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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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Situated Software

Posted by ronhitchens on March 31, 2004 at 5:19 PM PST

A reference to this article by Clay Shirky was posted to a Patterns mailing list I belong to. I found the new perspective on software engineering so fascinating that I thought others would be interested as well.

What I learned at SD Expo West 2004

Posted by ronhitchens on March 21, 2004 at 11:50 PM PST
>I was lucky enough to spend all of last week at Software Development Expo West ( href=""
>SD West
>) in Santa Clara, California. I usually don't have the luxury of devoting so much time to a "non-essential" activity, but the stars just happened to align fortuitously.

ESR to McNealy: Let Java Go

Posted by ronhitchens on February 13, 2004 at 5:17 PM PST

Eric S. Raymond has posted an open letter to Sun on the topic of open source and Java. With typical ESR directness, he tells Sun that they need to choose between ubiquity or control. They can't have it both ways.

Sun Wants Middleware To Go Away?

Posted by ronhitchens on February 10, 2004 at 11:35 AM PST

Java Developer Journal is running a press release, er, article about Sun's latest marcom that "Middleware is History". I suppose this phrase is in reaction to IBM's "Middleware is Everywhere" (witness the dueling billboards on Highway 101), but I don't think they're sending a positive message.

The End of the Beginning?

Posted by ronhitchens on December 30, 2003 at 2:13 AM PST

I love Java. I love writing Java code. I've even
written a Java book. I've used zillions of
programming languages and Java is the one I like the best. But there's a question that's
been nagging at me lately: Does Java, or any programming language, really matter any more?