According to the published schedule, the final specification for JSR-207, Process Definition for Java (PD4J), will soon be released.
This week my team re-learned the debuggers' mantra: "What you think is improbable probably isn't as improbable as you thought.".
A horrible performance problem cropped up in an upcoming release of our web-based product last Thursday. Each page of the application would take almost thirty seconds to load.
Data Abstractions are wonderful things, except when they aren't.
A recent request from my QA team lead brought me to this not-so-stunning conclusion. The request was pretty simple:
"Tell me which fields in our database correspond to the input fields on our HTML forms."
This is a very reasonable request.
We often hear George Santayana's adage:
"Those who do not understand the past are destined to repeat it"
Study history or you're going to screw up. Good advice, but rather on the negative side of the Kharmic spectrum.
Less often do we hear Sir Isaac Newtonï¿½s more positive sentiment:
Pardon me for blogging this, but I feel the need to rant a bit about the SCO/Linux flap...
In Tenessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire there is a memorable character named Blanche DuBois who utters the famous line:
"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers..."
Martin Fowler's blog on the Unwanted Modeling Language caught my eye and prompted me to re-examine my own feelings about UML.
Here at my company our business is all about forms. Im not talking about HTML forms; Im talking about business forms such as loan applications, tax reporting statements, etc.
I love the nifty features, but...
Are we there yet?
Periodically, I like to sit back and take stock of how closely computers match my expectations of what they ought to be, and starting this blog seems to be as good an excuse as any to see how theyre doing. My expectations for computers are pretty easy to sum up: I want computers to function the way they did on Star Trek back in the mid 60s.