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For some time now I went on the Agile programming bandwagon convinced that it was the next best thing since sliced bread. After a sustained year of practicing it, I am off the wagon. It is annoying, superficial and doesn't necessarily produce better results than traditional programming. My problems with Agile programming. -- Without a design up front, you are shooting in the dark hoping that what...
on Oct 2, 2005
So I've just been setup as a web-logger on the Java.Net environment. I'm really excited about this opportunity to get more involved in the Java.Net community. I have personal interests in massively distributed computing (which certainly bias' me towards Java, Jini and Jxta), and I'm a Mac head and really enjoy my Mac (which makes Java even more enjoyable). I'm launching a new community soon,...
on Oct 1, 2005
I saw a strange headline that "C# seems to be the only .NET language that is going to stay" http://www.tiobe.com/tpci.htm In the TIOBE search results this was based on its rise to 3.2% in their index compared to the declining 6.5% of Visual Basic. I had to stare at their graph to even see the C# line so this is a pretty far out statement to me! Java is back at #1, reclaiming from C. Infact...
on Sep 28, 2005
Two blog entries have made me come back from work induced blog hibernation. First, Chris bloged about how Coding skills are no longer enough in his daily blog. In response, John Reynolds says that "If you learn to communicate with your business people, and you treat them with respect... your odds of keeping your job will dramatically improve (and you might even make a few more friends)." Hmm true...
on Sep 22, 2005
In Chris Adamson's blog entry "Why don't you get a job?", he suggests that "In the future, you may be not just a J2EE developer, or even a J2EE web app developer, but instead a J2EE financial web app developer, or a J2EE medical web app developer, or a J2EE media web app developer, etc.". Fear not my business adverse readers, there's another option... It is not necessary that you choose a...
on Sep 21, 2005
I was poking around recently and found out that JavaOne in San Francisco isn't the only big time party/conference for Java enthusiasts. It turns out that the Chinese like a little Java fun too. In what may be the biggest Java conference in the world, JavaChina took place just this week! I can't believe I missed it. Sounds like it was huge...as in simultaneous conferences in 8 cities across China...
on Sep 16, 2005
... an RFI has been published and the deadline for response is 2005 Nov 14. I'm writing this from the 2005 Sep OMG meeting in Atlanta, where an initial RFP is being hammered out. You can download the RFI and get more details here: http://www.jcx.systronix.com/OmgRobotics.html Anyone with practical knowledge of robotics is welcome to respond -- you don't have to be an OMG member. My company,...
on Sep 13, 2005
"I think OOPSLA is the best d*mned programming conference in the world: there is nothing else like it. OOPSLA is where people learn what they need today—and learn what they will be doing tomorrow. This is as true for programmers in the trenches as it is for researchers and academics and educators." [Long-time OOPSLA Attendee / Iconoclast] OOPSLA was founded in 1986 by the earliest of early...
on Sep 12, 2005
Jacob Hookam writes in his blog: "Ruby on Rails: love it or hate it, but it does have a lot of fresh ideas." I admit to RoR envy (It's fun, powerful and innovative) but I am more likely to actually use Facelets (in my work). Facelets doesn't have any fresh ideas (to speak of). It's the improvement of an existing framework (JSF) by the application of other's innovations (Tapestry et. al.). In...
on Sep 9, 2005
Sun's software developer forums, which span award-winning tools to runtimes to desktop to Java technology, is a must for developers. The only prerequisite is that you join Sun Developer Network as a member. That membership is free. After logging in to a forum, you can read the exchanges, post a topic, or join the conversations. Remember, Sun's engineering teams--who develop the software--...
on Sep 2, 2005
AJAX has rekindled my interest in Javascript, and much to my delight there are a lot of great library resources out there... Rico Prototype script.aculo.us Dojo A lot of very talented folks have done some great work on these libraries, and they have dispelled any notions I might have had that Javascript is crippled or ugly. DHTML is way more poweful then I had imagined, and way more...
on Sep 1, 2005
A better abstraction When I graduated engineering in 1987, Fortran was still part of Engineer in Training (EIT) exam. Due to the EIT, each class in engineering had at least one computer assignment. The professor expected the program to be written in Fortran, and the engineering department provided access to a PRIME system. However by 1986 I was using business departments' 286 computers and...
on Aug 29, 2005
In a CNet News.com article, Simon Phipps is quoted as saying: "If you think Sun is doing something that is clueless, you can e-mail ombudsman@sun.com and have an impartial individual look at your complaint or comment and, where possible, act on it". That's an amazing statement... it seems that Open Source is also inspiring Open Mailboxes. Kudus to Simon and Sun.
on Aug 19, 2005
Romain Guy's blog "Get to love web development" chronicles his growing love for the Wicket web component framework... and I must admit that I am very tempted to take the plunge... but my first reaction was to ask the obvious questions: Why another Java web component framework? Why not evolve (fix) one of the existing web component frameworks? Tapestry's Howard Lewis Ship had a slightly...
on Aug 12, 2005
In my previous entry I talked about Wicket, a cool Java web framework (I can't stress that enough it seems :). As I was writing my praises I was almost certain someone would raise the old and annoying subject of duplicate effort. It turns out that the very first post fulfilled my expectations. In the case of Wicket, the point made by a some readers here was that Wicket's guys would better work on...
on Aug 12, 2005
Sometimes you are surprised when you find someone in the world has the same passions as you. This time it is in the Philippines. One of our newest projects in the GELC is JEDI. JEDI is short for Java Education & Development Initiative. Quite a mouth full, so JEDI is a much better name. But what is JEDI all about? The initiative is a partnership between the University of the Philippines...
on Aug 9, 2005
Speaking of the undisputed master of short stories O.Henry, Henry James Forman said this "It is idle to compare O.Heny with anybody. The combination of technical excellence with whimsical sparkling wit, abundant humor, and fertile invention is so rare that the reader is content without comparisons." Except for the different medium those words ring true for the inimitable talent of Damian Conway...
on Aug 1, 2005
To follow up to my previous blog about the desire for irc.java.net, I'd like to talk about using Project JXTA in the interim (and perhaps indefinately, if people like it) to fill the gap. Shortly after posting the above blog, I was contacted by James Todd about the possibility of using MyJXTA as a distributed chat service. I tried it out, and it seems to fit the bill pretty well. So, I've...
on Jul 28, 2005
FishEye is up and running for GlassFish. FishEye delivers a unified view of your source repository that provides easy navigation, powerful search, historical reporting, configurable file annotation and diff views, change-set analysis, RSS feeds, and integration with your issue tracker. GlassFish just started to support FishEye for its CVS repository and folks are finding this very useful. You...
on Jul 27, 2005
It has been a while since I have attended an Austin Java Users Group meeting, but since java.net luminary Eitan Suez was presenting, how could I miss it? The evening began with a presentation by Gregg Sporar on the Matisse layout tools that will appear in future releases of Netbeans. Funny how this topic came on the heels of recent blogs warning us to "Beware the GUI Builder"... I did not come...
on Jul 27, 2005