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Java 10 years...

Posted by ludo on April 17, 2005 at 8:13 AM PDT

"Bonjour, comment Java?"



Java is turning 10 this year... I was told that before being made
public, the
project was killed several times. Maybe due to lack of product
requirement documents, or non-existing VOC (voice of customer), but
anyway, Java was not a href="http://www.techbookreport.com/tbr0055.html">death march project

and millions of users and developers can now enjoy its benefits. A nice
Java
timeline document
, describes the chronology of events in the
history of Java.



It's good to see there is some internet memory under
http://sunsite.nus.edu.sg/java/...
Imagine, you can still download the JDK 1.1.6 for Windows 95/NT4.0 -
8,230,260 bytes. What a good deal...



Another historical landmark is the Java Workshop (downloadable from the
site above), the ancestor of all the Java IDEs written in Java (no need
for extra binary href="http://www.developer.com/java/other/article.php/10936_3330861_2">DLLs
or the like), or the priceless href="http://sunsite.nus.edu.sg/java/progGuide/">Java Language
tutorial for 1.0 JDK.



Do you remember href="http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=1212188">bug
1212188?

Bug ID:
1212188


style="font-family: Courier New,Courier,monospace;">Synopsis:
System.out.println(new Date()) gives different results on DOS and UNIX style="font-family: Courier New,Courier,monospace;">
Category:
java:classes_java
style="font-family: Courier New,Courier,monospace;">
Reported
Against:1.0alpha3

UNIX results: Tue Jun 27 13:34:37 PDT 1995

DOS results: Tue Jun 27 13:34:37 1995

Note that DOS does not print the time zone.



Already our Java engineers were obsessed by cross-platform portability,
even working during regular lunch time (1:34 PM), on multi systems,
clock synchronized to produce similar output, precise at the second.



I wish I could download (and install and build and run), all the
software ever created, including their source code repository and build
instructions...I wish I could read all those funky comments in source
code or check in notices, that our lawyers force us to remove before we
move existing close source code to open source repositories. Maybe one
day this will be available from the href="http://www.computerhistory.org/">Computer History Museum?
Too bad my garage is too small,
but I still keep  unopened boxes of "Java Studio, and "Java
Workshop" both 1997 vintage. "Ripe
and supple with spicy vanilla aromas and moderate tannins, it is the
perfect accompaniment to grilled developers and program managers...
"
No way I will open them. I'd better open a href="http://www.internetwines.com/rws25149.html">Chateau Meyney

instead for my diner:-). As opposed to wine, software does not turn better without new releases...


If you want to share your good memories, post a comment...



Ludo


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