted by evanx on October 30, 2006 at 6:20 AM PST

I got a PC that i wanna setup as a multimedia center. I got a CentOS DVD, but that doesn't have multimedia, so that's how this exercise started. So i was looking for some linux warez. With the following requirements.

It Is Them

Posted by evanx on October 28, 2006 at 9:43 PM PDT

Of my heroes, i've seen some of them in real life. In order of appearance, Bill Joy, Eric Raymond, and Richard Stallman.

I've emailed a few heroes as well, a few years ago - and they even replied, a few times! Like Bjarne and Alex - the C++ guys. I'm not on first-name-terms with these guys - it's just that i can't remember and/or certainly can't spell their surnames right now!