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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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Meet Tom Marble, OpenJDK Ambassador for Sun Microsystems

Posted by hiheiss on July 30, 2007 at 6:30 PM PDT

Please take a look at my latest "Meet the Engineer" Q&A. Tom's job is to facilitate the growth of the OpenJDK community in an effort to promote Java technology ubiquity, compatibility, adoption, and innovation.

Open Source --- Then and Now

Posted by hiheiss on July 18, 2007 at 3:34 PM PDT

I'd be curious what you think of this interview I did with Ray Gans
titled "Open Source -- Then and Now: A Conversation With Ray Gans of the OpenJDK Community Program".
Ray's been about as close to Sun's open
source process as anyone over the years and has a long history
working wi

Project Sonia, a Java-powered AUV at JavaOne 2007

Posted by hiheiss on May 17, 2007 at 11:56 AM PDT

Would love it if you'd check out
YouTube where, with a SONIA demo
in the background at JavaOne 2007, yours truly talks with David Mercier, an engineering student at
Ecole de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Looking Back at JavaOne 2007

Posted by hiheiss on May 17, 2007 at 11:46 AM PDT

Looking back on JavaOne 2007

The 2007 JavaOne Conference is over. As always it’s a bit
of a blur, but buried within the blur are nuggets of knowledge, or at
least, moments of clarification where things fall into place. Since
my focus was mostly on open source this time around that’s where
I learned some things.

JavaOne 2007 Countdown

Posted by hiheiss on May 4, 2007 at 11:38 AM PDT

Just a few more days before the 2007 JavaOne commences and I’m definitely feeling a mix of anxiety (writing deadlines) and excitement (the event itself). This is the eighth JavaOne I’ve covered -- does that make me a veteran? -- and it’s intriguing to reflect on how everything’s changed.

The Bug Story

Posted by hiheiss on April 18, 2007 at 11:59 AM PDT

Brian Harry, a.k.a. the "bug guy," talks at length about bugs in a article by yours truly, Getting the Bugs Out: A Conversation With Bug Fixer Brian Harry.

Sun's Java compiler tech lead speaks out

Posted by hiheiss on April 12, 2007 at 12:06 PM PDT

An interview, Meet Peter von der Ahé, Tech Lead for Javac at Sun Microsystems, I did with Peter, Sun's tech lead for javac, discusses the Kitchen Sink Language, the Java Compiler AP

Why Writing Dumb Code is a Smart Idea

Posted by hiheiss on March 2, 2007 at 3:33 PM PST

A new interview I did with Sun technology evangelist Brian Goetz,
"Writing Better Code:
A Conversation With Sun Microsystems Technology Evangelist Brian Goetz"

explores several areas of his considerable expertise.

Managing Applications with Java SE 6

Posted by hiheiss on February 5, 2007 at 4:48 PM PST

Here's a new
Managing Applications With Java SE 6: A Conversation With
Vasanthan Dasan,

that I did with Sun Distinguished engineer Vasanthan Dasan, chief technologist for the
Services Product Unit.

Cheapest Air Fares on the Web?...

Posted by hiheiss on January 9, 2007 at 2:25 PM PST

A new article,

"FareCompare Ready to Soar
With Migration to Java SE 6,"
by yours truly, imho is
interesting in a couple of ways.

First, it provides some inside dope on airline pricing and, of
greater interest, gives details on how to use a new site,,