In The Stupidest Sun Employee Fred Grott attacks Simon Phipps, Sun's chief technology evangelist about a quote from him in the CNET article Sun reaches out to JBoss, calling him stupid.
The quote is:
However, Phipps said he doubts that JBoss software will pass the compliance test. Basing his opinion on public information, he said, JBoss software does not appear to implement all of the J2EE specification.
"I predict that now that we're calling their bluff, they will make up another excuse for not doing the tests".
This quote and the whole JBoss/Sun story has been covered much more thoughtfully in other blogs and articles:
What Is The Root Problem Between Sun and JBoss? [Random Thoughts]
Sun Gets Tough with J2EE 1.4 Certification [Silicon Valley Internet.com]
Sun offerring JBoss J2EE tests [A cup of JOE]
Disclaimer: although this weblog is private, I also happen to be a Sun employee. My views do not reflect those of my employer. Blah, Blah, Blah..., like Chiara says :-)
I won't prononce myself on the Sun/JBoss story for 2 reasons:
- It is more a marketing/legal story than technical, so I'm not very interested in it
- I don't want any trouble with the company which pays my check: I'm not as open as Russel Beattie :-)
I will just say that I have some admiration for the technical achievements of the JBoss team: I have read Marc Fleury's 2 books and the Blue paper, (see Blue, Why Marc Fleury loves EJBs) and learnt much from them, and I follow the JBoss 4 new AOP framework with great interest.
Fred is free to make ad hominen attacks if it suits his desire, but I just won't read him anymore. Too bad because apart from that his weblog was interesting to read and I was considering adding him to my subscription list. Attacking a man instead of his ideas is always a bad strategy if you try to convince people with a minimum of critical sense.
Then he's attacking the wrong man: I don't know Simon Phipps personally but I find his Webmink blog a pleasure to read and so far he's the only other fellow weblogger I know at Sun. If Simon is "the stupidest Sun employee", Fred's post can be interpreted as a great compliment to our company :-)
Last, in his post Fred mispels Simon's last name, calling him "Mr Philips": this should expose Fred to his own disdain, if you believe the post he made the same day about Tim Bray's XML being hard for programmers:
Lets just say if you are a reader of the this blog for any length of time you know my disdain for those who fail to read and process what they read.
Eat your own dogfood Fred :-)