Monthly Archives: May 2006
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The Penny Arcade has a great idea for making any conference 1,000 times better. Isn’t Gavin speaking at OSCON this year? I recommend this approach. (Note: mildly NSFW)
Tax prep in California has apparently become too easy in recent years, as the tax prep industry is lobbying to make it more difficult: Soon after ReadyReturn was launched, lobbyists from the tax-preparation industry began to pressure California lawmakers to abandon the innovation. Their opposition was not surprising: If figuring out your taxes were easy, [...]
The Kid and I went to the open house at JPL today. It was pretty cool. They had all sorts of sciency stuff out to look at and sciency people out to answer questions about the sciency stuff. There was a machine learning booth towards the top of the campus where they demoed some of [...]
Come to JavaOne and stand in lines. The good people at Sun seemed to have taken full advantage of the programmer’s natural love of queueing and put huge freaking lines in front of every class. This is amusing, because the bigger classes hold upwards of 1,000 people. Those are some long freaking lines. The way [...]
Hoo boy, am I attending a lot of sessions on Enterprise Java Beans or what? This is my first time at the conference, so perhaps I’ve done things sub-optimally. All I know is that I’ve heard pretty well the same thing at every EJB talk I’ve been to: “Wow, look, we can do all that [...]
JavaOne marches ever onwards. Yesterday was a pretty busy day. I had a huge block of classes in the afternoon, some interesting, some… otherwise. Effective Java Joshua Bloch from Google, who I gather writes a book called “Effective Java,” gave this one. It was fast paced, informative and in general a really good talk. He [...]
Yahoo, my esteemed former employer, is training a monkey to fiddle with gadgets. This is the Best Thing Ever. Google, watch out. (The monkey even has a Flickr account, which is braggable.)
A quick recap of today’s classes at JavaOne. EJB 3.0 So EJB. It’s the complete enterprise solution. It’s web. It’s database. It’s mail. It slices. It dices. It’s everything you always wanted as a child but couldn’t have. Also, Sun apparently thinks the current version of it sucks. Well, maybe that’s a little strong. They [...]
Heh. Microsoft just got up on stage to prattle on about their “interoperability” framework called “Tango.” There’s been a constant sream of people leaving the auditorium ever since.
Greetings from the JavaOne conference in sunny (or foggy, whichever) San Francisco. I’m sitting in Sun’s “general” session where they’re talking about something called “GlassFish,” which is apparently some sort of new J2EE thingamajiggy. Oh, and look, Sun just open sourced JMS (their messaging queue) and NetBeans (their Java IDE). Neat. It’s been a long [...]