SUN launched a commercial initiative focused to help companies in adopting the Solaris 10. It consists in ten moves that enable companies to acquire much more productivity in the software market and also a bit more of quality in their products. A new perspective in your next business decision.
A CDC survey report reveals less than 1/3 of hospital emergency and outpatient departments use electronic medical records. One wonders why, and if there's an opportunity here.
Finding yourself naked, in public, is a dream/nightmare that many people have. It could just be me but when I was first starting to program, I had a nightmare that not only was I coding naked but my code was naked, too. Partly in response to that, I became much more diligent about writing excellent code so that I'd never be embarrassed by my software.
Over the years, I've joked with various people that I "code naked" but most folks stop at the (all too frightening) image of me coding while naked. Alas, I've never thought about a more palatable phrase enough to come up with anything worth mentioning. Various industries like to use the term transparency but methinks that's too opaque and wishy-washy.
A student of Bob Koss comes to the rescue with the term Refrigerator Code:
It's code that you’re so proud of that you want to take it home and hang it on the refrigerator, right alongside of your children’s drawings.
On the other hand, one of the underlying reasons of Why Software Sucks is the fact that most software written is really what I call Toilet Code:
It's code that's so mediocre that when somebody encounters it, they just want to flush it down the toilet.
Business needs applications that can be maintained long after the original coder is gone. Java is a great language, but does Java's richness lead to unmaintainable code?
When good programs go bad...
Sun's "Chief Open Source Officer", Simon Phipps, announced that Sun is deprecating the use of the Sun Industry Standard Source License.
Used only by United, the system could not be debugged in the 10 years since its installation, and currently costs $1M monthly in maintenance.
How do you make money from open source? Daniel Brookshier starts a journey to answer this question with an idea called: Free Prize Inside.
Back in 1973, a young Bill Gates was demonized for asking the following:"Who can afford to do professional work for nothing? What hobbyist can put 3-man years into programming, finding all bugs, documenting his product and distribute for free?"
I was in SanFran and did not go to Java One - what could possibly be so important?
Where 2.0 was really about one thing and one thing only - making lots
of money from maps.
There are three significant things going on:
#1 Google released an AJAX API
#2 Where 2.0 is the Question? Address is the answer
#3 The preception of how much data should cost is going down
How does this relate to Java? Well I am involved in the top three open source Java GIS Projects.
Even though I am not attending JavaOne I cannot complain about a lack of excitement. Sun just announced there are going to buy my employer and changes are on the horizon.
JavaServer Faces is now available under the Java Research or Java Distribution Licenses.
A House committee vote, proposing to expand U.S. daylight-saving time by two months? Another entry in the users vs. developers battle, under the subheading "that wasn't in the spec!"
A tip for Sun to make more money from people like me
The folks doing Wicket, possibly the cleanest solution to POJO web apps that I've seen. Wicket is close to release, and the developers could use your help testing it. And even if you can't give them feedback, this framework is really worth a look. The Java and HTML code you write is really as simple as it ought to be!
Kim Burchett posted a great story illustrating the Misunderstandings that happen in the software business. Hilarious, in a sad, scary, and all too true way.
Bob Metcalfe's "law" that the value of networks grows quadratically relative to the number of members in the network is refuted....
What happens when Google merges with Amazon?
In this blog, I solicit questions from people that I may ask to the head of Sun's Software Organization, John Loiacano, at a meeting next month.
Thoughts on Dick Grimes's retrospective on .NET