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As I look over my choices for various tasks, I'm a little unsettled at how many choices I have, what they do, and how they interoperate. I'm not going to be the one to say that innovation is a bad thing, but too much innovation probably is a bad thing. In software design, it usually means the innovator hasn't looked into appropriate technology enough to know how to use what's available, so a new technology, a new mechanism, is invented. Witness BlueDragon, Vignette StoryServer, Velocity, Cocoon, XTP, CFMX, and JSP: all attempt to solve the same problem, albeit in different ways. That means that people wanting to generate active content have a lot of choices: master CFML, Vignette's deployment, Velocity's templating syntax, Cocoon and XSL, Resin's XTP, or JSP's various oddities; we can throw in other variants like ATG Dynamo...it goes on and on, even without necessari... (more)

The Culture Conflict

(June 17, 2003) - Lately Sun and The JBoss Group have been rather publicly sparring over the use of the J2EE brand, culminating in quite a bit of heat (and little light) in the press and in the blogosphere. It's been something I've watched for a while, because this kind of schism can be very bad for Java, and right now, Java's my bread and butter. I've been spending some time trying to figure out what the root causes are, and how to potentially fix things. I've not gotten very far. However, I think I understand more of the reasoning behind both sides: it's a culture conflict, bet... (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)

For the Coming Year...

It's that time of year, when the air is crisp and cool, and lights fill the air with the glint of good cheer and renewal. It's when wishes are fulfilled; when revitalization is just around the corner. I'd like to take some time to share some of the things I'd like to see for the next year, and about the people for whom I'd like to see them. For Sun: I'd love for them to come up with a unified business and marketing plan, and stick to it. They have a marvelous suite of products, filled with potential; however, poor marketing and occasional shoddy construction mangle it in the fie... (more)