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David Herron

David Herron is a writer and green technology advocate living in Silicon Valley. He had worked for 10+ years in the Java SE Quality Engineering team. Work there included open source community engagement, mentoring team members, running contests, developing test suites and GUI test automation tools. He was a co-author of the original java.awt.Robot class. His prior experience is in development roles, in cross-platform GUI toolkits, and electronic mail systems. David graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1988. David's other blog sites include David Herron .com, Seven General Ruminations (covering sustainability, alternate energy, etc), VisForVoltage (an electric vehicle discussion forum) and writing for examiner.com as the Green Transportation Examiner.
 

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It takes a village to grow an open source project. Any open source project lives from a wide range of contributions, not just bug fixes, new features, and other changes to the software, but evangelism, user groups, artwork, and more. The OpenJDK Quality Team is being formed by Sun's Java SE quality...

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It seems the java world is in a bit of an uproar right now with a bit of news which I've seen blogged and newsed about in several places.

I think 'Into the light' is the name of an album by Ian Anderson, who is also the a band that's too old to rock'n'roll and too young to die. Anyway it is also...

Has it already been two weeks since FOSDEM? Gosh. Anyway, I had a great time there and I will...

It's that time of year again. The time when free java advocates migrate to Belgium to imbibe in talking. I...

I heard Joe Darcy use this phrase .. it's the end of the beginning .. so, yeah, that's about right. "The...

Is JSON better than XML? is an interesting read. JSON is the new kid for portable data transfer and while JSON derives from Javascript...

The latest Javaposse podcast (Java Posse #158 - Newscast for Jan 9th 2008) is out and has some interesting discussion of a question...

I've got a few minutes before heading off to a meeting, and see a few blog postings on approximately the same topic. Should Java (the language) strive to be the perfect be-all-end-all language?...

So, hey, there's a new open source project, PDF Renderer: a 100% Java PDF renderer and viewer which was just...

Joshua Marinacci has discussed how Our new Java Scene Graph is open sourced .. and I decided to take a look....

Java is (potentially) capable of taking part in the 'Rich Internet Application' game.

I found an InfoQ article, What is Needed for the Next Level of Browser Applications?, which brought to mind a couple recent postings I...

Funny how we all have different names for this day.

I really am beginning to think the idea I posted a few days ago is very real. In Freeing the Internet from the...

The Javaposse has been using a specific song as their theme song. It is credited to "Loose" Bruce Kerr, one of Sun's lawyers.

There sure has been a lot of words flying around this week regarding the Android (gphone) phone. I've been tracking some items about the gphone and it's pretty...

I've recently been studying our plans for JavaFX -- and at the same time looking at the big picture of where the Internet is going. It's giving me some interesting ideas to ponder.

Okay: I don't know either ('if' or 'when', that is), and I'm pissed it wasn't with 10.5.

A few days ago I bought an iPod Touch.. I've been curious what the buzz about the iPhone was about, but as I have a year still in my Cingular contract I didn't want to get an actual iPhone and the...

I'm a bit obsessed by electric vehicles and green transportation in general. There's a lot of reasons behind this, from global warming to climate change to global economics to health to stupid...

I've been doing some research on the coming wave of technology for "Rich Internet Applications" (my del.icio.us links tell the story).. This JavaFX thing...

The OpenJDK project is about 95% of a complete Java implementation. That last 5% or so is what we've called 'encumbrances', code which we weren't able to open source.

A few weeks ago Phil Toland wrote Stop the Insanity about the "rise" in popularity of languages other than Java. (but it didn't pop up...

So of course that means Java geeks across the blogosphere are posting todays Dilbert in their blog. Which led to the following.

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There was a little throwaway idea in my previous posting, Java is doomed to failure, which is growing on me...