First of all, to add a little more credibility to what I’m about to write,
let me just say that I’m running Princeton Java Users Group (JUG) for years
and have a pretty good idea of how organization of the meetings and
sponsorship work in such gatherings.
Java community is huge, well established and has a loyal following of leaders
and enthusiasts that are willing to spend some of their evenings meeting with
their peers and attending presentations by either well known or by no so
famous yet presenters.
As a leader of this JUG I often receive emails asking to promote among our
members a commercial training event. I do it on one condition: our JUG
members have to get some additional benefits from such a vendor, for example,
discounted price, free speakers coming over to our JUG, free software
During the last several years, I spent a substantial po... (more)
If you didn’t hear that Google has announced that in 2010 consumers will
have a chance to enjoy new Chrome-based OS, stop reading and do you homework
Done? Now we can move on, and let’s do it by the rules – positive things
first, then some bile followed by a happy end.
I really like Google. They produce easy to use applications that work great.
I use their search engine about a hundred times a day. Their applications
Nine months ago they released a Web browser called Chrome, and I liked it.
Back than I suggested that in a year Chrome will bite off a decent chunk of
the Web browser's market. (see
I was wrong. They’ve bitten a really small piece of the browser’s pie.
For lots of companies 3% of any market would be like money from home, but for
Google it’s a failure. Now they sa... (more)
When Wall Street Journal writes, they have their reasons. A couple of days
ago they wrote that IBM wants to buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5B.
To me, this is sad news. I like Sun and don’t want them to die. Neither do
I want to see thousands of Sun’s employees being laid off. But if IBM
will really purchase Sun such consequences are unavoidable.
But if laid off people will be re-hired by other employers, some Sun’s
software will die. I mean will cease to exist.
IBM is a huge firm. It makes hardware, software and has an extensive
consulting arm. While IBM has been always supporting Java and its derivatives
like IDE and J2EE servers, they were always behind. Just look at the delays
in implementing latest Java specs in WebSphere. RAD IDE is not as good as
So what software will die first?
IMO, Glassfish won’t survive. For years, Sun has been pushing this serve... (more)
Dan directed my attention to an interesting article recently, “Are 3-tier
web architecture models too rigid?” in which the author postulates that
“maybe it is time to finally break out of the old 3-tier web architecture
box and retire the concept…”
In addition to a great mention of F5 and an “application delivery tier”
in web architecture models (the concept of which deserves its very own blog
post), the author inadvertently, I think, brings to the fore one of the
reasons SOA might have failed to dominate the world: service inequality.
Most web service managers and architects I talk to describe their
architecture as a "3-tier" model, meaning they have a web server tier, and
appserver tier, and a database tier. However most such architectures in
fact turn out to be much more complicated with ESB components and other
connectors, access control services, mulitple la... (more)
Klee Associates, a SAP training and education provider, has announced the
launch of a new blog dedicated to SAP training and education. The new blog,
titled SAP Training: Taming the Beast, will serve as an ideal setting for SAP
users to obtain free information and education on SAP's ERP software
The blog will offer frequent discussions on all aspects of SAP training and
education, SAP best practices, SAP certification, SAP configuration, SAP how
to instructions, SAP integration, and SAP implementations. Jocelyn Hayes,
Klee Associates' resident SAP expert, will provide educational discussion and
information on SAP software and provide visitors with excerpts from ERPtips'
SAP training manuals. Accompanying her as a fellow blog author is Andy Klee,
founder of Klee Associates, who will offer interviews with SAP training
experts, his views on ERP training, and... (more)
JDJ Editorial Board member Yakov Fain writes: One of my resolutions this year
is to start teaching part-time Java-related classes in some college. That's
why I started browsing the computer science course lists that are being
offered this year. While graduate-level programs offer many interesting
courses, the situation is different in the undergrad world.
