A Couple of Ideas

September 7, 2014

A journal system: this seems very viable and useful.

A music server: Perhaps a bit more ambitious, a system where I can serve music (maybe more and different content later) that I can serve from a central server and stream the content to a client.

Reboot Project: Journal System

August 31, 2014

I’ve been meaning to start journaling for a while. I don’t want to keep a paper journal because, well, what if I want to put something private in my journal? I don’t want the whole world to see it. I think this might be a good project to work on. I have some good ideas for the short term as well as some ideas for future expansion.

More to come…

Reboot: My Tech Blog 2.0

August 31, 2014

So, recently, I was inspired to pick up some lost habits. Once again I shall take up the challenge to learn a new language.

Last year I refreshed my JavaScript knowledge. My overall evaluation of my experience with this can be summed up as “Meh.”

JavaScript is a powerful language. There is a lot to it, especially with the HTML 5 standards gaining momentum and the capabilities of today’s browsers. You can do a lot with it.

In the interest of learning with a purpose, my next language will not be simply an academic study of the language. I need a meaningful project to help guide my efforts. This project selection is as important as the language I select for the implementation.

More on this later…

Senior Developer’s Challenge

March 26, 2013

I was going through my email this morning…through all of the typical “trade rags” that I get:

  • bitpipe
  • serverside
  • java blogs daily

I really enjoyed the Javalobby article by Arpit Mandliya on the Observer Design Pattern. Check it out. It is really thorough and is, I think, a really under-appreciated pattern.

Anyhoot…it got me thinking about how much I miss being in code all day/every day as a part of my job (my job as a senior developer is to develop/coach junior developers how to be better developers, NOT coding… 😦 ). And that got me thinking about a challenge I got from one of my mentors (like a hundred years ago!) to “learn a new language every year”. WOW! Now THAT was FUN!!

So, I decided to take up that challenge again this year and make it one of my “personal growth” goals for the year. 🙂 Now I just need a new language…or even an aspect of a language that I already know…to work on. Here is my mental list:

  • JavaFX
  • JSF
  • JavaScript (ok…I would have to RE-learn this)
  • Objective C
  • JavaEE

By the way…I don’t consider DSL’s (Domain Specific Languages) and uber scripting langues like Ruby, Grails, and PHP “languages”. Sorry…just my personal opinion.

So, anyone out there who might read my blog, what do you think? I’m sort of leaning toward JavaScript…but I’m open to suggestions.

Java Web Application Frameworks

November 28, 2011

I recently came across this blog post on the topic of the “Best 5 Java web application frameworks”:

The list is the author’s top 5 favorite Java web application frameworks so I would, naturally, expect the list to be completely subjective. While I disagree with the order of the list (naturally, my list would be subjective as well 🙂 ), I agree that 4 of the 5 listed are in the top 5.

The one framework that I found surprising that made the list is JBoss Seam. I haven’t really heard anything about that for a couple of years. The one thing I remember that I liked about Seam was the Conversation context that it introduced and that I thought would have been a compelling reason for Seam to take off, but, as far as I can tell, never did. Unfortunate.

The one framework that I found surprising that did not make the list was JavaEE. Especially with the new version that is, now, very lightweight and streamlined for enterprise and web application development. I found it a little curious that it did not make the list. Hmmm…

With that said, I now give my own list of my top 5 favorites in order of preference. I would like to preface this list by saying how difficult I found it to choose between #1 and #2 and the reason I put Spring MVC at #1 is because that is where I have more experience than with JavaEE6. However, I fully anticipate that to change as I write more systems in JavaEE6. I have started seeing a lot of bloat in the Spring space lately and I don’t necessarily like what I’m seeing.

1. Spring MVC
2. JavaEE 6
3. JSF 2
4. Wicket
5. Struts 2

Possible Conspiracy?

November 1, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Apple, Oracle, and Google and all of the misery and nonsense that seems to be surrounding these mega-companies. Now, maybe I’ve just been watching too much “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura”, but it seems to me that some of these things that are going on right now seem to be a little coincidental.

For instance, we all know how much attention Google was getting with their Android phones prior to Oracle’s lawsuits. They even had plans to create a full-blown laptop OS from that platform. Well, let’s just say for the sake of paranoia that Oracle and Apple get together to discuss this Johnny-come-lately of a company. The conversation might have gone something like this:

Apple: I’m sure you wonder why I’ve invited you here today.
Oracle: The thought has crossed my mind, yes.
A: Well, the truth is, this upstart Google is starting to cause me grief in the mobile market and now it looks like they are going to start encroaching on my netbook market and, possibly, my laptop market. Frankly, I’m a little worried about it.
O: Two questions: 1. Why should I care? 2. What do you expect me to do about it?
A: Here’s my proposition: You sue Google for patent and copyright infringement for Java. Make up something that is juicy enough to get the world’s attention but is far fetched enough that nobody will believe it but the courts have to pay attention to it.
O: I like it so far!
A: Then, I will ban Java from all of my computing devices. I will simply deprecate it. The Java developers will certainly feel the pinch because they are in love with my laptops.
O: Okay…then what?
A: After you win your lawsuits and collect zillions of dollars from Google and leave them in a state of chaos, then, you and I announce to the world that we have come to an agreement for having Java on certain Apple devices. Google is left out in the cold. They can’t develop their Android platform because you will own it. With our new agreement, Apple will remove the ban on Java on these new Apple devices and allow the Android platform to continue under bot of our watchful eye. Both of us will be the heroes of the day and Google will sink slowly into oblivion!
O: That’s brilliant! Let’s do it!

Ok. Maybe not in quite those words. But what if…it really has to make you wonder if there is something going on between Oracle and Apple to deflate and destroy Google. I just think the timing is a bit ironic that it seems the perfect storm has arisen that will seem to sink Google. Lawsuits and allegations that Google copied code directly. Lawsuits going on among Android device companies. Apple supposedly leaving Java behind. It just smells bad all the way around, don’t you think?

The Only Valid Measurement of Code Quality

October 20, 2010

Too funny not to repost! 🙂