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Does a tool need to be cool

Posted by daniel on September 24, 2004 at 8:23 AM PDT

Is Computer Science fading to Computer Fashion

The debate returns on whether or not Java is cool or not. In
today's Weblogs,
Brett McLaughlin complains that "there's just something sort of
boring about the Java space right now. Don't get me wrong--it's
still my language of choice. It's still what I go for when I need
something done, and I still have something like 3 or 4 Java books
for every one of my other programming language books. But... it's
not sexy anymore. It's like that hot girl in high school you knew,
and then ran into the other day at Kroger, and
thought... "Wow. What happened? I mean, she's still good-looking,
but not like I remember!" Probably a sort of poor analogy, but
it's the best one I've got."

The talkback already includes retorts that your programming
language doesn't need to be cool, that 1.5 is more exciting than 1.4
was, and the question " Could it be that people concerned with
"coolness" as a programming tool attribute merely have short attention
spans?" Brett ends his post with "Java a fad? Nope. But it sort of
feels like it right now. And--really--who wants to be the last kid on
the block still playing hula hoop?"

The JXTA
kitchen
is coming up soon. James Todd tells you how you can
attend this free event for JXTA application developers.

Are you lazy if you implement logging? Scott Elsworth says href="http://weblogs.java.net/pub/wlg/1886">Trust the logger in
his response to Marcus Baker's assertion that "if there really is a
chance of error at that point then we should fix the probable root
cause."


In
Also in Java Today
, Brian Marrick has posted the
second chapter of href="http://www.exampler.com/book/commentary.html">Driving
Software Projects with Examples. He argues that conversation
is key saying "the main way that programmers learn what the
product owner wants is through conversation. The main way the
programmers learn what each other knows is also through
conversation." In this chapter he begins to explore how using
examples differs from using requirements.

ONJava recently featured an excerpt from href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/entjbeans4/index.html?CMP=ILL-4GV796923290">Enterprise
JavaBeans, 4th Edition by Bill Burke, Richard Monson-Haefel,
and Sacha Labourey. In href="http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/excerpt/ejb4_chap4/index.html
">Developing Your First Enterprise Beans, Part 1, the authors
walk through defining an EJB's interfaces and implementation class
as well as creating the deployment descriptor. They also show how
to jar up the file, build its needed database table, and deploy
the EJB.


In Projects and
Communities
, The href="http://community.java.net/mac">Mac Java Community
reports that Apple made the href="http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/javaupdate142.html">Java
1.4.2 Update 2, available via Software Update to provide
"improved behavior for applets in Safari, and increased stability
for desktop Java applications. "

From the Jini
Community
home page, the Computerworld article href="http://www.computerworld.com/softwaretopics/software/appdev/story/0,10801,95663,00.html?from=story%5Fkc">Have
Jini, Will Travel describes how Orbitz was able to build their
multi-product, multi-vendor travel system on commodity PC's by
employing Jini.


In today's

Forums
, Cajo explains that " href="http://forums.java.net/jive/thread.jspa?messageID=678&tstart=0#678">
By forking, I do not mean to create a new language; rather to
allow Java to grow in functionality via a more competitive,
developer-driven process."


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