Remember going to rock concerts when you were younger. The music, the t-shirts, the shared experience, and, of course, the musicians.
Those times are gone for me. I'm now such a geek that my current version of hanging with rock stars means enjoying a morning cup of coffee with some of the developers from the Geronimo project. Dain Sundstrom says that Geronimo "will be the best J2EE server out there. We're trying to figure out how to open up the component model. The plug-in market is huge." Just like in my younger days, I'm ready to buy the t-shirt.
In Also in Java Today , we feature reports by David Blevins and Richard Monson-Haefel from Monday's Geronimo presentation at ApacheCon 2003. In OpenEJB to be certified with Apache Geronimo, David writes that "First, the Apache Software Foundation will license the TCK from Sun to test and officially release Geronimo as a certified J2EE 1.4 application server. Secondly, the critical EJB 2.1 container functionality will be provided by OpenEJB." In his blog The State of Geronimo, Richard writes that the big announcement "is that Sun has approved Apache Geronimo's license for the TCK."
In today's featured Weblogs , Richard Monson-Haefel continues his coverage of ApacheCon with ApacheCon Hackathon:Rediscovering my religion. He writes about his excitement cranking out code with smart people.
I'm surrounded by the hardest working, most intelligent and personable people I've met in years. Geek took on new meaning for me this past weekend. Its not about all those geek stereo types, its about passion. These developers are passionate about writing really good software and they are probably most capable people you will ever meet.
It was exhilarating to work along side these people. It was also humbling, but in a good way. I learned that you can still be excited about your work. That coding is an end in-and-of itself. That open source software is to commercial development what fine art is to commercial art. It's pure. It's free from business managers and sales people and apathy. If you've lost your love for programming, then get involved in open source.
Satya Kotmatineni continues the thick vs. thin client debate with I like thin clients because of their simplified programming model. He explains that when they are appropriate, think clients are faster to develop and easier to maintain. He's not saying they are appropriate everywhere, he cautions you not to jump to an overly complex solution too quickly.
In Projects and Communities , the Java Patterns community is featuring the home page from the recently released book Enterprise Integrations Patterns. You can study the patterns detailed in their book online and begin with an introduction that explains the need for integration. The JavaDesktop community is featuring the new Glazed Lists project. It lets "you sort, filter, and modify lists. You can then display the lists in components such as JTable and JComboBox." Using it should feel a lot like using the Swing event mechanism with registered listeners.
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