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John Reynolds

John Reynolds is a Santa Fe (as in New Mexico) based programming mentor who has been professionally developing software since 1980.  His primary focus has been on software usability and usefulness, dating back to his involvement with Tandy's DeskMate graphical environment in the late 80's.  Java is his current language of choice, superceding a long relationship with C++ and an early affair with the irrepressible FORTH.
 

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Most folks are familiar with Andy Warhol's prediction: "In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes".

I was drawn to E-Surfer's recent weblog entry that asks the question: "Could I Still Pursue Software Development...

Rich Web based applications are far from "new", but there still doesn't seem to be a general consensus on how they should be constructed. To the contrary, there are a dizzying array of options...

Brian Marick recently blogged: "I worry that the adolescence of computers is almost over, and that we're settling into that...

Somehow, the Desktop PC market became a "one-size-fits-all" wasteland... and the mobile PC market isn't much better, but
just when you thought the only improvement to the world of the...

There's an old saying that the best way to learn something is to teach it.

I've been evaluating the Tapestry Web Component Framework for...

Sun made my day!

The open letter from Sun regarding Java persistence is wonderful news... Sun has made public their support...

I downloaded the NetBeans 4.0 beta, and I have to say that it's pretty slick. Two years ago, I switched from the Sun One Community Edition to Eclipse, and I am very happy with that choice, but I...

In an earlier blog entry I discussed "porting" the
hangman game example
described in Chapter 2 of Howard M. Lewis Ship's
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Hangman: the "Hello World" of web component frameworks?

To get the most out of this article, please
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Lance Anderson's recent blog "
EJB 3.0 Spec is available for Early Draft Review" got me fired up again. My apologies in advance for...

A few years ago I became the Development Manager for a small InfiniBand software startup. I had been a Team Lead for some time, but this was the...

While browsing the news feeds I came across an interesting article by Esther Dyson on the topic of "Meta-Mail"....

Jay Zimmerman brought his travelling road-show "No Fluff Just Stuff" to Austin this past weekend, and it was great fun. If you aren't...

It is a safe bet that relational databases will be around for a very long time. The relational model is well past middle age (it was...

Last week I blogged on my day-to-day experiences at BEA eWorld. Now I am ready to reflect on what I learned.

It’s easy to get...

Day One:

I have to admit that I will always accept any excuse to visit San Franciso, so I jumped at the chance when my boss asked if anyone should attend this years BEA eWorld.

There's a rather odd thread at The Server Side that is generally criticizing BEA for...

I have had time to re-read the joint IBM and BEA whitepaper on BPELJ. My initial reaction was "Yuck". Intermingling Java snippets with XML...

When I was old enough to join the Cub Scouts, my father got me a really impressive Swiss Army Knife. For an 8 year old boy this gift was pretty cool, and I proudly lugged the thing around with me...

I fear that most programmers (myself included) usually think of the word "legacy" as something bad, as in the following article:


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One of the first tasks that I performed for my employer was to diagnose and resolve a several minutes long CPU spike on the database server for one of our J2EE applications. All of our servers...

Mention JSPs positively in a blog and you will undoubtably get flamed. Encourage colleagues to use Entity Beans and you may never be taken seriously again. JDO was crippled for many by the lack...

IBM and BEA have just released a joint white paper on BPELJ, a combination of BPEL and the Java programming language:

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Bruce Tate's article "For JDO, the Time Is Now" brings up many good points, but it misses a key concern of mine: Solutions that...

Marc Fleury came to Austin this week and took the opportunity to speak at the monthly Austin JUG meeting. This was the first time that I'd heard...