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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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Seeing Shouldn't Be Believing or the World According to Josh Bloch

Posted by hiheiss on March 13, 2006 at 3:18 PM PST

Please check out the interview

I had the pleasure to do
with Google Java architect,
Joshua Bloch, in which he
discusses his latest book,
"Java Puzzlers," written with
Neal Gafter.

Meet the Engineer Q&A on

Posted by hiheiss on March 10, 2006 at 4:54 PM PST

Please check out this Q&A:

I did with Kelly O'Hair, senior staff
engineer in JDK (Java Development Kit) Core Serviceability.

He was really fun to interview.

Asked if he ever feels a sense that he's
created something beautiful when
he writes code, O'Hair said,
"Well, more like 'not ugly.'
There's a gray zone between ugly
and beautiful.

Q&A with Kohsuke Kawaguchi

Posted by hiheiss on February 2, 2006 at 4:14 PM PST

A new "Meet the Engineer" Q&A I did with a blogger appears on here if you want to check it out:


I interviewed Kohsuke Kawaguchi, who has worked with XML schema languages since 2001, including specification work on RELAX NG
and W3C XML Schema, and implementation work in a number of related Java artifacts, including JAXB (Ja

Putting the Server in Your Pocket

Posted by hiheiss on June 29, 2005 at 11:07 PM PDT

At the June 29, Wednesday morning Platinum session, held
from 8:30 to 9:15, Nokia Chief Technology Officer and Senior
Vice President Pertti Korhonen provided a vision of the future that
promises to take Sun's motto "The network is the computer" to
another level, by putting the server in your pocket.

Exposing Java Technology Performance Myths

Posted by hiheiss on June 29, 2005 at 10:48 PM PDT

Here I am at TS-3268, "Java Technology Performance Myths
Exposed," with Cliff Click, of Azul Systems. Azul, founded in
2001, advertises itself as pioneering "the industry's first network
attached processing solution, designed to unbound compute
resources for virtual machine based applications.

Project Looking Glass: An Expanding Universe on Your Desktop

Posted by hiheiss on June 29, 2005 at 10:31 PM PDT

I'm at TS-7992 where Project Looking Glass (LG3D), a Java
technology-based open source project that brings a richer user
experience to the desktop through 3D windowing and visualization
capabilities, is being presented to an audience of, I guesstimate,
800 people. LG3D sprang from the very creative heart and mind of
Sun's Hideya Kawahara.

Shale: The Next Struts?

Posted by hiheiss on June 29, 2005 at 9:57 PM PDT

I'm at TS-7393 along with a pretty packed room of, I
estimate, 700+ attendees. All the sessions that I've gone to have
been well attended with a serious but enthusiastic-looking group of
folks it appears who ask smart questions in the Q & A's. The
session is titled "Shale: The Next Struts?" with Sabreware's David
Geary and Sun's Craig McClanahan.

A Cool MP3 Player at the SwingLabs Exhibit

Posted by hiheiss on June 29, 2005 at 10:19 AM PDT

I’m at Exhibit #1111, Swing/Labs JDesktop
Network Components (JDNC). It’s a Sun Microsystems
project that allows experimentation with extensions
to existing Java Foundation Classes/Swing API
components, new JFC/Swing components and various desktop related technologies
like Java 2D, AWT.

Celebrating Java Technology Through Art

Posted by hiheiss on June 29, 2005 at 10:14 AM PDT

It’s so inspiring to watch gifted artists at work. Their art is alive with color and imagination. Sun brought six gifted artists to the 2005 JavaOne Conference with the goal of raising $5000 for the Foundation for a College Education (FCE) of East Palo Alto, California, which Sun has supported for ten years, about as long as Java technology has existed.

A Pragmatic Application of SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture)

Posted by hiheiss on June 29, 2005 at 10:06 AM PDT

Over at TS-1640 Pragmatic SOA: A Case Study, with developers Ashok Mollin, Ashesh Badani of Sun Microsystems, Inc. and T.N. Subramaniam, Director of Technology at RouteOne LLC Inc. Ed Ort ( and Tim Bray ( of Sun are blogging the session in greater detail.