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If you read my editorial last month (JDJ, Vol. 7, issue 4), you'll recall that I was trying to work out just who the Java community was and whether or not you or I feel a part of it. Well, I think I met the community at JavaOne 2002. During JavaOne we spoke to over 100 people at SYS-CON Radio, and recorded and uploaded these conversations to JDJ's Web site. Some are more interesting than others, and some have more to offer the Java developer. There's a lot of jargon to wade through in these interviews and it's often tricky to identify what it all means. Two years ago, the big thing that so many companies were talking about was application servers and how they were going to save the world. That area of the Java world has now consolidated and the emphasis at JavaOne had progressed to the next stage - software to analyze our software! There was a major focus on testing... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Sun Microsystems and Novell, Inc.

  SYS-CON Radio Host Keith Brown interviews Kelly Perey, Senior Director, Partner Programs & Services, Sun Microsystems; and Kent Boogert, Senior Software Engineer, Novell, Inc. Click here to listen {interview in MP3 format} ... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Wily Technology

  SYS-CON Radio Host Keith Brown interviews Lewis K. Cirne, Founder and CTO, Wily Technology Click here to listen {interview in MP3 format} ... (more)

Stress-Free Java

This month I'm at peace with the world so this editorial may seem somewhat relaxed and, dare I say, floppy. I've recently taken up Yoga - calmness in the mind, strength in the body, peace in the soul (or words to that effect). I mention this because I've felt the need to relax more outside the office, and this seemed the perfect way. I know this is common in certain jobs where perhaps a lot of money is at stake with every minor decision. The kinds of jobs that frankly provide way too much stress and people problems. I never expected stress as a Java developer! Strange, is it not... (more)

To Be or Not To Be Certified…

Yesterday I received an A4 piece of cardboard from Sun Microsystems signed by Scott McNealy. I peered at the signature and angled it to the light to see if it was a printed signature or a real one from the pen of Mr. McNealy himself. It was hard to tell. The piece of cardboard said that I had "Fulfilled all requirements as a Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform." Hooray! All those nights trawling through an unbelievably thick book had paid off. Not to mention the time and money invested in a five-day Java course from Sun Educational Services. I stopped short of buyin... (more)