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
From Farata Systems blog
Ten years ago I've been doing PowerBuilder and my mentality was different:
first, I was the best friend of business users, and second I did not really
worry about what's under the hood. I could do stuff quickly, or using the
modern jargon, I was an agile programmer without even knowing this (on the
same note, lots of people were creating Ajax applications five years ago
without knowing this, but it's off topic). I'd ask the business user Joe,
"How do you usually do your business, what would you like to have on this
screen, what step do you do after this step?" Most likely Joe did not really
know, but I'd still give him a wide American smile: "No problem, I'll come
back tomorrow and will show you something". Mary, yes you, "What's the most
important word in my last sentence?" No, Mary, not "I'll come back", but
TOMORROW. Not next week, not ... (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)
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)
After running an advanced Flex training in London with my colleague Victor,
we kept asking ourselves, “Why did we like it better than many of similar
events from the past?”
No, it’s not because London is a nice city to visit. It’s not because you
hear "dear" and "darling" all the time. The reason is simple - this was the
strongest (from the skill set perspective) group we’ve ever had. Go Europe,
Besides people from UK, we’ve had attendees from Holland, Belgium, Norway
and even one person (very strong) from South Africa. Does it mean that
European Flex developers are better than American ones?
As usual, there was one 90-minute section with a detailed comparison of Flex
MVC frameworks. As usual, I was softly criticizing the use of MVC framework
in Flex. Yes, I can admit that if you are dealing with low-skilled
developers you may justify using Cairngorm. IMHO, Mate... (more)
We’re starting to writing a book for O’Reilly that’s titled
“Enterprise Web Applications: From Desktop to Mobile.” The book will be
available under the Creative Commons license, which means you can read it and
provide your feedback from the get go. Here’s the github repository where
we’ll keep the current version of the book. In the morning we had a
discussion about the meaning of the word Enterprise applied to Web
applications. Below is the draft we came up with and we ask your input –
would you agree or have a different understanding of the meaning of the term
“Enterprise Web Application”.
The easiest way to do this is by example. Creating a Web application that
will place process orders is not the same as creating a Web site to publish
blogs. Enterprise applications, including company-specific workflows, might
need to be integrated with a number of internal syst... (more)
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)
"I have served as a technical lead on several successful projects and devote
at least an hour a day to keeping current with trends," writes a female Java
architect, Patty, who has been developing Java systems for more than nine
years, in response to in a discussion thread triggered by JDJ's Yakov
Fain by a blog posting he wrote last week in which he noted, while
watching the live SYS-CON.TV coverage from San Jose of the "Real-World AJAX"
seminar, that none of the speakers was female.
"The thing is," Patty adds, "I do all of this during work. In the evenings
and on my own time. I do not log on, talk about computers, Java, or
anything else technical."
"At the risk of over-generalizing," Patty continues, "I think women have
better and more interesting things to do. We value social relationships and
have more well-rounded lives than our male counterparts. That's why you... (more)
Mentality of programmers depends on a programming language or tool they
use. Should they even try to learn what's under the hood in a particular
Ten years ago I've been programming in PowerBuilder. This is a RAD tool and
it does a LOT for you automatically. Creating a simple CRUD application there
is a matter of one day (hello from the 90th, RoR). Anyway, I did not care HOW
PowerBuilder did it under the hood.
Then I switched to Java and started to spend all time programming this "under
the hood stuff". I've learned how to MANUALLY program servlets, JSP, EJB,
Last year, I was working on a project that was using WebLogic's Workshop 8.1
(not a good tool), which was also providing a lot of auto-generated
functionality. But after so many years of writing everything manually, it
gave me an uneasy feeling: the tool was instantiating some objects (if I
Yakov Fain's Blog
This is a short story about my friend (let’s call him Joe). The last 15
years prior to his retirement Joe spent working as a mainframe programmer for
a large financial firm in New York City. He stopped working at 67,
collected well deserved retirement package and was looking forward to a new
life going places around the world and meeting new people. His lovely wife
Mary is a food critic and is also into travel. We often travel with Joe and
Mary, and like these trips a lot. We never feel any age difference because
Joe and Mary are a lot more energetic and interesting people than many 40
years old that I know.
To make a long story short, after a year of enjoying his retirement, Joe got
a call from a former boss asking for help. Outsourcing of their system to
young people did not work out, because the system was rather complex, and
knowing ... (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)