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Calvin Austin

Calvin Austin is chief architect and director of engineering at SpikeSource.com. He previously led the J2SE 5.0 release at Sun Microsystems and also led Sun's Java on Linux port.

 

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I look forward to Javaone each year and have been trying to think what could have  happened to my old friend, with the oracle/google legal case in the background, and the campaign for...

The recent complaint from Oracle to Google is probably one of the most key events that may dictate Java's legacy. Is this what Java really needs or are we missing something else?

I was uploading my Amazon image for the 3rd time. First time it didn't boot, second attempt I couldn't log in via ssh, third attempt , success! Admittedly the bundling didn't take too long for a...

We have been recently doing a fair amount of prototyping and development with Amazon EC2, as the cost of hosting additional ESX servers and disk in our colo has been an exercise in power cost...

Do you remember the email you got to tell you that your jre had a vulnerability? No? What about the fact that Java 5 is in an end of life phase. Given the time it has taken for Java 7 to appear...

There were a few ripples around the Java community given that James Gosling the founding father of Java has left Oracle/Sun.

I really enjoy JavaOne, I've been to pretty much every show since the first JavaOne in 1996. This year I think JavaOne was an eye-opener on many levels, the Java ecosystem is very much alive. The...

A Potted History of Applets

Dion was privy to some news about the latest news on Java Applets. But why a...

There are certain computer tasks that I sometimes wonder if there is a better way of doing them. I mean computers are there to save time, not generate work. One such task is remote file diffs,...

I was very fortunate and lucky to meet Pavarotti in 1982. Its an easy date to remember as it was at a recording session for Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. I sung in the Junior Royal College of...

Not since the proposed Java 2000 have I had a good whole hearted laugh at Java. My colleagues couldn't believe it either. When I was at Sun there were some interesting economic ideas about...

Imagine taking your car into the shop, they call back saying you need to apply a manufacturers fix to the fuel injection system, it may not fail now but soon. Instead you say, "No way! I put one...

I've been busy working on our Web 2.0 release so didn't have time to update my laptop until now. I was generally happy with my Ubuntu breezy 64bit install, I had the JDK on there, Java worked in...

What Sun finally did this week by releasing Java under GPL was a historic event. Using the GPL instead of yet another Sun license certainly makes adoption that much easier. But why did it take so...

We all know that there isn't a single language or platform that is totally secure, much in the same way that no matter how well you secure your house, its still possible to leave a door unlocked...

Nothing to do with the Mythbusters but the titanic really was outside Javaone today before being lifted on top of the Metreon.

Java EE 5 for many of you is a big step forward to unifying the Java EE platform. The removal of application specific deployment scriptors should be very welcome, something that has always been a...

Now listening to the Java SE and EE keynote. Graham is revisting the core features of Java 6. Which includes some GUI clean-up for windows and updates for Windows Vista.

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So Jonathan has taken stage. The first item he wanted to discuss was Suns Niagara hardware sparc try and buy program so that you can now download free hardware.

Next came one of the...

One of the first Big community Javaone items this year wasn't the Open Source Java news but a new license for the JDK on Linux. Now I really believe this is a good thing, not enough, but an...

I read another blog entry complaining about the Java naming scheme. If that is the biggest issue with...

Why Code Rewrites Don't Always Work.

Give an engineer some code and one of the first things crossing through the mind of some engineers is, "Should I rewrite or re-factor that code?"....

Kirk Pepperdine, guru of Java performance, recently praised Sun and the Java team for their open bug database and questioned the labelling of enhancements as 'bugs'. At the same time, someone at...

Java is the programming language of the year according to the Tiobe index http://www.tiobe.com/tpci.htm.

Although the index is purely an...

Geronimo 1.0 was released last week. Apache Geronimo is a new, open source, J2EE 1.4 certified application server. It is built from many established open source projects, like OpenEJB, Tomcat and...

Following on from testgen4j which is growing into an eclipse plugin, is a tool from my colleague, testgen4web. All you need is firefox 1.1...

I'm heading over to the Java In Action conference this week. It looks to be a great conference and there several sessions I'm looking forward to....

I saw a strange headline that "C# seems to be the only .NET language that is going to stay"

http://www.tiobe.com/tpci.htm

In the TIOBE...

I had been struggling to find time to write my JDJ editorial, I often stay up until it is done, often 3am or 4am in the morning and my wife rightly points out I'm nuts working for free when I no...

There was a lot of hype and predictions in 2000 that C# was going to be the #1 programming language. All that we could do at Sun was to listen to what Java users wanted and build the best release...