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This article was originally published in print on December 3, 2003"Eclipse represents the worst of Java" Lately, there's been a lot of guff spouted about how Sun isn't joining Eclipse. While I understand the bitterness aimed at Sun somewhat, I think that this particular brand of talk is counterproductive and, dare I say it, wrong. The talk tends to center around the concept of NetBeans and Eclipse using common technology, and I think this is misguided, and here's why. I really dislike Netbeans. I think it blows goats from here to Sussex, and considering that I live in the middle of the US, that's a lot of goats. Given the choice between NetBeans and... Notepad, I usually spend a minute pondering whether I can keep remembering to check extensions on filenames before realizing that I can, and I end up with sucky ol' Notepad instead of bothering with NetBeans. That sai... (more)

Java Trends - Exclusive Interview with Amy Fowler

Joe Ottinger had the opportunity to talk with Amy Fowler, a senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems and one of the founding members of the Java Swing GUI Toolkit, and discuss Swing, JSF, the JDNC, and some general trends in Java. JDJ: Can you tell us what your role is at Sun now? Amy Fowler: Officially, I'm the technical lead of the Java Desktop Network Component (JDNC) project, which aims to simplify Java desktop client development for Web-enabled applications. Unofficially, I'm a rich-client agitator. I've been at Sun forever and have been an engineer on the J2SE client team... (more)

Sun Is Losing Its Way

I've been actively involved with Java development in one way or another since 1996, including working with some of the original issues of the servlet specification, the early adaptation of the EJB spec, and migration to JSP not long after it became an official part of the J2EE spec. I remember when Rick Ross first sent his e-mails for Javalobby on Usenet; I remember playing with the specs to discover if the grail was to be found in them as promised. It hasn't come through for me. That's okay, because technology is and will always be a moving target; I've refined what the grail is ... (more)

The Kids Are Alright

Every month we're told again and again how Java is on its way out. A multibillion-dollar company tells us that, while hiring other large companies to say the same thing. One sad group of souls says it's because of Java's licensing, or the lack of features available in other languages or frameworks, and another wails that Java's too flexible, while another set says that Java's too slow. It ain't so. The oddest thing about all this, to me, is that Java is one of the best languages around, and all the yammering about it is an indication of its health. You don't eulogize for very l... (more)

It Just Works

We tend to see the United States through a lens made up of its major population centers: New York; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Miami; Atlanta; Chicago; and a few others. That's because these are the places that have things "going on," and as a result we get a skewed picture not only of what the United States is about, but of what the United States actually is. From this bird'seye view, you get the sense that America is all about urban angst, hip-hop, people crammed into shiny metal boxes. The truth, however, is quite different. Those things are part of America, to be sure, but t... (more)