Posted by daniel
on January 7, 2005 at 10:54 AM PST
A friend sent me a link to this classic article on
The Age of Homework. It served as a reminder of a couple of
things. First, email, web pages, blogs, and other online technologies
continue this push to keep our attention on things that are immediate
and we sometimes lose track of what's important. This Tom Peters
article was written eleven years ago. It's not that it's earth
shattering, but it's as current as and more relevant than most of what
I read yesterday. This echoes the Esther Dyson quote from yesterday
that " Even as we live longer, we seem to think shorter."
Eleven years ago Peters wrote "Tomorrow's (today's!) economy is
about brains. These days, the mind that's standing still is, in fact,
slipping backwards down the competitive ladder. Fast." He follows with concrete suggestions that include the following:
- Prepare your resume.
- Set explicit learning goals for [this year].
- Take it a day at a time. ( The need is urgent.)
- A support group helps.
This weekend I'm going to put three articles we ran in 2004 back
up in the right column of our front page. Maybe you'll see one that
you may have missed this year.
Also featured in
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Today , is a look back from ONJava. To close out the 2004,
ONJava is presenting two yearenders: the first,
ONJava 2004 in Review: Popular Articles, looks back at some of the
most popular articles to be posted on the site this year. If you
missed them the first time, you'll want to be sure you catch these
articles on Hibernate, Tomcat, web applications, Quartz and Eclipse.
In today's Weblogs
David Walend asks
Did I Miss Generic Array Creation? While working on some code he
found a gap and asks you for your input on whether or not "there a
good reason not to create arrays of generics? Or should I report a RFE
to Sun asking them to add generic parameters to Array.newInstance()?"
William Wake looks back to Harold and
Purple Crayon Navigation. He talks about the programming technique
that feels like that illustrated in the "book where Harold uses his
crayon to draw whatever he needs, and then it's real enough to use."
I think I'm one of the folks that John Reynolds is talking about
when he says that there are many folks that just don't get SOA
The SOA Elevator Speech John writes that "SOA is an architectural
style that encourages the creation of loosely coupled business
services. Loosely coupled services that are interoperable and
technology-agnostic enable business flexibility. An SOA solution
consists of a composite set of business services that realize an
end-to-end business process. Each service provides an interface-based
service description to support flexible and dynamically
Forums, we again feature Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart's welcome
to the new
href="http://forums.java.net/jive/forum.jspa?forumID=44"> Binary Web
Services and XML forum.
In Projects and
Communities , Martin Fowler blogs about
Incrementalism saying " to make incremental design work you need
something that makes the design converge into order."
Enterprise community has graduated the
that helps you "create and execute JUnit-style tests for components
that are deployed on a J2EE server."
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