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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Best of Show. [Sam Ruby]

About Alan Kay, Social Software and Chandler.

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Are Dynamic Languages Going to Replace Static Languages? [Ted Leung]
11:37:51 AM    comment []

Jabber or JXTA. [Welcome to the real world]

Don't know why Jabber has more adoption in the open source world than JXTA. Maybe because of the initial application: both are great infrastructures, but Jabber shipped with a useful IM client and server, while JXTA just shipped a useless sample application that is a shell.

11:31:58 AM    comment []

Open Source and Open Standards.[O'Reilly Network MacDevCenter.com]
11:29:19 AM    comment []

Sun evangelist yawns about new Windows server. [TheServerSide.Com: Your J2EE Community Forum]
11:25:28 AM    comment []

Opinion: Sun / JBoss Cold War Heats Up.  [TheServerSide.Com: Your J2EE Community Forum]
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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

David Mertz wrote ONLamp.com: A Primer on Python Metaclass Programming Metaclass Programming allows you to do AOP in Python.

This article seems to be a rehash of his february DeveloperWorks article Metaclass programming in Python

There's also a Python AOP module for Zope, called Transwarp that exploits these techniques.

12:29:56 PM    comment []

Notes from the Chandler Demo is an excellent introduction to Chandler. I tried their release 0.1 and while rough it is very promising. The Notes explain why the platform they build is promising. Based on wxWindows, Python, RDF and jabber, the architecture looks great and very flexible.

I'm just disappointed that they did not chose to implement this on top of Mozilla, which I think had already all the required platform features. I guess that performance, the choice to have native widgets, and the decision to use Python is what triggered their choice.

It's a great opportunity for me to give a try to my new abilities in Python, which I begun to learn 2 months ago and find a very exciting language.

They use Twiki for their wiki site: a very tasteful choice shall I say :-)

12:17:20 PM    comment []

Brian Behlendorf on the air. [Sam Ruby]
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Monday, April 28, 2003

The global advantage.
[Full story at InfoWorld.com]

... [Jon's Radio]

Very interesting article.

Eric, your company uses Collabnet. Very smart.

3:43:13 PM    comment []

JBoss 4 : JBoss Remoting framework documentation available. [Welcome to the real world]
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Characters vs. Bytes. [ongoing]
3:36:33 PM    comment []

Cascading Fisheye Menus.. [Surf*Mind*Musings] [Jon Schull's Weblog]
3:36:08 PM    comment []

Jsh is no more. So I have found another project, JDistro
This project goes further than Jsh: It's purpose is to offer a Java-only desktop where you can run many java applications in the same JVM at the same time. The project is quite good now, and guillaume (the project leader) is a nice guy.

[Java in France]

My friend Laurent Daynes needs to look at that.

3:16:05 PM    comment []

Netbeans 3.5 rocks. and Using Netbeans.... [Java in France]

Good to see some people still love Netbeans. I have not used it in a few years and I need to catch up... as soon as my new machine arrives.

Gérard programs in java, loves Netbeans and lives in France: I need to meet that guy !

3:13:10 PM    comment []

In AOP - another small step Anthony Eden calls for "a revolutionary change in the world of software development". He especialy puts the blame on the fact that we stiff write text.

"Programming right now is still remarkably similar to programming of 10 or 20 years ago, perhaps even further back. Specifically we are still writing text and I personally find this to be a big problem. "

I could not agree more, and as I explain in my previous post, The future of AOP ? Intentional Programming ! , I think Intentional Programming is a good candidate for this revolution. The only thing I worry about is that it's still vaporware today, but I look forward to see what IntentSoft willl release !

Anthony you should read about that: I'm sure it is right on track with the ideas you expressed in your post, and in general in your weblog (editing an Abstract Syntax Ttree instead of text, Visual Programming).


2:10:01 PM    comment []

Friday, April 25, 2003

Twisted Python. The Twisted application framework provides rocket-powered tools for your next network application. [Meerkat: An Open Wire Service]

I need soon to create a new Python category in my weblog :-)

2:06:53 PM    comment []

Request for help from a Geek Volunteer. Over the years, we've donated books to many nonprofits and schools in developing countries. Last October, I received an email from Sudhakar Chandra, a self-described "geek volunteer," that got me thinking about how O'Reilly and other companies could do a better job of supporting the good works of people like Sudhakar. [Meerkat: An Open Wire Service]

I'm glad that Tim's helping Sudhakar. I used to work with Sudhakar when he was at Netscape and he was both an extremely competent geek and a good guy (I till have his old email address in my Netscape addressbook Sudhakar Chandrasekharan <thaths@netscape.com> :-)

I had heard from friends at Netscape that he left the company to do some humanitarian work, and that was well before the dot bomb: I admired him a lot for making this choice then.

Good luck Sudhakar.



1:58:10 PM    comment []

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Marc Fleury's white paper. An important document. Could be as influential as Eric Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Looking forward to reading the Red paper.
3:18:48 PM    comment []

Introducing jAdvise SEQUENCE.. [crazybob.org - web log]

Haven't played with Crazy Bob's new toy yet (I work exlusively in the context of app servers these days), but as soon as I can find some time to experiment I'll give it a try.

3:14:34 PM    comment []

Thursday, April 10, 2003

A conversation with MySQL's Mårten Mickos.
[Full story at InfoWorld.com]
[Jon's Radio]
3:53:55 PM    comment []

A conversation with Brian Behlendorf [Full story at InfoWorld.com]. ... [Jon's Radio]
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Friday, March 21, 2003

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 :-) 

12:32:37 PM    comment []

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