One score and One

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Wednesday, August 29. 2007 in Personal

Has it really been a whole 'nuther year already? Sure has. Eileen and I have been married for 21 years now. We have a son in college, one in high school and one in elementary school. And it still feels like only yesterday when we exchanged our vows. How can time fly by so quickly when so much has happened during that span of years...?
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Let's help out Greg

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Tuesday, August 28. 2007 in Personal

It was just early this morning that I found out that Greg Stein was mugged and seriously injured last Friday. Greg's is personally a good friend, but also one of those rare people who have shaped the open source community in numerous ways. His contributions are many and varied, from being Director and previous Chairman of the ASF, to the driving force behind several open source (and related) technologies, like WebDAV, APR, Subversion, Python, etc... Greg is home now but, as he says, "I'm alive, but not feeling well at all". The truly sad and shocking thing is that Greg was already on crutches before the attack, making this recovery even harder... I'm sure had Greg not been previously injured, the muggers would have been whomped so badly that they would have needed to crawl back to the gutter they came from. Kevin Burton has started a fund to help Greg out, a fund fully authorized by Greg. It's time for the community to rally together; Let's all help Greg out, someone who truly, truly deserves it. Donate Now to the Greg Stein Fund
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All for the want of $24,500

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Friday, August 24. 2007 in Junk Drawer

For those with a little extra spending cash: Robot
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SUNW -> JAVA

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, August 23. 2007 in Junk Drawer

So, Sun is going to change its stock ticker symbol from SUNW to JAVA. Why? Because, basically, people know Java (since it is "near infinite to the internet") and its " ubiquitous logo", and not that many people know Sun. And heck, after all, they put a lot of time and resources into the Java brand and crafting the impression that it's "Java or Nothing" ("Java is for Enterprise; everything else are tinker toys") ... They should benefit from some of that. But tell me, for a company that puts soooo much into Java, how much are they really going to be willing to, now more than ever, care what the community thinks as far as direction, goals, specifications, etc... for Java. The next several months will be very telling indeed. Here's hoping Sun does the Right Thing, for Java's sake.
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One has to laugh

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, August 23. 2007 in Programming

I saw this link on Sanjiva's blog which was titled Building distributed systems is hard, in which I agree 100%. But when I read the following statement from Stefan, who is summarizing a blog post from Dan Diephouse, I couldn't help but laugh: building your own protocol using Web services is a lot easier than understanding and using HTTP correctly. Huh? Are there simpler protocols than HTTP? For sure. But is it really easier to "build" your own, which hopefully has at least a small fraction of the capability of HTTP, than to take some time and understand, well, the protocol being used by the web after all? And doesn't HTTP have almost universal acceptance? Don't people build and use HTTP clients every day? Web services are supposed to be used after all, aren't they? And do we really need yet another protocol simply because one can't be bothered to "understand and use HTTP correctly"? Good thing that Stefan understands all this, since he finishes up with which IMO means that investing the time and effort to learn and apply RESTful HTTP is an investment that pays off very quickly. So it looks like he sees the light. Yeah, you might be able to create a simpler protocol, but you've given away way too much when you do that. People claim a common issue with WS is that it "ignores" the web; but it hardly does any good dismissing it, as if HTTP is a set of shackles, rubbing you raw. Why even bother calling it Web Services anymore. Just call it Network Services and be done with it. And if it's hard to do something architecturally logical (like create a web service using the web) in Java, then maybe it's either time to look at another language, or look at dropping all that nasty "overhead" that makes it hard.
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