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Also, in the last week we stripped bsh out of the core and replaced it with Janino. This change has made Drools an order of magnitude faster than it was (in the worst conditions--some of our tests actually ran a half an order faster than that!) We expect to tag a 2.0-final release sometime in the next month or two. Special thanks to Andy Barnett and Mark Proctor for their commitment to the...
on Jul 28, 2004
Interested in Software Architecture? Twin Cities Resident? On Monday, August 16th 2004 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Cris Ross, CIO of United Behavioral Health will be delivering a presentation on "The Secrets of ROI for Architects" for the Twin Cities Chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (TC-IASA). The meeting'll be hosted by Intertech Training in Eagan, MN. Intertech...
on Jul 23, 2004
Warning--high buzzword content in this blog entry might cause headaches. Aspirin, cool water and a whitenoise generator recommended. For best results, do not read on an empty stomach. I've recently begun a Twin Cities chapter of the International Association of software architects. IASA is a not-for-profit company devoted to advancing the science of software architecture. The Twin Cities...
on Jul 7, 2004
It's been a long haul since I started working with Open Source technology. There have been times when I've joked about the rice and lentils diet, only I wasn't really joking. I was putting a brave face on a pretty frightening and hungry lifestyle. I've never known for certain if my work in Open Source was going to pan out, and I've been just barely scraping by for longer than I care to admit...
on Jun 21, 2004
One of the major themes at TechEd this year was how to increase productivity. The marketing slogan was "Do More With Less". Early on, I mentioned how Microsoft's Visual Studio tools give them an edge on the Java community. This isn't because Java can't have tools that are just as good as Visual Studio, but it's because the collected principles that lead to the development of those tools aren't...
on May 27, 2004
Open standards allow multiple vendors to offer their own implementation of valuable technologies. The Sun and JCP open standards are particularly good at helping small vendors participate in the technology market. Competition makes software cheaper, forcing the vendors to improve the quality of their products and services. Open standards also lower the risk for the end users by at least...
on May 27, 2004
I don't know exactly what I was expecting from Steve Ballmer's keynote address this morning. I've never seen the man speak before, or heard his voice. In fact, I haven't even seen a photograph of him that wasn't a decade old. What I did not expect was for Mr. Ballmer to have somehow transformed into a spitting image of my former Governor, Jesse Ventura. They look alike. They speak alike....
on May 24, 2004
I must admit, it was a little odd being a Java guy walking into a room full of .NET User Group Leaders from all around the country. The abundance of caffeine and general rowdiness of the 75 member crowd helped ease tensions somewhat, and while I got my bearings I took careful note of the group, its dynamic and the subject matter they were covering. What I found was equal parts encouraging and...
on May 23, 2004
This is pure speculation on my part, but what if Macromedia were to assemble a community-driven process based on the JCP that they could use to extend the Shockwave platform and give companies and individuals around the world a chance to have a voice in the matter? It strikes me that Macromedia could do the same thing with Shockwave that Sun has done with Java. If they did, I have a feeling that...
on May 21, 2004
Why on earth would I choose TechEd over JavaOne? Well, I didn't exactly choose TechEd. It chose me. Or, rather, Microsoft did. They've invited me to come to the TechEd conference as their guest and as a community-minded Java evangelist sort of guy. Who could resist generosity like that? I think the Microsoft folks are hoping I'll find something on their side of the fence worth writing home...
on May 21, 2004
"When a scientist says something is possible, they're probably underestimating how long it will take. But if they say it's impossible, they're probably wrong" --Nobel Prize Winner Richard Smalley. In this case they're definitely wrong. Four years ago, while working for marchFIRST, I helped build a Flash-XML-Java driven site for building and configuring skinnable rich media blog sites. We built...
on May 18, 2004
"What, exactly, do you see in the future for Java open source? How long do you think it will last? What do you see, if anything, that will take the place of the Internet? Perhaps a totally wireless Internet?" "Also, nanotechnology seems to be the big buzzword today, and it seems to promise a lot of possibilities. Where do you see nanotechnology fitting into your map of concentric rings? At...
on Jan 31, 2004
Now, before I go on, I want to address a very strong prejudice that I've noticed in my dealings with Open Source developers. It's the old familiar sentiment that if it isn't built in Java, it ain't worth using. That might be true for a lot of people, and I have a lot of respect for that sentiment--it's an important one for our community. We're doing more than writing software in a certain...
on Dec 10, 2003
Noel, Thanks for your concern about this. I license software under the AFL so I can avoid legal entanglements relating to collective ownership of my property and conflicts of control over that property which derive from collective ownership, and also to grant greater rewards and incentives to future developers and users. Future versions of the ASL might correct this problem and give me...
on Nov 22, 2003
(the following is an excerpt of Greider's radio broadcast) "I was on the west coast. I can't tell you how many good conversations I've had with people, many of them software engineers who were working in Silicon Valley. Two or three years ago they thought they were millionaires, cause they had a lot of stock options and the stock prices of their company was still going through the roof." "And...
on Oct 25, 2003
On January 6th, 2001 I woke up and went to work as normal. It was a cold Friday and I was looking forward to working on a streaming MP3 jukebox server I'd been building with Flash and Java. I had no idea what was going to happen that day. I worked for a company called marchFIRST, which had only months before boasted a roster of 10,000 employees around the world. I remember the early days very...
on Oct 25, 2003
There are two subtle but unique resources in open source which, if acquired and carefully leveraged, can give your business a leg up over some of the big players in the market. One of these resources is control over the copyright of the software. The other is control over the brand. Both of these resources are incredibly important over the lifetime of a successful software project but are often...
on Oct 21, 2003