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Time with an English Accent · I’ve been watch­ing the new thing to see how it holds up on its first day in pub­lic, and one of the feeds was about a talk­ing clock, some­thing that ac­tu­al­ly I don’t want in the slight­est, but it said click here for a Ja­va We­bS­tart de­mo. Frankly, I’ve had bad luck with that tech­nol­o­gy, but I gave it a whack and (after down­load­ing a cou­ple meg and ig­nor­ing the blood-curdling se­cu­ri­ty warn­ings) there was this slick lit­tle app that looked en­tire­ly OS-X-native in­ton­ing the time-of-day at me Bri­tish­ly. Hey, this Ja­va stuff is gonna catch on.
The 25-Year Value Proposition · I had lunch with Mike and Chris­tian of Make Tech­nolo­gies here in Van­cou­ver, and in my new ca­pac­i­ty at Sun got my ear bent about the Ja­va val­ue propo­si­tion. Their key point was: prob­a­bly more half of the da­ta be­ing crunched out in the busi­ness world is be­ing crunched by COBOL pro­grams on main­frames. When these sys­tems re­al­ly fi­nal­ly can’t be lived with any longer, the CIOs who have to re­place them no­tice that they’re decades old. They’re smart guys who try to learn from what they ob­serve, and they de­duce that the next big piece of in­fras­truc­ture is apt to be with them for a long time. “So,” they won­der, “this JES stuff (or .NET, or what­ev­er) they’re try­ing to sell me, will it still be a vi­able plat­form in 25 years?” Put that way, it sounds to me like a damn good ques­tion. I think the Ja­va an­swer is about as good as anyone’s at the mo­men­t, but I sus­pect it’s some­thing that none of us on ei­ther the ven­dor or cus­tomer side have been putting enough thought in­to.
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