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John Reynolds

John Reynolds is a Santa Fe (as in New Mexico) based programming mentor who has been professionally developing software since 1980.  His primary focus has been on software usability and usefulness, dating back to his involvement with Tandy's DeskMate graphical environment in the late 80's.  Java is his current language of choice, superceding a long relationship with C++ and an early affair with the irrepressible FORTH.


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How to keep your programming job

Posted by johnreynolds on September 21, 2005 at 11:07 PM PDT

In Chris Adamson's blog entry "Why don't you get a job?", he suggests that

"In the future, you may be not just a J2EE developer, or even a J2EE web app developer, but instead a J2EE financial web app developer, or a J2EE medical web app developer, or a J2EE media web app developer, etc.".

Innovators and Remodellers

Posted by johnreynolds on September 9, 2005 at 6:04 AM PDT

Jacob Hookam writes in his blog:

"Ruby on Rails: love it or hate it, but it does have a lot of fresh ideas."

I admit to RoR envy (It's fun, powerful and innovative)
but I am more likely to actually use

Great Javascript resources

Posted by johnreynolds on September 1, 2005 at 6:55 AM PDT

AJAX has rekindled my interest in Javascript, and much to my delight there are a lot of great library resources out there...

Decoupling client-side JavaScript components from server-side web frameworks

Posted by johnreynolds on August 25, 2005 at 7:27 AM PDT

Michael Meehan's recent article,"Can Ajax be running partner of Web services?" got me thinking about what wonderful tools JavaScript and DHTML are.

I had dabbled with JavaScript years ago, but the pain of dealing with IE, and particularly Netscape 4, left a bad taste in my mouth.

Is Simon Phipps' mailbox full?

Posted by johnreynolds on August 19, 2005 at 6:31 AM PDT

In a CNet article, Simon Phipps is quoted as saying: "If you think Sun is doing something that is clueless, you can e-mail and have an impartial individual look at your complaint or comment and, where possible, act on it".

That's an amazing statement...

Straining the bath water (in search of lost babies)

Posted by johnreynolds on August 12, 2005 at 3:40 PM PDT
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Romain Guy's blog "Get to love web development" chronicles his growing love for the Wicket web component framework...

Longing for an Integrated Maintenance Environment

Posted by johnreynolds on August 2, 2005 at 6:24 AM PDT
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Austin (as in Texas) Java Users Group meeting

Posted by johnreynolds on July 27, 2005 at 6:06 AM PDT

It has been a while since I have attended an Austin Java Users Group meeting, but since luminary Eitan Suez was presenting, how could I miss it?

The evening began with a presentation by Gregg Sporar on the Matisse l

GUI Builders Considered Harmful

Posted by johnreynolds on July 25, 2005 at 8:26 AM PDT

Should we Beware the GUI Builder?

I came across this Hacknot blog entry today, and thought I'd like throw in my own two cents worth on this topic...

The following pretty much sums up the tone of the blog entry:

"For the benefit of those who risk falling for the superficial appeal of GUI builder tools, this a

Faces and Flash?

Posted by johnreynolds on July 22, 2005 at 6:47 AM PDT

I came across an announcement for IBM's Faces for Laszlo this morning.

I haven't had time to delve into the details, but my impression is that they're "filling in" some of the missing