May 2004 Archives
What does that mean, "sponsorship of the Presidency"?
After spending the end of last week at TSS Symposium's "AO[P] Immersion Weekend and EJB Bar-B-Que", I've really started to understand AO[P], and how it really pervades what we've been doing for years without us realizing it. For example
$ javac Foo
is actually "applying the VM aspect to a class file"! Stay tuned, this is only going to get weirder.
EJB seems to be headed to be an endorsement of Hibernate as EJB 3.0.
Now, I use Hibernate. I like Hibernate. But why must it be EJB? Why can't I have a choice to use Hibernate or like, and then step up to EJB if I need more?
I wasn't able to get plane tickets for TSS until 2 days before due to another nanny-related practical joke the Universe played on me. Bob the ÜberDespot suggested that I look at Song, the new 'budget' airline owned by Delta. As an ex-ATA ("Antiques Airshow") customer, I still have a primordial fear of the budget airline experience. JetBlue has done much to cure me, but the fear is always there.
So I tried Song, and I must admit I really liked it. Granted, the plane was half full and I got an exit row to myself, but the seats seemed big (all seats are coach) in good shape, and each seat had it's own private TV.
The interesting aspect for me is something I've always thought airlines should do - charge for food! When food is provided for free by the airline, and they are getting squeezed to cut costs, guess what gets on the short list. I'm happy to be given the choice and pay for the food on a plane, and figured that what would be offered would be better than what they'd provide for free.
With Song, it works. They have a decent food menu - all seems to be plausibly organic, and they'll even mix you a cosmo if you want. They take credit cards in flight, so no stress on having enough cash.
I'll fly them back home, so I'll see if my opinion changes...
Nope - opinion is the same. Good service, nice people. Took the redeye out of LV on sat night - had a row to myself and slept all the way back...
However, following the TSS "Who's Who in Enterprise Java", hani followed up with what I guess could be called a "Who's Not in Enterprise Java" and I'm apparently "not". I'm in the "Crimes against humanity" section, and have good company : Bob, Jason, James, Graham, Dain and even Martin Fowler. Also seems to be where the JBoss-ers wound up (Marc, Bela, Remi and Gavin...)
In this article, Marc Fleury, the CEO of JBoss claims that the implementation of Axis is gone :
"I'm talking about the implementation [of SOAP in the Apache Axis project]. The implementation is gone. So the rug was pulled out from under our feet, basically."
Marc is wrong. The 'IBM fork' that he's referring to happened years go, and the Axis community just kept going. Without a problem. Code didn't disappear - it can't - it's owned by the ASF!
Axis has had 3 releases since then, a solid roadmap, and is part of the Apache top-level webservices project. Don't believe Marc. Don't believe me. Just go see for yourself.
and the Axis project site :
We've been having an interesting discussion on TSS about the BSD vs GPL licensing.
Bill Burke suggested we take it out of the thread (which was about Geronimo's M1 milestone release), and start a new thread.
Here be the new thread. I'm just hoping that everyone isn't exhausted.