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Joseph Ottinger

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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 of the US, that's a lot of goats. Given the choice between NetBeans and... Notepad, I usually spend a minute pondering whether I can keep remembering to check extensions on filenames before realizing that I can, and I end up with sucky ol' Notepad instead of bothering with NetBeans. That sai... (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)

Can I Use Java with .NET?

Of course you can. .NET is a platform; Java is a platform. One convenient feature of .NET is that it uses SOAP internally for messaging; provided Microsoft sticks to the SOAP spec (that they helped write!) that means that Java will be able to leverage .NET services without even knowing they're based on .NET. This is a huge, impossible-to-understate win for the programming world, if the promise holds true. Because it would make MS far less perceptually dominant, Your Humble Author actually doubts MS will continue down this path; MS prefers to be perceptually dominant as well as fa... (more)

It Just Works

We tend to see the United States through a lens made up of its major population centers: New York; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Miami; Atlanta; Chicago; and a few others. That's because these are the places that have things "going on," and as a result we get a skewed picture not only of what the United States is about, but of what the United States actually is. From this bird'seye view, you get the sense that America is all about urban angst, hip-hop, people crammed into shiny metal boxes. The truth, however, is quite different. Those things are part of America, to be sure, but t... (more)

Let's Do Better

There's a J2EE tie-in. I promise. A fellow user mentioned something the other day about using libraries in Java. He said, and I paraphrase, that he simply didn't feel comfortable using a library if it couldn't be explained in one page. For the sake of argument, I'll assume he didn't mean one 400K page. I'm not sure I wholly agree with his statement, but his point is well taken. When I look for a tool, I want that tool to have a very clear purpose and documentation. A name should be an easily associated mnemonic, perhaps a direct tie-in to purpose, and the documentation should all... (more)