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Joseph Ottinger

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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 since the days we called it the "JDK" and there were a total of eight packages. Most of that time I've spent on the Swing team, with a year-long tour of duty in J2EE as the JSF spec lead, trying to define a component model in the otherwise amorphous Web tier. So I have history, perspective,... (more)

Do Java and .NET Really Compete?

It's with continued amusement that I constantly read about how Java should be defended from .NET, and how .NET will destroy Java. I understand the invective used by both sides, but the shine is starting to wear off; it's time to stop hurling insults, and examine what the future really holds. In my opinion, Java and .NET don't truly compete on a meaningful technological front - because both include easy hooks that allow for convenient interoperability. .NET marshals information transfer through the use of formatters, sort of like interceptors that translate data into an internal ... (more)

Where Are the Components?

Sun's 10,000,000 developer mark is annoying me. I was surprised they had the gumption to say it in the first place and, as it sinks in, the implications are staggering. The implications aren't new, mind you - Sun also admitted they'd dropped the ball on marketing Java. It's just become more surprising to me over time. Why? It's an admission that Java has had a lot of trends enforced that simply haven't worked, and won't work. I give you JavaBeans, EJBs, and a popular Web framework as examples. JavaBeans were meant to be the drag-and-drop that brought the VB developers into the f... (more)

JDJ Archives: Eclipse vs NetBeans - "Point/Counterpoint" Special

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 o... (more)

Java Viewpoint: "I'm Starting to Like Java Studio Creator..."

I am really coming around to Java Studio Creator. I spoke with Jim Inscore from Sun today about it, after detailing my initial impressions on it, and we spent some time discussing the product, its positioning, and its future role. For one thing, he never called it "Rave," that I remember. I like the name "Rave;" it's distinctive, it has a certain panache. That said, it's only a code name for Sun, and lacks Sun's typical vanilla naming, so we have "Creator," instead. We talked about where Studio Creator fits in the developer landscape. Sun places Studio Creator squarely in the cor... (more)