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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)

The Ideal Way Forward for Software Development

My mother bought a computer for her birthday, the usual affair – Windows, printer, scanner, speakers, etc. She’s a complete novice and needless to say, she’s having a hard time working the thing. Her main complaint (I think in relation to word processing) is that it does far too many things that she doesn’t want it to do and the terminology is confusing. I can empathize – as a Java programmer, Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) have, in the past, confounded me in the exact same way, getting in the way of completing the task. These days I’m using a simple text editor with ... (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)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Tyler Jewell, BEA Systems, Inc.

  SYS-CON Radio Host Keith Brown interviews Tyler Jewell, Director, Technical Evangelism, BEA Systems, Inc. Click here to listen {interview in MP3 format} ... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews ObjectFX

  SYS-CON Radio Host Keith Brown interviews George Flannery, Chief Technologist; and Michell Cantin, Director, Product Management; ObjectFX Click here to listen {interview in MP3 format} ... (more)