Posted by editor
on February 25, 2008 at 7:37 AM PST
Of job changes and hypothetical injuries... also:
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Spotlight: OpenCable project
Java Today: JSR 286 (Portlets 2.0), voting on GlassFish bugs, and JavaTools community newsletter #159
Announcement: Java resources from MySQL developer zone
Forum Posts: Patterns and EJBs, BD-J performance characteristics, and JDIC native browser connections
Of job changes and hypothetical injuries
One of the traits of the online era is that becoming a public figure is something that happens almost by accident. Indeed, it's been said that today's young people more or less expect to have an audience, from their blogs, MySpace and Facebook pages, podcasts, etc. And of course, the standards for how you treat public figures is generally understood to be different from how you treat friends, colleagues, and even complete strangers. In a nutshell, it's expected that public figures are more appropriate targets for criticism and even ridicule. They're famous; they can take it.
Even if they didn't mean to become famous in the first place.
I don't know if java.net blogger Chet Haase minds some of the stuff being said about him. He recently set up a new blog , where he announced he'd left Sun to go to Adobe to work on Flex. This prompted various reactions and interpretations from many quarters, including a online comic by Eric Burke that portrays Chet, holding a bag of money, kicking the personification of Desktop Java in its nether-regions.
Seriously, dude, a little quality control, please?
The idea that Chet was "bought" with a big bag of money is an easy, lazy cynicism that we should all be over at this age. Let's take Chet at his word:
One of the things that attracted me to Flex, and to Adobe, was a client platform that enables very rich user experiences; transitions, animations, filters, and just darned good-looking UIs are all pretty exciting to this graphics geek. I hope to be able to help make Flex an even richer platform going forward.
Burke follows up the reaction to his comic by arguing that key people matter , that Chet's move is bad news for Desktop Java. Maybe so, and maybe it should be a "canary in a coal mine" moment that if Chet says Adobe's platform "enables very rich user experiences", that he's implying Java's doesn't. But even if that's the case, it's not for lack of trying, through some of Chet's efforts like the timing framework project. And if Chet being over at Adobe means that the richness bar is set higher for Java FX, then so be it.
Chet's been a great blogger, author, colleague, and friend; we should wish him well.