Here's a question for you: is Java sexy?
I'm not talking here about programming in Java, I seem to recall that the coolness-or-otherwise of Java compared to other languages has already been bandied around the blogosphere some time back. No, I mean is the Java brand sexy?
There's been a lot of discussion lately about the Java language: were the Java 5 features a mistake, will the features being suggested for 7 be worth it? One aspect of this debate is a kind of 'feature envy', in which pressure mounts to support a feature or particular mode of working because a rival language supports it.
Thanks to JavaDB there's been a lot of noise recently about Java SE (is that what we're supposed to call it this week? :) and end user experience. Specifically, the time it takes to download the JRE onto a desktop computer, versus so-called rival technologies such as Flash.
I suppose if the following was on the Java Posse's podcast it would be referred to as "Pimping my Swing app".
Pimp My Swing App is the Posse's alternative title for the Extreme GUI Makeover sessions at JavaOne — the idea is to play around with AWT, Swing and any other image producing API you can get your mitts on to create strange, wonderful and uniqu
Several people responded to my original rant, and I'm glad to say just about everyone one of them had an interesting take on the whole Java DB issue.
Recall the motto "when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail". One wonders whether the reverse is true?
In Where Swing should Venture Eitan Suez ponders the possibilities of making Swing applications deployable as web apps.
Go make yourself a fresh brew. This could take some time.