When
· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · June
· · · · 26 (3 entries)

Enterprise Open Source · Among the flur­ry of Ja­va One an­nounce­ments is GlassFish, CDDL-licensed source code for some­thing called “Sun’s Ja­va Sys­tem Ap­pli­ca­tion Serv­er PE 9”. I said “Huh?” and they ex­plained to me that this was our im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ja­va EE spec and I said “Oh good, we’re open-sourcing EE!” and they sneered at me and said “No, EE is de­fined by a par­tic­u­lar bi­na­ry that pass­es a par­tic­u­lar com­pat­i­bil­i­ty test, so in prin­ci­ple you couldn’t open-source it”. Uh, right. Any­how, I am quite sure our ef­fi­cient PR peo­ple will be emit­ting a flood of de­tails and FAQs, so I’d just like to tsk-tsk gen­tly at our friends out there (y­ou know who you are) that rushed in­to print last week de­plor­ing our clue­less­ness for not do­ing what was done to­day. Hey guys, cut us a lit­tle slack. And a tip o’ the hat to Bob Su­tor who did.
 
NetBeans Buzz · I came down to Ja­va One a day ear­ly be­cause they asked me to join the closing-keynote pan­el on NetBeans Day. Now, I’ve been known to bang the NetBeans drum in this space, but to be hon­est I haven’t tried any of the com­pe­ti­tion re­cent­ly and I have ze­ro feel­ing for how the mar­ket is shak­ing out; so all I can say is that NetBeans works pret­ty well and pret­ty fast, for me. To be hon­est, I won­dered whether all the NetBeans hap­py talk you find around blogs.­sun.­com might be part­ly com­fort­ing Sun-to-Sun cheer­lead­ing. Now, I don’t think so; they had 800+ peo­ple here to­day (up from 100 or so last year); and it’s been elec­tric. Here­with some high points and pic­tures and (strict­ly for NetBeans user­s) some help­ful hints ...
 
Pride! · I rolled in­to San Fran­cis­co mid-morning and didn’t have to be at work till noon, so I took the BART rather than a cab. I hadn’t done the SFO train for a while and it’s pret­ty ef­fi­cient these days, I rec­om­mend it. Any­how, it was a good thing I did, be­cause I emerged from the sub­way to the sound of drums and the pranc­ing of ma­jorettes, in fact some ex­treme­ly ma­jor ma­jorettes if you know what I mean, to­day was the big Gay Pride week­end. My pic­tures didn’t come out that well, so here are some men­tal snap­shot­s: the drum ma­jorettes, all pizazz and rhyth­m, I think they were re­al­ly girls too but well any­how; this dude with a Ford Pin­to en­tire­ly cov­ered in span­gles (win­dows too, driv­er too); and the gag­gle of gay cop­s, some of them were ultra-tuff-looking but my fave was the chub­by la­dy mo­tor­cy­cle cop grin­ning ear to ear on her huge gleam­ing hawg. It was a re­al treat for me be­cause I was stand­ing be­hind these two big loud-voiced guys that cheered wild­ly at ev­ery float and march­ing band, and gai­ly heck­led the cop­s; not the marching-in-the-parade cop­s, the keeping-order-by-the-curb cop­s: “You go, girl! Shake that bootehhhhhhhh”. They even cheered the unglam­orous po­lice com­mis­sion­er wav­ing de­ter­mined­ly in her dowdy con­vert­ible. By co­in­ci­dence, on the way down to San Fran I read God and Coun­try, an ex­cel­lent New York­er piece that, while al­so about Amer­i­ca, is def­i­nite­ly cov­er­ing a dif­fer­ent tribe than the one turn­ing out for the pa­rade. It’s hard to be­lieve these tribes share the same coun­try. Any­how, we had fun at NetBeans Day, but I think they had more over at the pa­rade.
 
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