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Steven Harris

Steven Harris has been a Java Developer since 1998. He lives in Framingham,
Massachusetts with wife Helen and cat Jessica. He has many interests in the
vast arena of Java Technologies, but Jini Network Technology is a particular
favorite. Check out his Federale project
on jini.org. He is currently employed as a senior software engineer at Idiom,
Inc. Thus far, he has been unable to disprove the fundamental premise of
Fred
Brooks' "Silver Bullet" paper, although he continues to try on
a daily basis. His current favorite authors are Dave
Thomas, (not of the Wendy's fame) and
Andrew Hunt. Steve has a BA in Geology from Boston University and an MS in Computer Science
from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His interests include Computer technology, Music (he's an acoustic folk guitar picker), Science in general, and Ham Radio (callsign: W1CTO).

 

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It's the last day at JavaOne 2006. The Sun General Session just ended. I've still got a full day of technical sessions that I am looking forward to.


Here is brief...


Grid computing is getting a fair amount of press these days.


Can you imagine a world in which everyone is wearing medical sensors? Where everyone is downloading 10 megs of medical data per day to some remote database. Where doctors can perform...


It is only natural that from year to year different themes are emphasized at JavaOne. This year the slogan seems to be "For Everything that Matters".


In the Sun General...

Happy NetBeans Day.


Yesterday was Mother's day. I sent my mother a card.


Today is NetBeans Day. I could not find any NetBeans Day cards anywhere. I think Hallmark...


It's Net Bean Day Eve. JavaOne is upon us once more and I am looking forward to a week of learning, connecting with my fellow engineers, and hopefully being amazed on occasion.
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It's been said that you can't judge a book by its cover. But can you judge a cover by its book? Sometimes, yes.


Publishers of technical books often use a theme when...


I've never attended a JavaOne conference where the final keynote has failed to pique my interest and this year is no exception. James Gosling always comes up with some interesting stuff...


I was sitting in the java.net booth waiting for the next presentation to begin when the person sitting in the next row turned around and gave me a look of recognition as if he knew me. I...


I really enjoyed the morning keynote today. Scott McNealy described "the digital divide" and how Sun is helping to bridge the gap. He talked about all the efforts to apply Java...


Always a lot of great information at the keynote. Lot's of talk about Sun's many new and (in some cases) improved tools. I must admit, I was drooling over the Sun Ultra 20 Workstation...


It's the day before the really big show - JavaOne 2005. I can feel the energy in the air, everyone is excited to see what this year's conference will bring.



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Just as there is no one language that is universally suitable for every programming task, so is it in the world of software APIs. I have often found that one size does not fit all....

The last technical session I attended was about the role of Java in the Mars Exploration Rover mission. Java played a big part in the processing and display of images sent back to earth by Rover's...

Today I attended a very interesting presentation by Kevin MacDonald and Larry Mitchell on the use of Jini Network Technology in RFID applications. Goods are tagged and scanned as they move through...

Brian Murphy gave an excellent presentation today on the latest and greatest advances added in the Jini 2 Starter Kit. One of the topics was about security features.

After a three year hiatus I am once again in attendance at Java One.
I am having the same problem this year that I had in years past. So many technologies, so little time. For a computer...