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In my first blog entry at, I wrote on August 09, 2003 that "Logic is the foundation of philosophy." I now know that this is most untrue. This is as untrue as anything I've ever said or written, moreso because it undergirded two years of feverish research. Logic is a formal, mechanically limited contraction of reason. Mechanics and logic exist in what the geometer Bernhardt Riemann...
on Nov 6, 2005
For me, JDO is all about simplicity. I don't want to sit and worry too much about database schemes and such--I need a really quick solution to a simple persistence problem, and JDO's my personal favorite for that sort of thing. I can't (and won't) comment on solutions to more complex problems at this time. Overcoming JPox integration hurdles was slightly challenging for me--and I consider...
on Jun 2, 2005
The best software engineers I know make writing code the central part of their day. Like playing a sport or a musical instrument, writing software requires first that you show up. While the three of us were having coffee, a friend of mine once asked Dain Sundstrom how long it would take to become a really good Java developer. Dain's answer was "six hours . . . every single day." You'd be amazed...
on Jan 27, 2004
It doesn't make sense to clutter the action API with accessor methods for these values in a class meant to abstract actions from the framework, so I just have a generic accessor for the mdbean. Then the classes that need it can just pull the values directly out of the MDBean. If there was a way to synch the internal values with the IDE, I'd be set. What I couldn't figure out before was how IoC...
on Jan 27, 2004
So far, so good. First of all, traffic on the Geronimo-dev list has been incredible. Literally hundreds of developers have launched themselves into the Geronimo-dev mailing lists. Each week there are nearly five hundred posts to the dev list. Andy Oliver stirred up some trouble for us by calling up HONOR, an American Indian advocacy group located right here in Minneapolis. I'm currently...
on Sep 4, 2003
Several years ago I was working on a system for modelling and simulating social pressure. The idea was that actions have repercussions and that I could build dynamic ecosystems staffed with characters of differing social power. The pressure system would stimulate social interaction between criminals, the wealthy corporate elite, impoverished citizens and various authorities in a cyberpunk RPG...
on Aug 20, 2003
Logic is the foundation of philosophy. It's also the foundation of Computer Science. I think it's interesting how some in the IT industry try to brand IT as a purely pragmatic field, in that charming American "we don't trust academics" sort of way. But in reality, pragmatics seems to play a minor role in developer's minds. I've seen some pretty wild ideas just looking for a practical use. Many...
on Aug 9, 2003