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Simon Brown

Based in London, Simon is a technical architect who likes to get his hands dirty and write the code after he's drawn the boxes. He's been using Java since the initial 1.0 release and has been involved with Java projects ranging from desktop clients to distributed enterprise systems. Outside of work, Simon has written and contributed to a number of books about the web-tier of J2EE and is a frequent speaker on such topics. He is also a fully trained bartender and, in his spare time, regularly helps out at JavaRanch – a friendly place for Java programmers.


simongbrown's blog

Casting affects performance?

Posted by simongbrown on September 9, 2003 at 1:43 PM PDT

One of the only websites that I can access from the client site that I'm on is the IBM site, and I must admit that it's not on my list of Java related sites that I regularly visit.

Using another painter's brushes

Posted by simongbrown on September 2, 2003 at 2:40 PM PDT

After a few weeks of working on a project in our offices, a new environment is in the final stages of being set up and we've made the move over to the client site. The work that we've been doing so far has been more like prototyping/proof of concept development. As far as tools go, we've had an almost free reign on what we've been using. Me?

Java Rules!

Posted by simongbrown on August 8, 2003 at 2:38 AM PDT

There's been some interesting activity in the Bunkhouse Porch recently. Douglas Dunn has just released the 2nd volume of his Mastering The Fundamentals of the Java Programming Language ... for free!

Review of Mac OS X for Java Geeks (O'Reilly)

Posted by simongbrown on August 7, 2003 at 1:56 PM PDT

Mac OS X for Java GeeksI've just reviewed this book for the JavaRanch Bunkhouse and thought that I would share it via my blog...

Professional JSP, 3rd Edition (Apress) to be released soon

Posted by simongbrown on August 6, 2003 at 8:09 AM PDT

Well ... it looks like our work on Professional JSP, 3rd Edition (previously titled Professional JSP 2.0, and now to be published by Apress) is almost at an end. It's currently slated for a September release and Amazon is now listing it, albeit with an incorrect authors list.

Building desktop clients for Mac OS X with Swing

Posted by simongbrown on August 5, 2003 at 1:57 AM PDT

I'm currently reading (and reviewing for JavaRanch) Mac OS X for Java Geeks by Will Iverson and I'm surprised at how good the integration between the core Java platform and Mac OS X really is.