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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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Is Java Sexy?

Posted by javakiddy on October 30, 2006 at 7:14 AM PST

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?

Does Size Matter?

Posted by javakiddy on September 15, 2006 at 2:34 AM PDT

There was an interesting exchange on the recent Java Posse pod cast about the Java Kernel project, and how important size is to the JRE download.

Java Episode VI : The Fanboy Menace

Posted by javakiddy on September 12, 2006 at 9:45 AM PDT

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.

Desktop Deployment Ideas

Posted by javakiddy on August 8, 2006 at 9:11 AM PDT

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.

Swing Magic

Posted by javakiddy on July 24, 2006 at 6:26 AM PDT

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

Okay, I was wrong!

Posted by javakiddy on July 19, 2006 at 2:12 PM PDT

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.

In Defence of the Desktop

Posted by javakiddy on July 12, 2006 at 2:01 PM PDT

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?

REQ: alt.web-browser.die.die.die

Posted by javakiddy on June 30, 2006 at 5:55 PM PDT

In Where Swing should Venture Eitan Suez ponders the possibilities of making Swing applications deployable as web apps.

80 Sprites - Beat That!

Posted by javakiddy on June 13, 2006 at 9:41 AM PDT

Go make yourself a fresh brew. This could take some time.