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JavaOne

Okay, James breaks the spell, as always: Someone who isn't a major Sun partner gets up on the stage.... Three someones. But don't do this to us next time. So much stuff up front put James really late. And James is the most interesting. I'm watchin people drift out, and the hall is getting to be emptier, but that's because this has been going as a single session for 2.5 hours so far, and...
on Jun 11, 2003
Okay, they found a funny engineer. How likely was that? The announcement of HP's agreement to put Java on all their Windows boxes is both cool and nearly predictable. Disk space is free, after all. Someone was going to decide that the "value add" of putting Java in the box was worth the small incremental cost. (By the way, didn't Jonathan Schwartz say Dell make it so all their boxes "can"...
on Jun 11, 2003
The "opening act" for this morning's general session was Don McMillan, a self-described "Engineer/Comedian" who started things off with an insightful, funny, and wonderfully geeky act. (I especially liked his necktie with the periodic table of the elements ... I need to get one for my friend Greg Vaughn, who sometimes wears a periodic table t-shirt -- complete with radioactive elements that...
on Jun 11, 2003
The excitment about JavaOne has been building for a while. It was great to get back out here and see alot of old friends and make new ones. I am the kind of person who loves to go from sun up to sun down. Yesterday started with keynotes early in the morning and continued to well past midnight. Lots of good stuff. What is so much fun is that you can learn as much sitting at a table on a...
on Jun 11, 2003
Mike Cannon-Brookes says that Java.net wasn't really launched today because it's not linked in from java.sun.com. Well, even though Java.net was launched today (albeit with no mention of the weblogs section of the site at the keynote), Mike does make the excellent observation that there isn't a link from java.sun.com to Java.net. Which is very odd indeed. And looking a bit deeper, it appears...
on Jun 11, 2003
Matt Raible (whose blog I read) has a few questions about the Java.net blogs. Here are some answers: Is the content moderated? Nope. At least not under normal circumstances. If one of us said something libelous, then moderation would probably kick in. But until we hit that point, we should be free from moderation. Daniel Steinberg, the Editor-in-Chief of the site, wants to take a very hands...
on Jun 11, 2003

Jini

I will never understand why marketing people haven't learned how to talk to geeks after the decades since computer conferences have been going on. Scripted pseudo-conversations, for example, really don't work -- they're just inane. The fact that they're pre-scripted makes them inane. There's just no way around it. It's not like the two Sun engineers showing off Rave were making this demo up...
on Jun 11, 2003

Community

"How do we know that Sun won't censor or otherwise pollute java.net with heliocentric notions—after all, Sun owns and operates the site?" My answer last night to this question was that it was the same problem that faced a poet about to sit down and write a poem: How does she know that it will be good? And of course, she doesn't no matter how much training or practice she has had. Sun doesn't know...
on Jun 11, 2003
Alan Williamson wasn't too impressed with Jonathan Schwartz's keynote yesterday, it seems (complete with IDE demos - I hope he's enjoying the Project Rave demo I am watching now!). I'm very interested in his comments on the desire to expand the Java developer base from 3 million to 10 million. He says: The threshold that we call someone a developer, is going to be dropped significantly ... Sun...
on Jun 11, 2003
So, we've had over 1,000 people sign up to java.net on the first day it went live. That rocks! I just noticed 44 new projects that just got created! Some cool stuff. I'll need to highlight a few. Keep them coming!! Tired, but happy. -jbob
on Jun 11, 2003
I'm surprised how much fun I've had reading (and writing) the Java.net weblogs today. JavaOne always has five things going on at once, and people's blog entries let me experience vicariously some of the four things I didn't choose. The whole thing reminds me of those "Day in the Life" books. It's great fun to have a whole set of bloggers concentrating on the same event. In years past I...
on Jun 11, 2003
<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

Business

There seems to be a big focus at this JavaOne about the "Corporate Developer." And for Java to reach a certain number of people, it has to become a standard for corporate applications. As such, there is a focus on web applications. I don't get it. Although there are a lot of web applications in this space, there are also a lot of rich clients. If you are deploying an internal application to your...
on Jun 11, 2003
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

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

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