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Gregg Sporar

Gregg Sporar has been a software developer for over twenty years, working on projects ranging from control software for a burglar alarm to 3D graphical user interfaces. He has been using Java since 1998 and his interests include user interfaces, development tools, and performance profiling. He worked as a Technology Evangelist for several years at Sun Microsystems and is currently a Senior Product Manager at Smart Bear Software.


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Best Kept Secrets of Peer Code Review

Posted by gsporar on October 1, 2006 at 12:20 PM PDT

Long ago, back when green screens and green-bar paper roamed across the software
development landscape, I was a young software developer at a startup software company.
There was a development group that I worked with that held periodic
code reviews. These were conducted as lengthy meetings with the entire team
gathered around a conference room table.

JavaZone Session, Memory Leaks in Java Applications: Different Tools for Different Types of Leaks

Posted by gsporar on September 23, 2006 at 3:53 PM PDT

This session was the exact same as the BOF that I did this year at JavaOne. I
wrote up a recap after JavaOne, which can be found


JavaZone 2006

Posted by gsporar on September 18, 2006 at 4:49 AM PDT

If you ever get the chance to go to Oslo, don't pass it up. It's a beautiful city filled with friendly people. And don't worry if you don't speak Norwegian - almost everyone I encountered spoke perfect English, which is good since jeg snakker bare litt norsk.

I was in Oslo last week to attend JavaZone 2006, which was very worthwhile.

JavaZone Has Not Started Yet

Posted by gsporar on September 12, 2006 at 1:19 PM PDT

Today was day zero of JavaZone 2006 -
there were some all-day courses but I did not arrive early
enough to take part. The official conference starts tomorrow.

I Am Walking

Posted by gsporar on August 20, 2006 at 2:37 PM PDT

Milestone 2 of version 6 of the NetBeans
IDE was released last week. A detailed
list of new features is available here.

On The Air

Posted by gsporar on August 14, 2006 at 2:08 PM PDT

Those of you who are familiar with NetBeans have probably heard of my coworker Roumen, who works from Sun's office in Prague. He has a very popular blog and a while back he started podcasting.

From Java to Ruby

Posted by gsporar on July 16, 2006 at 5:24 PM PDT

As I stated last November when I
reviewed his previous book
, I am a fan of
Bruce Tate. He writes well and delivers useful content.

Get To the Point

Posted by gsporar on July 10, 2006 at 2:47 PM PDT

I have always thought that profilers are just debuggers with a different name. Case in
point: in a debugger I can watch the logic of my program change things like
the value of a variable. Similarly, one of the things I can watch in a profiler is how my program
uses memory. For example, I can see the number of instances of a particular class
that have been created.

Forgot Your Admin Password? No Problem.

Posted by gsporar on June 23, 2006 at 11:11 AM PDT

A couple of weeks ago I was busy getting ready to attend JBoss World.
I was
in a hurry trying to install the latest build
of version 5.5 of the

JBoss World 2006

Posted by gsporar on June 18, 2006 at 3:33 PM PDT

Sun was a premier sponsor of
JBoss World 2006
. This caught some folks by surprise. But if you think
about it, it makes sense.