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Noted Cocoa Programmer Contemplates Switch to Java

Posted by castelaz on December 16, 2004 at 8:50 PM PST


North Pole - Claus, Inc. has announced they are exploring the cross-platform possibilities of Java. Santa, founder and CEO of Claus, Inc. was an early adopter of Apple computers beginning with VisiCalc on an Apple II. "It's been a natural progression from those early days to now", says Santa. "While it took tens of thousands of diskettes to hold the first Naughty-and-Nice List, and processing was none too speedy because of a 64K memory limitation, we've always enjoyed using and programming Apple computers."

"Originally, we were primarily a Basic shop, but as the demands increased, we moved into C. From there, Cocoa was the next step in our development efforts", Santa's Chief Scientist, G. Nome says with a grin, using his fingers to motion quotation marks around the words "next step". When asked about this stranger mannerism, Nome suggested everyone should return to their respective "jobs", and walked away laughing.

Contrary to popular understanding, Santa's workshop is state-of-the-art. In fact, it is the recent adoption of wireless handhelds on the shop floor that has precipitated the interest in Java. Santa's web-presence has long been outsourced to a number of externally hosted sites, so Java was not a potentially big player until now. "A JVM is available for nearly every device we have in our production facility", stated Santa. "The big hurdle is gaining the acceptance of our employees. Wireless is nice, but we do know a thing or two about mass production without it" Santa noted with evident pride.

The only cloud that darkened the otherwise illuminating visit occurred when the topic of Java 5 and Mac OS X came up. Santa's brows furrowed, and he reached for a rather imposing PDA. It was difficult to see clearly, but it appears he placed coal icons next to several names.

Cocoa will continue to play an important role according to Santa. It is clearly his personal favorite. However, he concedes that "Java has its place" and that he isn't "afraid to indulge so to speak". When asked about alternatives, Santa reiterated his long time affinity to Apple, and that Apple believes Cocoa and Java to be the preferred tools for serious development.

Java will be slowly rolled into place. An important production scheduling application is already available, but its audience is limited to line supervisors. Depending upon the further acceptance of several key Java-based applications, the shop floor could ultimately become a Java only environment. IT staff is continuing to monitor the situation as each new piece is rolled out. They feel confident they will be able to reach a firm decision within a year.

It is hoped that future opportunities to report on progress will be made. The cookies were delicious.

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