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Ron Hitchens

Ron Hitchens is a California-based computer geek whose career dates back to the disco era. His first computer was a punched-card mainframe. The last one (so far) is a G4 Mac PowerBook. Not just a good idea, it's Moore's Law.

Ron has done a little of everything but mostly concentrated on Java for the last few years as a consultant, author and employee of failed startups. Ron recently joined Mark Logic Corporation, a successful startup, where he is a Senior Engineer, Editor-In-Chief of the xq:zone Developer Website and discovering the world of XQuery.


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In With The New

Posted by ronhitchens on May 9, 2008 at 2:46 AM PDT

Thursday was an interesting day, but tiring. The third day of a conference always seems to be the roughest in terms of comfort level.

Hehe, 3-D Stuff Is Cool

Posted by ronhitchens on May 8, 2008 at 12:42 AM PDT

I don't get to do a lot of whizzy graphical stuff in my day-to-day work. I mostly do the typical back-end, multi-threaded server kind of thing. I spend most of my time thinking about API design, framework architecture, robustness, correctness and so on.

You Are Correct, Sir

Posted by ronhitchens on May 7, 2008 at 2:56 AM PDT

The big announcements today were centered around JavaFX and Blu-Ray, as expected. Neil Young was entertaining (I guess that's not surprising, he is an entertainer after all). There was the usual execu-speak about initiative-this and monetize-that. OK, fine. Whatever.

I focused today on fundamentals - specifically code correctness.

Make Your Network

Posted by ronhitchens on May 6, 2008 at 1:00 AM PDT

Holy smokes, is it JavaOne again already? Didn't we just do this a few months ago?

It's The JVM, Stupid

Posted by ronhitchens on May 11, 2007 at 1:56 AM PDT

The Core Problem: CPUs out the Wazoo

Posted by ronhitchens on May 10, 2007 at 6:19 PM PDT

JavaOne 2007: I Feel So Mature

Posted by ronhitchens on May 9, 2007 at 1:41 AM PDT

Why Should I Bother Going To JavaOne 2007?

Posted by ronhitchens on May 7, 2007 at 2:45 PM PDT

If things are so bad, why are things looking good?

Posted by ronhitchens on May 25, 2004 at 12:28 AM PDT

Offshoring accelerating, layoffs left and right, doom, gloom, oh me, oh my.

And yet, I just landed a terrific job at a great startup (thanks Jason). The work's interesting, I'm learning lots of new stuff and the people there are top-knotch.

Cringely on Microsoft, Sun, Java and El Presidente Schwartz

Posted by ronhitchens on April 21, 2004 at 6:20 PM PDT

I found this week's Robert X. Cringely column especially interesting. They're always interesting, but this one is about competing with Microsoft in general, and about Sun and Java in particular.