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First, I apologize for my long absence from blogging at java.net. I have a busy job as Chief Architect at No Magic. I do talks at conventions, training, run development in three countries (Lithuania, Thailand, and the US), and sing and dance for customers. Kind of hard to get time to blog on my passions of P2P and Java. So without further ado, no more excuses. Lots of people assume you can...
on Apr 11, 2005
Every coin has two sides... I recently blogged a lament regarding obstacles to the use LGPL'ed software, but that pales in comparison to Jonathan Schwartz's recent assertion: (the GPL)"exports a form of IP colonialism to nations seeking to create their own means of production.". Here's the other side of that coin: If you are a small software provider, like JBoss for example, the GNU licenses...
on Apr 8, 2005
Do you have a people page in the java.net People Wiki? I do Do you even know what I'm talking about? By that, I mean do you know what the people wiki is?! Does your people page have enough useful information on it to make it valuable to you and others? Mine doesn't, but I promise I will do as I say after this blog.... ;) The java.net people wiki is a member maintained wiki for java.net...
on Apr 7, 2005
(pictures in the blog are from Grenoble, France, where I spent last week helping some folks with NetBeans module projects) A few months ago, I had an idea to write a newsreader plugin for NetBeans. So I looked around for a handy JavaMail NNTP provider. There was one out there, part of a project called Knife, which pointed me at ClasspathX, where I downloaded the sources, tried to build it (...
on Apr 5, 2005
We have another crop of new projects. This week we have learning with orangutans, a study group using Java, the implementation of a belief-system algorithm, and a system for managing a volunteer organization. Take a look at these great projects and lend a hand to help them start. Orangutan A game for learning using https://orangutan.dev.java.net/ Owner: kauzet@dev.java.net A game for learning...
on Apr 5, 2005
My wife and I are not the most practical people in the world. We live in Austin, which is in central Texas, and my wife’s family lives in El Paso, which is as far west as you can go in Texas (El Paso is actually closer to Los Angeles CA then it is to Houston TX). Roughly 500 miles west of Austin and 200 miles east of El Paso there is a desert mountain range called the Davis Mountains. Its...
on Apr 1, 2005
I was in a meeting the other day where one of my colleagues joked about a manager at our company who insists on calling our staff "Programmers" rather then "Software Engineers". I responded that I had once been an "Engineer", but now I was just a "Conductor". A friend chimed in that she's just a "Brakeman". All this was said in good fun, but a lot of truth is said in jest. My job (my real job,...
on Mar 31, 2005
A few Java community leaders were invited to participate in a summit organized by Microsoft and Rick Ross, the founder of JavaLobby, created presentation about it. No matter if you like, dislike or hate Microsoft the presentation is worthwhile to be listened to. I have to admit that I am guilty of bitching about Microsoft at many occasions but I was burned by Microsoft too many times....
on Mar 24, 2005
A few months ago I was interviewing at another company (they called during a bad week :-) and one interviewer pulled the classic "find the hidden bug in some tricky code" stunt. In the past I have played along with this nonsense, but this time I refused to find the one bug and instead rewrote the whole method in a simpler way. This led to a long argument on why I refactored the code -- it turns...
on Mar 21, 2005
I sent the googlezon movie John Mitchell posted on his blog last week to a few friends. My wife thought it was pretty cool/scary/etc and started some snooping in her down time. She pointed me to this incredibly scary story about what happens when software goes wrong, the story of the Error 54 on the Therac-25. As scary as the fictional look at our googlezon future is, the real-life current state...
on Mar 14, 2005
Dick Wall's articles on "Integrating Sun Java Studio Creator Into Your Development Process" have got me thinking again on reasons why a lot of software turns out bad. Perhaps we've made it too easy to write software. Dick found that the quality of his team's work actually degraded when they switched from using multiple tools (Visual Basic for the UI and Java IDE for the back-end) to a single...
on Mar 14, 2005
Four new projects in the GELC to challenge your thinking. This week we have some high performance computing, a computer algebra system, a resource for Brazilians, and a venture into the hospitality arena to create a room rental system. Take a look at the projects, listed below, and join them if you are interested. If they get you thinking about something different, please propose your own...
on Mar 14, 2005
Last August I posted a blog on setting up a project on http://java.net. I spent a paragraph on how I posted my project's JavaDoc API. I've worked with that solution for seven months, but I'm not really happy with it. I'd like to ask the people who run java.net for a better way, but I'm not sure exactly what to ask for. The Problems with using CVS for JavaDoc I have two problems with using CVS...
on Mar 8, 2005
Tapestry seems to be one of the latest technologies coming out of the Apache/Jakarta community that is gaining steam. Tapestry lets you build web applications with objects, methods and properties instead of URLs and query parameters. But like many open source projects, it needs a little help. In order to fill the documentation and understanding gap, John Reynolds (johnreynolds@dev.java.net)...
on Mar 6, 2005
JActionGroup2has several different aspects from rapid development with J2E to using the Spring framework for presentation, an information platform using Spring, Ibatis, and Webwork. It also includes an all-purpose ACL model with AOP , web layer caching with caching (on Webwork). On top of all this, because the owner is in Shanghai, there is a translation of documentation from English to Chinese...
on Mar 6, 2005
Rod Johnson  - Agile J2EE has saved the J2EE platform from destroying itself via    its own best practices (blueprints).  - AOP     Not growing as fast as he expected, but it will continue to grow    AspectJ 5.0 will be the definitive AOP framework going forward    Standardization?      Hard to see the...
on Mar 4, 2005
To round out the day's sessions, I attended two from Cameron Purdy of Tangosol. His first, on peer to peer, was quite excellent, though I expect many found it rudimentary. I, having been so focused on Faces in recent years, found it very informative. It was nice to go back to my old days as a network programmer at NCSA when he talked about IP multicast and its applications to clustering....
on Mar 4, 2005
In less than 100 days after the release of the open-source browser, Firefox downloads exceeded 25 million. Firefox now holds 4.8% of the browser market, compared to Microsoft Internet Explorer's 92.7%. Much of Mozilla's success is founded on the woes of IE. However, there is much more to the browser space than security problems and market share. Browsers can be thought about in multiple ways...
on Mar 3, 2005
I am here in Las Vegas at the 2005 TSSJS and trying to use my Dell Axim X5 to compose this blog entry... this worked well for me at last summer's Bea World, but since then java.net has upgraded their blogging software to the Moveable Type platform. Much to my dismay, Moveable Type doesn't work with pocket IE. That's not unique to Moveable Type, blogger and gmail doen't work with Pocket IE either...
on Mar 3, 2005
JDO passes, without no votes. Of course, the abstain votes from IBM, Oracle and JBoss are thinly veiled no-votes. Still, when you combine this vote with those for the combined persistence API that effectively breaks persistence out of EJB 3, we're likely to have much better persistence alternatives in the Java space, and sooner rather than later. Still, there never should have been a second vote...
on Mar 1, 2005