Personally, I love the idea of a fast, nimble application for the masses, a no-nonsense, beautifully optimized and crafted piece of software whose function defines its form. If Apple's iPhone Safari is a tawdry, dressed-up dandy who prances about in voluminous costumes, then Opera Mini is a quiet, earnest, and honest young man who dresses plain, but works hard and fast and gets the job done.
When dealing with antagonistic parties, most recently in the Blu-ray arena, I noticed that their examples of bad Java applications almost always revolves around bad experiences with either Java desktop applications or applets.
There are only very few mass produced consumer products that can lay claim to being true works of art, and Disney's two new entries to the Blu-ray arena, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, may represent the best that high-definition discs today can offer, and as such can be said to have crossed the line into true art.
Wouldn't it be funny if the fast-loading "Consumer JRE" turns out to be Java ME on steroids?
Before I lay me down to sleep, here are some of the top items I thought were discussed in the Java Entertainment sessions (Blu-ray's BD-J and OCAP/cable Java)
Your journey begins with the task of gently introducing your Java applications to the realities of the physical world.
I could hear the crickets chirping, or at least the hum of the air conditioner fans as they strove to cool the bodies of several hundred enthusiastic and jumpy Java developers crammed into an auditorium of Google.com's New York City office. They were all here to listen to Rod Johnson talk about the Spring Framework, and I had just asked whether anyone knew about BD-Java.
You'd think that after 10 years - an entire DECADE mind you - that Java developers would have a treasure trove of pre-built components that they could use to quickly cobble together their otherwise home-brewed apps.
Why is it I have the feeling this Web 2.0 is just for the cool kids, and not for bookish nerds like me who wouldn't know how to strike the pose if my life depended on it?