Some schools keep teaching how to multiply matrices in Ada or work with
algebraic expressions in Prolog. Half of the courses are preparing
professionals who will be operating on another planet. Information systems
programs look a little more down to earth. Meanwhile, many college graduates
are having a hard time finding their first jobs because many entry-level
programmers jobs are being outsourced overseas, and it'll stay this way as
long as it makes financial sense for businesses. Unfortunately, student loans
Several years ago I was thinking about buying a small gas station in my local
town. I went to my friend Gregory Z., a successful businessman in this field,
and asked him, "How do I start a gasoline business?" He gave me simple but
wise advice: "You know nothing about gas, but know a lot about computers.
Keep doing what you're doing. Just be a little better than others".
I'm trying to follow his advice but I keep thinking how would I apply my
software skills had I bought such a business. So here I am again asking for
your help, advice, and experience: let's automate my virtual gas station.
I've borrowed the money from a bank and now I have:
A four-car gas station A small convenience store (coffee, cigarettes, milk,
newspapers) A repair shop that changes oil, brake pads, and tires Six
employees: one American, two from India, one from Russia, and two from
Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of my employee Alex in a fancy Russian
restaurant. If you haven't tried it, go there - once. The party started late,
and I've never seen such a variety of food on the table at the same time
(they call this setup "bratskaya mogila," which means "mass grave"). After
five shots of straight vodka, we enjoyed a Broadway-type show, and then more
drinks and food. Anyway, this morning the last thing I wanted to do was drive
to my gas station.
Last time I selected a Java Web application framework
(http://java.sys-con.com/read/136518.htm) and for a second, I regretted that
I hadn't implement a Web application. If I had, I could have opened a Web
browser and checked on the business without leaving home. At the moment, I
was pretty sure there were only two types of users that could appreciate Web
Sober people who want to buy... (more)
From Yakov Fain's Blog
One of my favorite bloggers, Paul Graham, has published an essay called
“Microsoft Is Dead.”
He starts, “A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was
dead”, and then explains why he thinks so.
Obviously, Microsoft circa 2007 is not the same as 10-15 years ago.
It’s weaker now, but it’s far from being dead. I’m not a
Microsoft developer, but during the last twenty years I use their products
daily – Windows OS, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio. Last
month, I’ve attended a very interesting technology summit for a small
non-Microsoft crowd at Redmond, WA. I’ve posted a number of more or
less technical blogs with my notes from this event, but this time I’d
like to explain my vision of this software giant as a respond to Paul’s
About fifteen years ago, Microso... (more)
Joel Spolsky doesn't need my help in defending himself. But since he's my
favorite blogger and a person I highly respect, I feel obligated to speak up.
Mr. Curt Monash has written an article implying that Joel overestimates his
importance while not achieving that much since he was able to grow his
company to "only" 25 people.
Mr Monash wrote this article based on the wrong assumption that the number of
employees is an indicator of the success of the founders of the company.
Joel's company has about 25 employees, which is the border number when the
company remains agile, manageable and doesn't require an overhead in the form
of mid-tier management.
Besides, every founder of a company has his/her goals and priorities that may
include (surprise, surprise!) having some spare time for a personal life too.
I have no doubt that if Joel ever decided to open a consulting arm a... (more)
“Have you heard about the crisis?”
From a recent conversation with my colleague.
Well, of course we’ve heard about the crisis. I’m one of three partners
who run a software boutique, and in early September, I did realized that
something was very wrong with the economy. Back then, we’ve deposited a
check from one of our customers, a very large enterprise. A week later,
we’ve got the message from the bank - the check bounced. That company
went belly up.
This was an iron clad proof that this is not just a temporary recession. A
friend of mine runs another business – he makes crowns and bridges. He
makes fake teeth. He often complains about bounced checks from doctor
offices, but our case was different – this was not a doctor’s office.
There is a popular definition: “Recession is when your friend got laid off.
Depression is when it happened to you”. To ... (more)