blogged a couple of years ago that Sun just didn't understand what their customers want, with the specific example of looking for Java support that I was expecting to pay for.
I spend half my time trying to identify what performance systems are doing by reproducing their behaviour in a performance testbed.
I was looking for Sun Java support - paid support, not the freebie "stick your bug in the db, vote for it and if enough people vote we might do something about it" support. I was looking for something serious - "I pay you, you fix the damn problem or tell me a valid workaround that you support" type of support.
In my last newsletter, I laid into those who criticise Java for what I see as simple jealousy. That lead to the following discussion with one of my readers, who I call "B" (I'm the "J" correspondent in the following discussion).
B. I've been a J2EE programmer for 3 years now, and a Java programmer for 6.
There is a "Java IDE shootout" from JavaOne 2004 at here (the pdf is available free and fairly detailed).
I generate my website using a local servlet container and JSP pages converting text source to html pages, then I upload all the pages to the server. Inspired by reading
Cleaning Your Web Pages with HTML Tidy, I decided it was about time I had my HTML validated.
This series is about how I turned my site from a hobby site to one that is a business. I hope to distill a series of practical suggestions that will help you get your website profitable. You may find everything I have to say completely obvious, certainly I do now having done it all! But maybe some of you will find this series helpful.
I go to the occassional meeting or trade show where vendors are displaying their wares. I look at what interests me, and sometimes give feedback to the vendors when I have appropriate expertise. Some are interested in my suggestions, some aren't. Not so long ago, I was being given a demo by two guys about their company's leading product.