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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

Community

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
While totally invisible to the bulk of humanity, there's been a storm in a soup bowl of late as the Great and Good of blog-tech have been focussed into a Wiki to design a successor to RSS and the Blogger API - the name 'Echo' has been mooted as a placeholder. The choice of a Wiki is itself interesting, as Clay Shirkey notes, and from the messages its host has added to many pages the soup bowl has...
on Jul 1, 2003

J2EE

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

Business

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
The first time I saw a Palm V, I thought "I want one". The very next thing I thought was "I want one I can program in Java". Several years worth of developments later, I'm finally going to be able to properly bridge the gap between the two. While we've been able to build and deploy Java applications for Palm OS since the early KVM days, the J2ME runtime itself has always been a separate...
on Jul 1, 2003
Check out my article looking back on the weird and wondrous happenings at this year's JavaOne show.
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

Open Source

One link I've been surprised not to see yet on java.net is a link to the web site run by Sun's Open Source Project Office, SunSource.net. It's not exactly a 'must visit daily' site but it is so packed with projects that I do wonder why folk insist on trying to paint a fundamental conflict between Sun and open source.
on Jul 1, 2003

Mobility

Still looking into Hibernate, expanding a bit into Middlegen. I got a bit distracted by all of the pieces it takes to get it working, and I'm trying to figure out if I can put it all into the system in a clean enough fashion that everyone else will understand what I'm doing. Or, for that matter, so that I understand what I'm doing. There's a sort of Red Hat for Java apps, now, called "Out-of-...
on Jun 30, 2003

Web Services and XML

The way people use the internet is changing. I first heard of RSS less than a year ago when an Artima.com reader emailed me asking if I had considered offering an RSS feed. I replied, "What's RSS?" The reader pointed me to some information about RSS on the web. I thought RSS was a great idea, and within two hours Artima had its first RSS feed, in which I announce new articles at Artima.com....
on Jun 26, 2003