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The Kodak v. Sun suit has gone against Sun. This is hard evidence that the software patent system is deeply broken. I know this isn't news; you probably already knew. One approach is to think that software patents are just plain wrong. Maybe so, but this isn't obvious to me. Patents have protected other technologies, and they might be able to handle software. Software patents as currently...
on Oct 7, 2004
My old friend Peter Karlsson (formerly of Sun) recently wrote to say he had gotten married in Singapore (which is itself of rite of passage) and had also joined the ranks at Micro$oft. I was pleased to learn of his wedded bliss, and naturally a little saddened by the M$-gig news ... having once evangelized with him on behalf of Sun and Java, it was troubling to learn that Peter had had to...
on Oct 1, 2004
SAKAI Release Candidate 2 It's not fair to evaluate the current release candidate against the goals of the SAKAI program. It is widely accepted that these aims will not be realized until version 2.0 in the spring/summer of next year. The current release is a snapshot of the code base that will be deployed at the leading SAKAI contributing universities. This fact alone is a testament to the...
on Sep 10, 2004
JXTATM For Business… Proven! Well, I keep saying that JXTA™ is where business needs to go to make a buck. Companies are indeed listening. 312 Inc. has just released a new JXTA product called LeanOnMe. LeanOnMe is a Peer-to-Peer off site backup tool. Simply, you choose the files you want backed up and choose another computer in the 312 Inc. peer network and your files can be...
on Aug 21, 2004
The walls of Mordor My 6 year old daughter was fascinated watching me watch this little guy taking a ring somewhere. As I have watched all the three films it was kind of a deja vu for her. Her question was where is this guy taking this ring to. And she wanted to see where he is going to drop it. She was not really concerned about the emotion in the middle. She just wanted to see the scene where...
on Aug 11, 2004
Eric Chabrow recently contributed an article to Information Week in which he analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics specific to IT professionals. Some 160,000 fewer Americans identify themselves as IT professionals as was the case in 2001. At the same time, the total U.S. employment in IT fell from 3.5 million to 3.2 million -- shrinking some 7...
on Aug 9, 2004
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
I left the employ of Sun Microsystems in November of 2002, after nearly 9 years of service, the final 6 of which were spent traveling our fair globe with the heady title of "Technology Evangelist." Two decades spent in software development, dating back to the initial emergence of UNIX in the commercial environment (I remember tearing apart an early Sun 68000-based workstation running BSD in...
on Jul 15, 2004
I generate my website using a local servlet container and JSP pages converting text source to html pages, then I upload all the pages to the server. Inspired by reading Cleaning Your Web Pages with HTML Tidy, I decided it was about time I had my HTML validated. But I wanted to do it as an integral part of the build process, not as an afterthought. That way, if HTML errors crept in to the pages...
on Jul 14, 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
The "elephant" article that java.net published last week was probably my favorite that I've ever written. Your responses made me work. After hundreds of blogs, e-mails, forums and phone calls, I'm still amazed that it struck such passionate feelings from my audience. (In an amusing twist of fate, Amazon chose that week to report that my new book, Better, Faster, Lighter Java, had not yet shipped...
on Jun 23, 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
Offshoring accelerating, layoffs left and right, doom, gloom, oh me, oh my. And yet, I just landed a terrific job at a great startup (thanks Jason). The work's interesting, I'm learning lots of new stuff and the people there are top-knotch. I'm starting to get nuisance email solicitations from recruiters again. My independent consultant friends are complaing that they've got too much work....
on May 25, 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