A Round of Applause for Commentary on Developer Collaboration
Sun product line manager Ashwin Rao's commentary, Developer Collaboration in Our Shrinking World of an Expanding Workforce, exudes objectivity, sensitivity, and profundity. No fluffy marketer, Ashwin has a strong technical background and built software for years in a pre-Sun career. From personal experience, he understands the challenges of collaboration in software development and the many efforts that have been mounted over the years to overcome the roadblocks. The subject of virtual collaboration, in Ashwin's words, is a passion for him.
The numerous developer collaboration capabilities in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8, among them code-aware IM and real-time file sharing, would probably take a book to describe in detail. Even if such a book exists, you can safely skip it. The steps are intuitive and straightforward. Just download the IDE's Early Access version and try them out yourself.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing." To me, Ashwin's article is well worth reading and developer collaboration is worth writing--blogging, too!