Just got sent this link about a new software product


The best feature ? 10 second demos ! No kidding, several of them.

Information Overload Dictates:

... I don't read or watch anything that takes more than a few seconds. There's just too much out there.

What really cracks me up is when companies send me 1 hour webinar links. As if I'm going to take an hour to watch a webinar about a software product ? On YOUR schedule, not mine ? Are you kidding ? Read more »

With the release of it's long anticipated FAQ regarding it's plans for Sun after acquisition, Oracle has now posted a form of an IQ test for Information Management (Note: Oracle has removed the referenced document). 

The release is both welcomed and helpful. Will it kill MySQL ? No, it will invest more. Same answer as well for Glassfish and other key technologies such as Java itself. Good news from almost any perspective, as these are all key technologies. Read more »

Who Needs This Book?

Not every Java programmer is excited about OSGI. If you work in a slow moving, buttoned down environment, you may have no incentive to decouple your projects and their many, possibly competing, dependencies. Everyone on your team agrees that productivity is not an issue. Your world is good, without OSGI. 

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A great presentation at a local user's group today did a demo on the different ways to compromise a desktop Java app.

These threats aren't necessarily peculiar to Java, but it's worthwhile to recap them here.

[ Maybe that's why I don't know anyone other than myself and the eclipse folks who write desktop java code? ] Read more »


Welcome to my new Java programming blog. It's new, in that it didn't exist before.

It's not so new, in that posts from couldbe.net relating to java and programming are now moved here, so this new blog has plenty of content from the last couple of years.


Look no further than last night's Spring Dallas User's group meeting for indication of how deeply Spring has cut into the mindspace of java enterprise programmers.


Spring Rivals Java Enterprise In Developer Interest ?

This is a "special interest group" for the java community in Dallas, and last night was almost as large an attendance as some of our JavaMUG meetings.

JavaMUG is a hugely successful, well attended, and long lived user group, so this should not be ignored by anyone who is planning projects over the next decade, Spring really does rival enterprise java at this point Read more »

Neal Ford came to JavaMUG this week to a packed crowd of 65 developers. The big story for me was his un-expected comments about IBM's product line.

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This talk was advertised as 10 Ways To Improve Your Code.

This may sound like a lame topic, but Neal Ford is from ThoughtWorks, which is no lame outfit.

His talk was everything you would expect,  from the best that ThoughtWorks and the No Fluff Just Stuff circuit could offer.

I got a lot of helpful coding tips, for example something we don't always hear in talks at our user's group - a caution against "Ancticipatory Design" where you don't try to design around any anticipated needs until they actually show up. Being a more seasoned veteran than 28 years ago when I started, I'm willing to admit how true that actually is, even if I never thought about it much before.

Top Ten Tips Includes Dark Humor About WSAD ?

Neal's comments are always colorful, but number one on his Top 10 Corporate Code Smells is "There is a reason WSAD isn't called WHAPPY". Read more »

Last week was my fourth week here at Genuitec, and they are still saying things like "I'm sure you've done [* one or another practice *] at other places you've been."

Well, I haven't. Not like this anyway. Read more »

Setting aside my natural state as the reclusive nerd-type I flew in to Silicon Valley this week for my first EclipseCon. Lots of new experiences to take in, new aquaintances, and a first convention representing my new employer, Genuitec.
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Sun's Gregg Sporar presented at JavaMUG tonight on memory leaks. We had a really good crowd, about 58 people.

The biggest thing I picked up from the presentation is why there would ever even be any memory leaks - because I would never write any in my programs, of course. So I had to learn how others might write leaks that I would be asked to fix. :)  Never lie, either, except in this blog. Read more »