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Business

ebXML by Tom Clements EDI came first, the game deluxePlayed by major corporationsWith big bucksNext web services brought hopeReduced the ante, amplified the scopeOf doing business on the NetAnd yet One thing was lackingBusiness process definitions, asset trackingA global way for anyone to buy and sell --Transnational transactions:ebXML You can submit your technology poems by emailing them to...
on Jul 21, 2003
I wager I can walk into any Fortune 500 Company, pull a module of code, and discover that there is no corresponding unit test. Furthermore, the module most likely will not follow the company’s coding standards. Even though many of these companies contain documented processes for unit tests and coding standards, very few have independent auditors that can walk into a group and comprehend what is...
on Jul 6, 2003
I've been re-reading Tim's thoughts on Mac OS X switchers and OS X and the Next Big Thing of late. You see, my current personal laptop is starting to show its age, and I'm considering alternatives. I've always said I wouldn't consider any system that didn't give me a command line, and now Apple's removed that hurdle. I've always said I had to have Unix tools, and OS X has that in spades. I'...
on Jul 2, 2003

Open Source

There has been a lot of confusion regarding LGPL and how it applies to Java. This question is getting a lot more focus recently as it hit slashdot. ;-) Hopefully, the end result will be a clarification. Hosted not by the potential benefiaries, as that opens up the possibility of such statements being perceived as self serving and open to question. The terms 'link' and 'executable' have clear...
on Jul 18, 2003

JavaOne

I've been going through the published slides from the JavaOne presentations, and I've already extracted the majority of the performance tips (here and here ). But there are other sessions that are interesting too, and one of those is on programming puzzlers. This is a really fun session, but if you (like me) didn't get to attend you don't have to miss out. The slides at http://servlet.java.sun...
on Jul 18, 2003

Deployment

The Java VM installation and application launching has some serious problems. Its too hard to launch Java applications and make it seem as seamless as a native application (unless your on OSX). Sun is clearly trying to fix it with the creation of JavaWebStart and the new Java auto-update functionality. But Sun is really just putting band-aids on the problem. This really struck me as I watched a...
on Jul 17, 2003

J2EE

I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but hear me out just in case. I'm not speaking from the position of having already achieved guru status, but I think I've got a handle on the path to get there. Correct me if I'm wrong. Find some giants, and stand on their shoulders, to co-opt Isaac Newton's famous quote. I don't mean this as a way of keeping someone else down, but instead building...
on Jul 16, 2003
J2EE has placed a lot of emphasis on the middle tier -- so much so, that the development of J2EE clients has gone pretty much ignored. The J2EE patterns, that to a large extent deal with the interaction between the EJB clients and the EJB tier, provide only a stop gap solution. I guess that before getting much further into things I should explain what I mean when I use the term "EJB clients...
on Jul 8, 2003

Community

I get a lot of private email from readers regarding various aspects of the Java spectrum (and discounting the surge of email from students at the end of the term, looking for someone to complete their final coursework for them) expressing a concern at being left behind. They are concerned that they aren't keeping up with all the latest developments and find it, at times, overwhelming. Which is...
on Jul 15, 2003
I recently read Will Iverson's "Mac OS X for Java Geeks" and thought I'd contribute my impressions of this recently published book. In summary: a quick read a good book nice diversity of topics well-balanced selection of topics This is one of these topics where you know it's a hot topic but you can't quite define it. Maybe it's because Mac OS X and Java are fairly orthogonal...
on Jul 10, 2003
Sun wants to dramatically increase the number of Java developers with Rave. They believe a significant portion of this increase will be accomplished by broadening the audience rather than converting existing developers. Many of these new faces will be end-users, or domain-experts. Rave promises to introduce a significant number of non-traditional programmers to the ranks of Java developers...
on Jul 9, 2003
I'm lucky enough to live in the Denver area that has one of the top 25 JUGs in the world. Technically, I suppose that makes it one of the top 25 in the universe. Java User Groups are a great way to get exposed to what's happening in your community. I know it's easy to say that you just don't have time for yet another meeting, but think about the benefits of attending a JUG meeting before writing...
on Jul 8, 2003
Supernova is part of what The Register calls "a giddy social whirl of conferences and and other airmile aggregation opportunities". As most of the speakers have weblogs, we have the opportunity to peek inside and perhaps get a preview of some of the content. Cory Doctorow has started an interesting thread, on a topic Liz Lawley hinted at a while back - whether always-on-ness is helpful or...
on Jul 6, 2003
I have commented to a few people that Blogging is a Big Deal. Not, I hasten to add, because I think that anything more than a core of special people (special can have many meanings, but I like Halley's article...) will ever decide to participate in a meaningful way in that specific activity. Rather, it's because of the work that it's catalysing, both extending blogging and going way beyond, as...
on Jul 2, 2003
How often have you asked yourself, "What do Open Source software, peer-to-peer file sharing, and Weblogs have in common with, say, a big lump of disgusting mold?" Never? Neither have I. But that's no reason to leave the question unanswered. In a chapter in Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, author Steven Johnson describes the apparent intelligence behind the...
on Jul 2, 2003
I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at TheServerSide Symposium last weekend. It was a wonderful event, and I hope many more are to follow! It was done in the same vein as Jay's excellent No Fluff, Just Stuff symposiums, except with vendors getting more air-time. I much prefer far less vendor (read: None!) sales pitches, but it was generally done tastefully with vendor keynotes...
on Jul 2, 2003
Don't ask me why but I ordered my copy of the O'Reilly Tomcat book online instead of picking it up at the bookstore at JavaOne. My copy just came in the mail. It's nice to see how Tomcat has matured and that we now have access to a bound reference on this popular server which has become an industry workhorse. Thanks to the authors, the contributors, and to O'Reilly for a very...
on Jul 1, 2003

Tools

One of the things that I've been somewhat annoyed by is the sheer variety of data types floating around. I'm reminded of the old days, when connecting to a BBS and you had to specify even/odd parity, or the bit order - nowadays, you can pretty much just assume that you can connect with a PPP connection to get a TCP/IP "dialtone." I've been somewhat surprised at how long the data type problem has...
on Jul 14, 2003
I recently downloaded the M1 release of Eclipse for Mac OS X and I'm really pleased with the improvements over the previous release. The biggest change by far appears to be improvements to the underlying SWT implementation for OS X. These improvements are quite noticeable in the application's performance, stability, and general interaction with the IDE. The editor feels speedier...
on Jul 1, 2003

J2ME

Hey, I used to work in the wireless software industry... and of course, any sentence that begins with that phrase usually ends in "and we all got laid off". Which we did. But despite that experience, I still have a passing interest in J2ME, even though that the tools for it aren't available on Mac OS X. Earlier today on java.net, Bill Day lamented that situation. Where Bill and I part ways, is...
on Jul 2, 2003