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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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Gosling Goes Real-Time

Posted by hiheiss on May 23, 2006 at 3:55 PM PDT

At the Friday morning keynote, 5/19/06, James Gosling talked with Sun Distinguished Engineer Greg Bollella about Real-Time Specification for Java (RTSJ). “Greg was the original spec lead for JSR 1 where I was one of the worker bees,” remarked Gosling.

Dancing While Gaming – Multitasking VMs on Real Devices

Posted by hiheiss on May 19, 2006 at 8:35 PM PDT

The JavaOne session, “Dancing While Gaming – Multitasking VMs on Real Devices”, focused on helping developers gain a wider and deeper understanding of the Multitasking VM implementation on real devices based on the interaction between Sun and Samsung who are engaged in a joint collaboration through the work of Jae Hyou Lee of Samsung Electronics and Yaniv Shani of Sun.

Staying Flexible with Open Source SOA

Posted by hiheiss on May 19, 2006 at 8:19 PM PDT

Staying Flexible with Open Source SOA

I checked out the session called "What Is Happening With SOA in Open Source?" which was actually a panel hosted by Mark Hapner, Distinguished Engineer, Chief Web Services Strategist at Sun.

Where the Software Met the Road

Posted by hiheiss on May 19, 2006 at 3:53 PM PDT

It's day two of JavaOne '06, and I’m over at the Slot Car Racing Programming Challenge area, where the track is heating up. Developers are standing in line, some for the 20th or 30th time! to see if their latest tweaks will pan out as they hoped. A lot has been happening here. The ABC Morning News guys were here with their cameras.

Let's Make a Deal: Java and .Net Hold Hands Over Web Services

Posted by hiheiss on May 18, 2006 at 8:08 PM PDT

At JavaOne earlier this week, I took in TS-5540, “Making Java/.Net Technology Based Web Services Interoperability Real” with Sun’s Arun Gupta and Microsoft’s Kirill Gavrylyuk. Sun and Microsoft developers have been meeting at “Plugfests” in Microsoft’s test facilities in Redmond, Washington, where they identify bugs and work to assure interoperability in their web services code.

Here we go! JavaOne is almost here!

Posted by hiheiss on May 10, 2006 at 8:14 PM PDT

Among the topics currently scheduled for my editorial beat:

-- The Slot Car Programming Challenge wherein developers get to test their skills with Real-Time Java. Standard 1/24 scale cars run around a track with 80 sensors spread along its length with a power supply controlled by an A/D converter driven from a workstation.

RTSJ and the JavaOne Slot Car Challenge

Posted by hiheiss on April 7, 2006 at 2:04 PM PDT

I recently conducted an interview with Sun's Greg Bollella that debunks some myths
about the difficulties of Real-Time Java and touts the
coming Slot Car Challenge at JavaOne, which will give
developers a chance to write some RTSJ code and see if
can guide a slot car around a track with s

Conscientious Software

Posted by hiheiss on March 30, 2006 at 3:35 PM PST

Conscientious Software: Part One of a Conversation with Sun Microsystems Laboratories' Ron Goldman

Here's a rich IMHO interview
with Sun's Ron Goldman by yours truly. Ron's a
senior staff engineer at Sun Labs who is working with Richard Gabriel to
envision a new software model.

The Advantages of the Java EE 5 Platform: A Conversation with Distinguished Engineer Bill Shannon

Posted by hiheiss on March 27, 2006 at 5:59 PM PST

Here's an interview
that yours truly recently did with Bill Shannon that you might find interesting.

Bill's a Sun distinguished engineer and spec lead for Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE).

He discusses how the Java EE 5 platform (formerly J2EE) makes life easier for developers.

Meet Java Developer, Arun Gupta

Posted by hiheiss on March 20, 2006 at 10:18 AM PST

A "Meet the Engineer" interview
I did with Java developer Arun Gupta of Sun might be worth checking out.
Arun has useful insights about programming in India
and the US, the challenges of developing software,
Java APIs for XML Web Services Addressing (JAX-WSA),
and efforts to get Sun Microsystems and Microsoft on
the sa