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J2SE

Yes indeed, you know the cluetrain has left the station when perennial favorite, Doug Lea, has his Concurrency talk scheduled in one of the tiny session rooms. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense at a developer conference. The best suggestion that I heard to help make up for it would be to make Doug's talk available online for free -- instead of having to fork out $40 (on top of the conference fee!)...
on Jun 10, 2003
I just sat through several sessions on the new features in J2SE 1.5 as well as 1.4.2. Here are some disconnected thoughts on what I've heard.... Auto-Update for JRE: This seemed to be a big deal. Apparently, it was supposed to be released in 1.4.2, but was delayed to some serious bugs. I have very mixed feelings on this. I think its great that you can update the VM on users machines, don't get me...
on Jun 10, 2003

Community

<blog rant> Alas, in the rush to talk about other things, our weblogs.java.net community wasn't even mentioned during the java.net announcement at this morning's keynote. Sigh. </blog rant>
on Jun 10, 2003
I'm taking the chance to roam the exhibit hall today and just bumped into my friend Neil Bauman of GeekCruises, who is here promoting events like his Java Jam. I've been a speaker at a couple of his events, and both times have been memorable. Neil's idea is to run training events that deliver the very best speakers (like Sun's Kathy Sierra, whose new book is being well received), provide a...
on Jun 10, 2003
The last few years I have been privileged to moderate a round-table discussion between the leaders of the J2EE community, hosted by JavaPro magazine. Each year I'm struck by the way there is a diverse competitive landscape for Java. This year the diversity was as strong as ever, with great participants like Ted Shelton from Borland (leading their corporate strategy), Graham Hamilton from Sun (the...
on Jun 10, 2003

Business

NOT! Jonathan Schwartz "channeled" Xtina at this morning's keynote. For a few seconds there, he really had the audience believing that Christina Aguilera was a surprise guest. Schwartz played off the let down with: "We're just a bunch of geeks." Aguilera has gotten onto the Java bandwagon with the launch of the new consumer Java technology portal where she's helping to promote the notion of Java...
on Jun 10, 2003

Deployment

OK. So how does canoo work? Basically, you write to this proprietary component set. Its very similar to Swing. Then you deploy the whole app to a sever. To run it, they have a generic Java client that runs your application. At the booth, they were running through web start. On to the beef! Canoo says that the main benefit is that the client to server communcation is simple because all...
on Jun 10, 2003

Databases

JavaOne always means two things for me - first, make a list of stuff to check out as soon as the conference is over, and second, buying a lot of books at the bookstore at the end of the show as a treat. This year, I'm making my "to do" list public, a sort of meandering of the developer's mind as I wander the show. It's not so much about the product announcements as it is the little wheels...
on Jun 10, 2003

Web Services and XML

Styles of Integration: REST Versus Web Services Architecture Paraphasing, this is the quote that stuck out from this presentation: REST architectures tend to be resilient to changes. I must admit to being much more fond of the REST side of things. URL's matter to me. I'm mainly speaking about URL's that users see - they should be elegant and meaningful. For computer to computer URL's and Web...
on Jun 10, 2003

J2EE

(This is a long blog entry ... you have been warned.) Big conferences like JavaOne are always accompanied by the introduction of new books. This time's no exception. I stopped by the JDOCentral booth to visit my friend Patrick Linskey of SolarMetric, and he surprised me with a free copy of Bitter EJB, the new book he wrote with Bruce Tate, Mike Clark, and Bob Lee. I'm very pleased to have it,...
on Jun 10, 2003

JavaOne

The new Java logo was one of the new big announcements at the keynote this morning for those that are less observant and didn't notice the new design all around Moscone. I like the new clean design. It will certainly scale better for small devices as well as look better on different colored backgrounds. I was expecting a bigger change given the secrecy behind the announcements but in a way I'm...
on Jun 10, 2003
One of the perks of working on JavaOne is sitting up front in the General Sessions. Its a two-edged sword, tho', because if you need to get up to go to the bathroom everybody KNOWS you've left your seat. I'm sitting in the 2nd row center, sort of behind John Fowler and a whole row of folks with flesh-colored microphones pasted to their ears. The guy immediately in front of me however is...
on Jun 10, 2003
For the first technical session I tried to see Doug Lea talk about concurrency utilities. He's the guy behind the famed util.concurrent library and a good speaker to boot. But when I got there, the doors were shut with a sign "Session Full". Even when someone left they wouldn't let anyone new in. So I wandered by the JavaServer Faces talk. Wouldn't ya know, it has a "Session Full" sign too...
on Jun 10, 2003
The morning keynote is done and over with. There wasn't a lot there that stuck with me, but then, it's the non-technical keynote. So what did stick? Two things. One was the best line of the keynote when Jonathan Schwartz said, "The lawyers work for me." Man, I hope that's really true and not a joke. One of the biggest complaints I hear about Sun is that it seems that the lawyers are in...
on Jun 10, 2003
I remember being at JavaOne in 1999 (I think) when I first heard the terms "J2SE", "J2EE", and "J2ME". I understood the reasoning for such a move, but at the same time I hoped they wouldn't go too far with the distinction. It was both amusing and refreshing to hear Jonathan Schwartz acknowledge in this morning's keynote that Sun has been guilty of pushing multiple, separate platforms rather...
on Jun 10, 2003
Writing demos can be a great deal of fun. It's an opportunity to be creative with the technology and simply let your imagination go wild. I also like be able to experiment and poke around with technologies that I wouldn't normally get a chance to. The only part that I dread is the one that I have absolutely no control over. Even if I'm building the demo at midnight the night before I still...
on Jun 10, 2003
This is getting ridiculous, although in a vaguely amusing way. Instead of merely reserving seats at the keynote for the alumni, today they hold the new folks behind ropes until the alums have found their way to their seats. So we few, we chosen few, walk past these "serfs" on the way into the keynote. I mean, really. What message does that send? If watching it from the cheap seats was...
on Jun 10, 2003
JavaOne 1998 was a watershed moment for me. For starters, that was the year of the Java Ring. And having cut my teeth as a programmer on embedded systems, the ring was super cool. Imagine Java -- the network-savvy language -- running on a multitude of useful devices all around you. Great, now let's get cracking already. That was also the year when Enterprise JavaBeans were the rave (pun...
on Jun 10, 2003

Open Source

JavaOne is in full force. I sense a lot of enthusiam and excitement about Java. After this post goes through successfully I'll blog some more!
on Jun 10, 2003
Obviously, every large project take a lot of time and effort and building java.net was no different. We spent months incubating the idea into reality and like all projects had our share of late nights and last minute twists and curves. It all finally culminated, after some last minute flurries, with a big bang of a launch I am not going to pretend to know a lot about child birth but a long...
on Jun 10, 2003