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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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Democratizing Innovation

Posted by johnreynolds on July 21, 2005 at 5:47 AM PDT

In response to an earlier blog entry, "zander" sent me a link to the downloadable copy of Eric Von Hippel's book Democratizing Innovation.

This book is a great read for those of us who are wondering where Open Source may be leading us.

Who will pay for innovation?

Posted by johnreynolds on July 12, 2005 at 6:00 AM PDT

Back in 1973, a young Bill Gates was demonized for asking the following:

"Who can afford to do professional work for nothing?

Java EE app servers: Why pay for support?

Posted by johnreynolds on July 8, 2005 at 6:40 AM PDT

With Sun's decision to "Open Source" their Java EE app server, it's likely that all Java EE app servers will soon be free.

The next big thing in IM/email/blogging: the Rudeness CheckerTM

Posted by johnreynolds on July 1, 2005 at 5:47 AM PDT

Janet Heiss's recent blog entry got me thinking about socially relevant technology....

First came the spell checker, then the grammar checker...

Pondering Pisa

Posted by johnreynolds on June 24, 2005 at 5:41 AM PDT

If I asked you to list the most famous structures in the world, the Leaning Tower of Pisa would probably show up in your top 10 responses.

Java Business Integration, JSR 208, passes final ballot

Posted by johnreynolds on June 22, 2005 at 1:18 PM PDT

Java Business Integration, JSR 208, will probably lead to a new crop of JBI-based ESB (Enterprise Service Bus)offerings. One of the first is ObjectWeb's Celtix (donated by IONA).

For me, JBI's advent will probably be a really good thing.

Open Office and Java - I'm for it

Posted by johnreynolds on May 12, 2005 at 12:11 PM PDT

From a recent java.net news entry:

"As OpenOffice.org 2.0 approaches version 2.0 final it is being meet increasingly with opposition by free software advocates over its dependency on Java."

I am delighted that Open Office is finally leveraging Java.

Uncertainty may not be what you think it is

Posted by johnreynolds on May 9, 2005 at 7:53 AM PDT

Tom Koulopoulos was the keynote speaker at a conference that I attended last week. He's a really bright guy and a very entertaining speaker (or at least I think so).

Tom covered a wide range of topics, one of which was in dealing with uncertainty.

Happy Ending to the Netbeans "Replace Dialog" tale

Posted by johnreynolds on April 26, 2005 at 9:28 AM PDT

NetBeans 4.1 Update:

Hurrah! NetBeans 4.1 has "fixed" the replace dialog problem that I blogged about last year...

Process Driven Design and JBI (Java Business Integration)

Posted by johnreynolds on April 21, 2005 at 8:27 PM PDT

I am a big advocate for Process Driven Design.