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You would think with all the trash talk going on, its all about Java vs. C#, (or J2EE vs. .NET), and modern development process like refactoring. LAMP is often left out of many conversations. However, LAMP is a big contender for a share of the web market. Many Mac owners might be familiar with DealMac. A grad student, who spent his time gathering info on Mac deals and then publishing his...
on Jun 14, 2004
Well, the earlier blather about the potential of open-sourcing Java seems to be squashed by this report. The biggest thing, IMHO, is Gosling's quote implying that there is a serious discussion about this going on inside Sun.
on Jun 5, 2004
The May monthly report has been posted in the java-net project's file sharing section in the Monthly Reports folder. Here are some highlights: membership rose to over 52,000 members. The project list grew by 66 new projects to 931. The new Java Enterprise Community was launched. The Java Education and Learning Community (JELC) was launched and combines the efforts of the existing...
on Jun 4, 2004
Gee, could this be any more wishy-washy? This article in the Inquirer quotes Sun's Java Technology Evangelist, Raghavan Srinivas saying that there will be an open sourced version of Java: "It might be today, tomorrow or two years down the road." Ah, the original source article has a bit more information.
on Jun 3, 2004
Last week I blogged on my day-to-day experiences at BEA eWorld. Now I am ready to reflect on what I learned. It’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of the moment when you attend a conference. The shiny baubles, the bells and whistles, the inspired evangelists and the cunning pitchmen all contribute to a pleasant stupor where all is well and no problem is without a solution. Fortunately...
on Jun 3, 2004
Over this past weekend, I took the family to Durango. Most of the time, I was a good boy, and dutiful father. No near drownings on the Piedra or Animas. No mountain bike overnights down the Colorado trail. Not even a difficult hike. In fact, my body is in no condition to do any of these things... But I did break away from the wife and kids for just long enough to do a 22-mile ride down Hermosa...
on Jun 3, 2004
FISL is the most important event about free software in Brazil. People from different countries come to attend sessions about free software such as Linux, PHP and others. As Java is starting to get more attention from the open source and free software community, there will be some talks about it in the main track. Besides that, SouJava, the largest JUG in Brazil, which I am proud to help to...
on May 28, 2004
I just took part in an exciting meeting at the MediaLab Europe, in Dublin. Representatives of the Ministries of Education of thirty countries were there, discussing the future of distance learning, broadband access in all classrooms, and the level of government support for sharing curriculum. I'll write more about what Seymour Papert, Nicoloas Negroponte, and a host of others had to say in a...
on May 26, 2004
Day One: I have to admit that I will always accept any excuse to visit San Franciso, so I jumped at the chance when my boss asked if anyone should attend this years BEA eWorld. Compared to Austin, San Francisco's weather is down right chilly. I knew I was going to have a good time as soon as I saw folks pulling on sweaters and jackets. Austin's been realtively cool so far this year, but it's...
on May 25, 2004
For the most part, SubEthaEdit is just a tidy little editor that runs only on Mac OS X. However, it's claim to fame is the fact that it supports concurrent editing of documents by multiple people. SubEthaEdit is a fascinating tool for collaborative editing things like conference notes or, heaven forbid, source code (i.e., pair programming where you don't have to strain your neck peering over...
on May 19, 2004
The third day of the TSS symposium was short – the last session ended at 4:45pm. This was definitely a Good Thing; no matter how much of a geek you are, Saturday night in Las Vegas has quite a bit of traction. And, after three nights of little sleep and the second requisite hangover, I must admit that I was happy that the final day had arrived. The morning started with a "Communities,...
on May 18, 2004
I began the second day of TheServerSide symposium with the morning's Power of Patterns keynote by Compuware's Mike Burba. In front of a full room, Mike discussed patterns as a general concept beyond the basic GoF and J2EE patterns we often think about. He defined them as common solutions to common problems in a given context, noting that they exist at the domain, platform and application levels....
on May 17, 2004
Vote for you favorite entries in Sun's JavaMasters programming contest. Voting closes at the end of this month.
on May 12, 2004
This is the story of my first day at TheServerSide (TSS) Symposium, which was at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas (where I also stayed). If you haven't heard of the Venetian, it's one of the biggest and most "luxurious" hotels in Vegas. This only my second time in Vegas (the last time was 14 years ago) but from what I can tell, the Venetian's theme (Venice) errs more on the side of luxury than...
on May 12, 2004
In a recent posting on my personal blog, I commented on the different kinds of postings people make to blogs. On our internal blogs at Sun, I stumbled across a good reflection by a colleague (and related comments by others) on a weblog I'd not previously encountered (I'd spotted comments like those made by James Tauber, but only because of Technorati - I had to work at it). The problem with...
on May 12, 2004
For those looking for some reference information on Java development, this lab takes a user through elements of setting up Eclipse, checking out a project using CVS, running and deploying a project using Ant, and running a web service over Tomcat/Axis from both Java and Perl clients. Includes information and implementation of good design elements using both Log4J and JUnit. Access the lab here
on May 5, 2004
So it's been a week and I've seen a lot of response to my last entry. One commentor in particular asked for a point by point rebuttal; which struck me as a spectacularly good idea. Here are the bulk of the arguments and my responses. The Arguments Java isn't Free / Open Source / GPL / RMS-friendly Why use Java when there are plenty of native languages / environments to choose from. Java is...
on May 3, 2004
I'm going to try to really tackle the issue of opensourcing Java and state my opinion of why it's a bad idea. Then I'll propose a way would could do it without all of the problems. It's a long one but please read to the end and provide your feedback. This is an issue that many feel strongly about and has the potential to influence Java's long term future. And as a career Java developer, it's...
on May 3, 2004
One developer, 2 modifications A developer has made 2 modifications, one to a client class, and a second to component classes. The client and component classes are packaged separately, but deployed together. When the developer tries to run the application, a "NoSuchMethodError" exception is thrown. The "NoSuchMethodError" problem is a common one seen by developers new to Java. The exception...
on May 3, 2004
I fear that most programmers (myself included) usually think of the word "legacy" as something bad, as in the following article: Do your customers have legacy COBOL applications written around the time King Nebuchadnezzar II built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Legacy doesn't have to be a bad word, as is seen in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: leg•a...
on Apr 30, 2004