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Janice J. Heiss

In addition to exploring the wonderful world of technology at Tech Days, and getting to interview many Java technology luminaries and unsung heroes on as a staff writer for Sun, Janice J. Heiss is a published writer of fiction and non-fiction and has written and performed for the stage, including stand-up comedy.

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Java Performance Tuning: A Conversation With Java Champion Kirk Pepperdine

Posted by hiheiss on July 21, 2008 at 5:30 PM PDT

Here's a recent interview I did with Java
Champion Kirk Pepperdine, a primary contributor
to which is widely regarded as the premier
site for Java performance-tuning information.

Vodcast and Podcast with Java Champion Adam Bien

Posted by hiheiss on July 18, 2008 at 12:02 PM PDT

For those of you who are hungry for insight and information about Java EE, I can recommend no one more highly than Adam Bien who I interviewed in a vodcast that you'll find in the "Developer Spotlight" section of or on

Please check out my JavaOne '08 blogs

Posted by hiheiss on May 13, 2008 at 2:54 PM PDT

JavaOne '08 has come and gone before I could catch my breath or let you know where I blogged about this wonderful event this year. Anyway, if you're still interested, I blogged over here.
Stop by and have a look at postings by yours truly and the rest of the jsc writers. For those of you who went to JavaOne, what are you doing reading this?

Java Champion, Adam Bien, on Java EE

Posted by hiheiss on April 7, 2008 at 1:52 AM PDT

Please check out my interview with Java Champion and Java EE expert Adam Bien, who says:

* "There are three big fallacies.

The Story of Ruby, JRuby, and Rails at Sun

Posted by hiheiss on March 27, 2008 at 3:50 PM PDT

In a new article NetBeans, Solaris, GlassFish: The Ruby's Red Slippers Fit just up on, yours truly covers the Ruby/JRuby landscape. I got to adventure into new territory and learn a bit about Ruby and accompanying technologies that share some of Ruby's glitter.

QA with Java Champion, Cay Horstmann

Posted by hiheiss on February 22, 2008 at 6:11 PM PST

Check out my interview with Java Champion Cay Horstmann on if you want to know:

* Why it never pays to optimize code until after you profile.

* What's wrong with the JavaServer Faces library implementers, and the app server implementers

* Where JSF programmers go wrong.

Project Darkstar's New World of Online Games

Posted by hiheiss on October 22, 2007 at 6:05 PM PDT

Anyone interested in game development, please take a look at my interview
with Sun Lab's Jeff Kesselman.

Becoming a Better Programmer

Posted by hiheiss on October 11, 2007 at 4:59 PM PDT

Have a look at an interview I conducted with Java Champion Dr. Heinz Kabutz who frequently sets up shop with his laptop on the beach in Crete where he lives.

Java Finalization's Memory-Retention Issues

Posted by hiheiss on September 17, 2007 at 2:46 PM PDT

I recommend taking a look at "How to Handle Java Finalization's Memory-Retention Issues," by Sun's Tony Printezis on

Finalization allows you to perform postmortem cleanup on objects that the garbage collector has found to be unreachable.

Simon Phipps on Open Source

Posted by hiheiss on September 6, 2007 at 2:33 PM PDT

Please tell me what you think of Sun chief open source officer Simon Phipps's analysis of open source communities that I've summarized in an article on Simon has overseen the open sourcing of the Java platform for Sun since his arrival in 2000 -- he's very thoughtful.