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How to Handle Permanent Exceptions after EJB Deployment: a Proposal

Posted by schaefa on September 30, 2003 at 4:56 PM PDT

Finally I found time for a technical log here at This time I want to discuss a shortcoming of the EJB specification and how they can be fixed to make the life of EJB developers and application server administrators easier and the deployed applications more robust.

Open Standards: Apps and Infrastructure

Posted by pbrittan on September 30, 2003 at 9:31 AM PDT

One valuable capability of open standards is to let customers decouple application decisions from infrastructure choices.

Letters to the Editor

Posted by daniel on September 30, 2003 at 8:44 AM PDT

One of the most enjoyable aspects of editing href=""> is hearing suggestions from
readers on how to improve our site.

Avalon: A new UI for Windows

Posted by pbrittan on September 29, 2003 at 1:35 PM PDT

Avalon gives Microsoft an opportunity to demonstrate its leverage over the user experience and to shake up competitors.

Browsing Web Services

Posted by daniel on September 29, 2003 at 10:52 AM PDT

A friend emailed that he had just seen the new front page and wondered when we changed it. His daily interaction with is through our RSS feed. This leads to wondering what might be the equivalent of an RSS newsreader that can be used to browse web services?

Office design patterns

Posted by arnold on September 28, 2003 at 1:20 PM PDT

Joel Spolsky ("Joel on Software") built his company offices designed for actual programmers and their teams. A radical notion, really. Here's one sample: Put lots of outlets in each office at desk height. No reason to be crawling on the floor with your butt in the air as an invitation to anyone passing by.

JXTA:03Q4, quality SunNetwork "booth time" and RadioHead

Posted by gonzo on September 28, 2003 at 2:12 AM PDT

First things first ... this last week I attended a RadioHead concert that was, simply put, A*MAZE*ZING! "Good for the soul" kind of amazing.


Monoculture Considered Harmful

Posted by webmink on September 26, 2003 at 4:45 PM PDT

I commented recently that, while we can each take steps to prevent virus and worm attacks on our computer systems, the biggest threat we actually face is the fact that we have a computer monoculture.

Swing Hack 3: Overlay Graphics

Posted by joshy on September 26, 2003 at 1:49 PM PDT

It's Friday so I thought I'd do another Swing hack:

When I'm doing really complicated Swing layouts I often have trouble figuring
out which component on screen matches the one in my code, especially if there are custom widgets or subclasses that look the same as normal ones (like formatted text fields) or that don't have easy to see borders.

Accessing Data

Posted by daniel on September 26, 2003 at 6:34 AM PDT

The shift to OO was supposed to, in part, place the functionality in the same place as the data it acted on. You would make requests of an object instead of operating directly on the data.