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on Feb 15, 2004
We all know the feeling of post conference-idous, when you need to decompress from all of the exciting things you learned about and figure out what was real and what was just flat out cool. After attending ETech, I thought, why decompress when we can just continue to transform. This conference has been like the weather in the States in Denver, CO. For those of us who live here, we know it’s...
on Feb 13, 2004
Way back in July 2003 I blogged about palmOne licensing IBM's J2ME implementation (WME) for its Tungsten devices. Tungstens with built in Java support are now in use, but as I noted back in that blog: When will all Palm devices, much less all Palm OS based devices, include a built in Java runtime, not just the Tungstens? Time will tell, but my gut says very soon: If they don't, they'll suffer...
on Feb 13, 2004
According to this EWeek article, Sun has a promotion through June, 2004 wherein a purchase of Sun's Java Studio Enterprise product subscription also gets you an AMD Opteron-based SunFire server. The catch is that the subscription cost is $1500 per year with what looks like a 3 year commitment. I do like the switch to focusing on the hardware as a support for the software.
on Feb 11, 2004
I feel like I'm swimming upstream against a tide of derision from my peers, but unlike so many who disagreed with Jonathan Schwartz's recent article/editorial/advertisement on JDJ, I think what Jonathan said makes a lot of sense. What company in the world wants to invest time and money in creating custom, one-off IT systems which are completely orthogonal to its core business efforts? The status...
on Feb 10, 2004
Check out my Artima blog entry on the case study of JSR 166: Concurrency Utilities.
on Feb 10, 2004


Back in September Allen Holub said that accessors are evil, there was also a long thread on TSS about Allen's article. Then very recently Cedric Beust posted that he thought accessors are here to stay and that Allen Holub was all wrong (I tend to agree with Cedric on accessors but Allen did make a couple of good points). Which all seem to have very little to do with JSF I know but... Consider...
on Feb 14, 2004
Java Developer Journal is running a press release, er, article about Sun's latest marcom that "Middleware is History". I suppose this phrase is in reaction to IBM's "Middleware is Everywhere" (witness the dueling billboards on Highway 101), but I don't think they're sending a positive message. The followups posted to this article are near universally negative. I realize that Sun is going...
on Feb 10, 2004
Version 1.0 of the XWork command processing framework and version 2.0 of the WebWork web application framework (which is built on top of XWork) have been released.
on Feb 9, 2004


Eric S. Raymond has posted an open letter to Sun on the topic of open source and Java. With typical ESR directness, he tells Sun that they need to choose between ubiquity or control. They can't have it both ways. I'm generally in agreement with Eric on this one. I think Java needs to be open sourced to survive. James Gosling has even made favorable statements about open-sourcing Java. The...
on Feb 13, 2004
This place is a riot. I met three people today that said, “Well I was only coming for Monday, but this is so cool I decided to stay for Tuesday. Now it’s Wednesday, and I think I’ll stay till tomorrow.” That’s the kind of energy going on around here at ETech. While it’s hard to admit, the Redmond machine has some pretty interesting stuff going on in the labs. As Marc Smith, from Microsoft...
on Feb 11, 2004
There are times when it’s fun to be a geek, and then there are times when it’s great to be a geek. I go to a lot of conferences throughout the year, and I have to say, if there is only one conference that I get to pick to go to, it’s going to be ETech. It is the very reason why it’s great to be a geek. If you are only interested in what goes on within the walls of your cube, don’t bother reading...
on Feb 11, 2004
O’Reilly has gathered quite the diverse crowd at the Emerging Tech conference this week taking place in San Diego. Where else could you be exposed to a digital democracy teach-in and relativistic time dilation in the same place? Alpha geeks, start your engines.It was quite the interesting first day kicking off with leading edge technical tutorial sessions and a packed room of about 400 political...
on Feb 9, 2004
JSR 133 -- Java Memory Model and Thread Specification Revision has been released for public review. Note that the review period ends on March 7, 2004 so check it out and submit your comments sooner rather than later.
on Feb 9, 2004
My last blog entry, "You can make EJB better" generated a lot of feedback from developers on and I waited until Sunday night to review them so that people would have enough time to post their comments. What struck me, after counting and grouping relevant posts, was that the developer community desperately desires a simpler programming model for EJB. In particular...
on Feb 9, 2004
According to a NYTimes article, the US administration has decided not to use the SERVE e-voting system in the fall elections. According to Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz: "The department has decided not to use SERVE in the November 2004 elections. We made this decision in view of the inability to ensure legitimacy of votes, thereby bringing into doubt the integrity of the election...
on Feb 8, 2004


'Tis true; for those that she makes fair she scarce makes honest, and those that she makes honest she makes very ill-favouredly-As You Like It, Act I, Scene ii As much as I hear people talking about "a renewed interest in Java on the desktop", I hear just as many differences in basic assumptions about what we want or expect from these applications. Conversations with other authors and webloggers...
on Feb 13, 2004
As I said, I'm back with more on the new JDK 1.5. There is a new package called java.lang.instrument that allows you to intercept a class before being loaded and modify its bytecode, for example (can I hear standard entry point for AOP support? :-P). Well, let's use it for something different: measuring the size of some objects. Here is the code: import java.lang.instrument.*;import java.util.*;...
on Feb 5, 2004

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Whitespace is a language whose syntax comprises only the whitespace characters space, tab, and linefeed.
on Feb 8, 2004


If you've ever diagnosed a bug in a web application, you've undoubtedly experienced annoyance digging through a list of fifteen exception stack traces trying to identify the one you're interested in (if it's even present), or a sinking feeling when you tailed the web server log only to find:   java.lang.NullPointerException I sure have. The output to the browser client helps even less,...
on Feb 6, 2004