So I took the plunge and installed Leopard onto my MacBook Pro tonight, and as of right now, I'm not a happy camper. The installation started off well enough--pop in the DVD, bring up the installer, double-click, answer a few form fields, then wait as it verifies the DVD, reboots into the CD-launched installer again, answer a few form fields, then sit and read my latest copy of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine while the installation completes.
Not the BitTorrent of some particular movie or game, but the torrent of changes to the JDK that were held up pending a final blessing on the OpenJDK Mercurial transition. How do I, a non-Sun employee know this? Because I'm subscribed to the build-dev mailing list (which seems to be getting the Mercurial changeset notification emails), and on Wednesday (March 26th), one such email contained 72 new changesets, ranging from extensions to the query API for JMX 2.0: 6602310: Extensions to Query API for JMX 2.0 6604768: IN queries require their arguments to be constants Summary: New JMX query language and support for dotted attributes in queries.
Quick note before I head off to the conference center to do the Scala talk: Darryl Taft covers the "Why the Next Five Years..." keynote from TSSJS. Thanks, Darryl. Update: Just noticed that Darryl also covered Brian's and my "SOAP and REST" talk, as well.
I hate Las Vegas. I'm here for TheServerSide Java Symposium 2008, which has been held here in Vegas for the past (umm... three? four? five?) years, and every time I come here I'm reminded why I really don't like Vegas. It's loud, both in auditory volume and visual noise, it's boisterous bordering on raunchy, the locals are almost always soured by their near-constant exposure to tourists, the tourists are... well, they're American tourists and that says a lot right there, and there's no way to escape it.
Apparently, I'm drawing enough of an audience through this blog that various folks have started to send me press releases and notifications and requests for... well, I dunno exactly, but I'm assuming some blogging love of some kind. I'm always a little leery about that particular subject, because it always has this dangerous potential to turn the blog into a less-credible marketing device, but people at conferences have suggested that they really are interested in what I think about various products and tools, so perhaps it's time to amend my stance on this.
For those who were skimming my blog looking for the notification that the Lang.NET 2008 Symposium videos were back online, look no further.
A couple of people have asked me over the last few weeks, so it's probably worth saying out loud: No, I don't work for a large company, so yes, I'm available for consulting and research projects. If you've got one of those burning questions like, "How would our company/project/department/whatever make use of JRuby-and-Rails, and what would the impact to the rest of the system be", or "Could using F# help us write applications faster", or "How would we best integrate Groovy into our application", or "How does the new Adobe Flex/AIR move help us build richer client apps", or "How do we improve the performance of our Java/.NET app", or other questions along those lines, drop me a line and let's talk.
This delicious little tidbit just crossed my desk, and for those of you too scared to click the link, check this out: Microsoft will begin collaborating with the Eclipse Foundation to improve native Windows application development on Java. Sam Ramji, the director of Microsoft's open-source software lab, announced at the EclipseCon conference in Santa Clara, Calif., on Wednesday that the lab will work with Eclipse . The goal of the joint work, which will include contributions from Microsoft engineers, is to make it easier to use Java to write applications that take full advantage of the look and feel of Windows Vista.
Watch this guy beat calculators, doing two-, three- and then four-digit squares in his head. Have a look if you ever thought you were good at doing numbers in your head. Have a look even if you're of the opposite extreme. (I'm sure there's some other tricks in his head he's using to be able to do this, but the net effect is still impressive, regardless.)
People have sometimes asked me if it's really worth it to go to a conference these days, given that so much material is appearing online via blogs, webcasts, online publications and Google. I think the answer is an unqualified "yes" (what else would you expect from a guy who spends a significant part of his life speaking at conferences?), but not necessarily for the reasons you might think. A long time ago, Billy Hollis said something very profound to me: "Newbies go to conferences for the technical sessions.