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Community

I came to JavaOne looking for community. I found one, but it much different than the one I'm used to observing in the open source world. You see, here, there are barbarians at the gate. Let me start by handing some kudos out. There is seriously cool voodoo being worked here. Some of the projects/code/goals that I've seen here are mind blowing and innovative. Something that I don't usually see...
on Jun 12, 2003
The authentication of the site is finally letting me log in on a regular basis so I can begin to catch up with all of my blogging! Yea! If you recall, last night I bitched about the fact that the java.net weblogs weren't plugged during the Tuesday keynote. Well, John Gage and the rest of the guys strongly and repeatedly plugged both the weblogs and the Javapedia during today's keynote. Yea!...
on Jun 11, 2003
Best Evangelical: Java is Freedom by Amy Fowler -- quoted by husband John Fowler during Tuesday's keynote. Best Drug Reference:This is your brain on Java by me during the GE Medical demo. They used Java 2D & Java 3D to do display (and nauseating zooming :-) of various brain scans. Best Safe Sex Pitch:Do it more! Do it safely! by Jonathan Schwartz. I'll just leave the rest of the context to...
on Jun 11, 2003
The Client Provisioning Spec is a J2EE framework for bundling and distributing applications and resources to various clients. This is a great and generally applicable idea. The problem is that there is a huge focus on J2ME -- both at this conference and in the JSRs. As a result, the focus for the Client Provisioning Spec is on distributing J2ME apps. Taking a look across the other technologies...
on Jun 11, 2003
Dave Johnson: Sheeesh! Are those blogs for real? They are all identical, no themes. Some of them look a little forced, as in "you will blog now please employee #76654, get to work." The others look and feel like the O'Reilly blogs, you know, the ones where the author is maintaining two blogs: one personal blog and one O'Reilly blog which is generally not worth subscribing to. You know, us alpha...
on Jun 11, 2003
"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

Business

Dan mentioned the first use at this conference of Bill Joy's, "Innovation happens elsewhere" second-hand quote. Now, that's the fine and dandy sound bite but... Innovation happens everywhere. That's the nature of life. Alas, it just so happens that it often gets ignored or otherwise overrun by various kinds of steamrollers.
on Jun 12, 2003
So we heard this morning that HP and Dell are going to be distributing new hardware with new Java versions. Anyone heard anything from IBM? Is it only me that finds this odd?
on Jun 11, 2003
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

JavaOne

I've been anticipating this reaction. It was inevitable. But we're not blogging JavaOne because we're being told to. I, at least, am doing so because I'm here, it's fun, and -- most importantly -- I think java.net is important, and I'd like to help it get off to a good start. Communities are built by the inhabitants. You can't just decide to go build a thriving, vital community. But that...
on Jun 11, 2003
I went to Joshua Bloch's and Neal Gafter's More Programming Puzzlers session. It was fantastic! I won't embarrass myself with how many of the ten puzzlers I got wrong. One piece of advice Bloch gave was to "copy-and-paste" declarations to avoid issues with mis-overridden methods like this:     public class Name {        public boolean equals(...
on Jun 11, 2003
One of the interesting things for me about the Java.net experiment so far has been checking out the reactions from the blogosphere that I navigate through every day. Ted Leung posts: "A shared CVS repository, wiki's and a bunch of weblogs do not a community make. Sun might be able to get bunches of communities around individual projects, but growing a community across projects takes time...
on Jun 11, 2003
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

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