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Simon Morris

Simon Morris started coding professionally back when 1 MB of RAM was considered decadent. He eked a living writing games for a while, before winding up scribbling R+D code at a top UK university. In early 1996 he discovered Java, drawn immediately to its latent potential - which, he reckons, it still hasn't even begun to tap. He now owns a laptop with more than 1 Mb of RAM (but doesn't like to boast about it).


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Web of Confusion

Posted by javakiddy on July 19, 2007 at 2:12 AM PDT
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.'

'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'

Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll.

It would seem my

A Rose By Any Other Name

Posted by javakiddy on June 12, 2007 at 6:40 AM PDT

Oscar Wilde once famously remarked that Britain and America were two nations divided by a common language*.

Making JavaFX Sing

Posted by javakiddy on May 23, 2007 at 9:02 AM PDT

Column inches aren't really a metric one can easily apply to the intangible world of blogging, but when it comes to JavaOne 2007 such a measurement would be largely academic.

Swing, and that New Car Smell

Posted by javakiddy on May 1, 2007 at 4:12 AM PDT

Car manufacturers have known for a long time that it's the little things which can make or break the sale of a vehicle. The reassuringly solid clunk of the doors as they close. The satisfyingly robust feel of the knobs, switches and handles.

March of the Ants

Posted by javakiddy on April 11, 2007 at 7:03 AM PDT

I spent a little time over the Easter break playing about with the new streamlined integration of JOGL into Swing, as promoted by Chris Campbell in his blog some eighteen months back. To be honest, there really isn't an awful lot to 'play about' with.

Getting Animated

Posted by javakiddy on March 8, 2007 at 7:13 AM PST

Well, given feedback from around the web it seems a lot of people liked my recent little foray into the realm of Swing eye candy, which is both very flattering, and also rather worrying.

Swing Bling

Posted by javakiddy on February 23, 2007 at 3:22 AM PST

I recently watched the interesting Screencast by Adobe's James Ward, entitled "Web 2.0 Design Trend & Tools".

Justifiable Homicide

Posted by javakiddy on January 24, 2007 at 3:15 AM PST

Despite not being a violent man (honest!) I've found myself increasingly being moved by the argument that programmers, and perhaps other technical staff too, should be given limited license to kill people under the defence of justifiable homicide.

All you programmers reading can stop cheering though -- I'm not suggesting a complete free-for-all.

Musings on Web 2.0

Posted by javakiddy on December 7, 2006 at 3:06 PM PST

David Van Couvering wrote an interesting blog entry recently which caught my attention.

Blame Java!

Posted by javakiddy on November 8, 2006 at 2:57 AM PST

A couple of incidents have happened to me in the last few days which highlight Java's desperate plight on the desktop.

The first involved a currently existing Java desktop application, a project originally developed at another university which somehow seems to have landed on my desk. The client brought the project to us, requesting a ground up re-write.