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If Java powers 4.5 billion devices including 800 million computers, 1.5 billion mobile devices and 2.2 billion smart cards, then more people use Java than the number of people who have EVER tasted Coca Cola ONCE. Relatively speaking, Java is unknown. Why?
on Apr 24, 2007
If you're a Windows user, you have a choice to make. Which version of Windows Vista do you need or want? Will you choose Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise? Oh, and don't forget Home Starter for those emerging markets...not available in the U.S. or other strong economies. As Java developers, we can't make a perfect comparison. Vista is more like a consumer product, and...
on Feb 5, 2007
It's ironic that one of my old associates from O'Reilly gave me a blog tag, especially since I don't maintain an active blog. (Working from home with a toddler and a newborn doesn't give me much free time anymore.) In a way, I wanted to treat this as a chain letter, but I've seen a few people answer this around, so I decided to give it a chance. Also, I guess I should get back into the...
on Jan 12, 2007
Last month the article Getting Sun Certified on the Java Platform appeared on the Java developer site. That article made me start thinking...when's the last time you saw a job ad that asked for a specific certification? When I peruse job ads (it's sort of a hobby of mine), I notice the frequent request for a particular university degree (a BS in CS or maybe a MS in CS). However, I don't think I...
on Jan 9, 2007
I blogged a couple of years ago that Sun just didn't understand what their customers want, with the specific example of looking for Java support that I was expecting to pay for. Well, now that support is available at . It's resonably priced - well actually its dead cheap if you do any decent amount of Java development. And I wasn't even...
on Jan 3, 2007
At the FOSS4G conference I was charmed to see a bunch of cross project hacking ... in the form of a meeting about "Tiling". The result of this meeting is just now been made available: WMS_Tiling_Client_Recommendation The origional that I linked to earlier is here: Tile Map Service Specification (thanks to Schyler for the correction). While this is an exciting concept, the excitement has spread...
on Nov 2, 2006
Lee Gomes in his Wall Street Journal commentary, Some "Breakthroughs" Deserve That Title— But Definitely Not All, raised the point that the word breakthrough has been too widely adopted in press-release headlines by high-tech companies. We're experiencing "breakthrough inflation," he wrote. Interesting comment.Gomes concluded that Sun's DTrace, which I mentioned in a previous blog as being...
on Oct 3, 2006
The real motives why industry analysts love to predict Java fall... and why they will spend another 10+ years being proven wrong. When I found a YAAPJF (Yet Another Article Predicting Java Fall) featured on Java.Net, I though it would, for a change, provide useful insights on the problems we Java developers would have to deal with during the next years, as technology creates new opportunities,...
on Sep 29, 2006
I have, quite recently, switched to a new position at the company for whom I work. Previously, I had been in a strange sort of role; officially a team lead for our web development group, but realistically much closer to a traditional web developer position. I say strange, because this wasn't what I was hired to do, but was invariably the best way I could contribute to my organization. One thing...
on Jun 29, 2006
After several years of comfortable positions in Brazil I'm revisiting the world of the job hunting. After two months trying job hunting portals - and tired to re-type my CV in several different formats - I started thinking about innovative ways to demonstrate my abilities to the prospective employers. This blog entry is a laboratory about curriculum vitae formats. It discusses the way people...
on May 31, 2006
The last day of JavaOne 2006 began much like the first day of JavaOne 1996, with the intrepid Scott McNealy providing comic relief, pithy comments and yet another top ten list. There was something melancholy about Scooter this year, though, during his first JavaOne appearance as the former CEO of Sun Microsystems. McNealy is a master of the stage. His quick wit and engaging smile never fail...
on May 19, 2006
Still enjoying a market cap over $100 billion despite a rocky market the past few weeks, Google is nearly as well capitalized as IBM, and over 8 times that of Sun. The extent to which stock price is an indicator of the inner beauty in a firm, the Google successful business model has been the it girl of the past two years. Where once Sun was the dot in dot com, Google has now become the connector...
on May 18, 2006
At JavaOne earlier this week, I took in TS-5540,
on May 18, 2006
Field of Themes
on May 16, 2006
What themes may come must give us pause... The night before: The theme at JavaOne this year (one of the themes) seems to be "The Power of Java." At least that's what appears to be the prominent theme walking in the Moscone Center the night before the official start of the events. It's a little difficult to say how many themes will come from JavaOne this year. The "Age of Participation"...
on May 16, 2006
As JavaOne 2006 officially starts today, there are lots of excited attendees floating around with lots of questions in their heads: How do I write Java code to deal with all of these new multi-core chips? How do I create Java-based web services quickly and easily? Who's giving out the cool schwag? Where are the parties worth going to? What sessions should I attend? Is Ruby (and Ruby on...
on May 16, 2006
Has it been a year? Actually, no, it's been eleven months since the last Moscone soiree. Eleven months ago, the eleventh JavaOne, eleven years in the standard solar cycle ... this year should be interesting for a lot of reasons. I will try to find eleven of them. So, is there anything in particular you would like to see this intrepid blogger cover at the J1 festivities this year? I can't make...
on May 12, 2006
Yes, it's true. Scott "Scooter" McNealy is stepping down as CEO of Sun Microsystems. Sun may be doing better than previously but it's still losing real money. Worse, it lost most of its mindshare over the last 6 years. Jonathan Schwartz will continue as President and become the top dog. Personally, I think this is a really good move. Jonathan has embraced a much more clueful approach,...
on Apr 24, 2006
A recent article in Network World, 20 People Who Changed the Industry, addresses not only their accomplishments, but also shines a light on a lot of the dazzling history of high technology that has dramatically changed our lives.The bow to Scott McNealy cites his belief in the network being the computer and revolutionary leadership of the Java programming language. Radia Perlman, distinguished...
on Apr 4, 2006