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...But Who's Counting?
I saw an interesting pie chart identifying the top corporate web servers based on a survey done by Port80 Software... I may be wrong, but just so everyone knows, this doesn't necessarily mean that Microsoft-based technologies are used more than J2 technologies. These are just the web servers. As I'm sure you know, J2EE requires an app server as well. So, theoretically, one could have an IIS web server with an Oracle or IBM app server driving the content. I still think it's an interesting bit of information, ......

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2003 10:24 PM

Need a Girl?
This is pretty good... Are you tired of your friends/parents hounding you about not having a girlfriend?? Or do you have an ex that you want to make jealous?? Then this is the auction for you! I am willing to become your "imaginary" girlfriend that you will now have proof of. I will write you one letter a week and include pictures, cards, whatever...so you can get everyone off your back because you are in a "long distance relationship." If you want, I can even send you emails and online stuff. Just ......

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2003 10:11 PM

Predictions for 2004
Gartner predicts a few interesting things in its document entitled “Predicts 2004: Microsoft Application Platform vs. J2EE.” You should check it out if you have a chance. Of course, without an account, that'll be kind of hard. Sorry. Here's the overview... Although the J2EE application server market is mature and the Microsoft application platform is more technically sound, changes and risks will remain part of the application platform landscape for enterprises in 2004 and beyond. And, here are a ......

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2003 10:02 PM

End of Semester

After my first week out of school, I am enjoying the wonderful time that I have in my evenings. Oh joyous times. Let me tell you: Full-time employment mixed with a hefty 16 semester hour schedule is not fun...especially when you procrastinate on a class because you're too busy thinking about the fun stuff at work.

Anyway, I've got school done, shopping done...I'm good t'go. Now I just need to get back to the list of posts that I've been meaning to write.

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2003 3:51 AM

Coding Standards
One thing that I've always seen, but never understood was the use of spaces over tabs. Does anyone have any good reasons for this? I prefer tabs because they are easier to use. For instance, if I need to delete an indention, I press backspace. If I need to move left one indention, I press the left arrow...both ONE time, not four. Different editors work in different ways, but I think that tabs completely ensure the same functionality. If it's a tab, it's treated the same way, no matter what. One person ......

Posted On Monday, December 15, 2003 9:32 AM

Grrr...
Grumble, grumble... Well, you guessed it: Oklahoma vs. LSU. January 4th at 7PM CST. That sucks, but I guess I should find the good in it: Oklahoma should be easier to beat than USC. That, and hopefully I'll be down there partaking in the festivities. There is one problem though. USC was determined #1 in the polls, so of course, that means that, if USC wins at the Rose Bowl, then they will share the national #1 placing with whoever wins the Sugar Bowl...or, however that works. If that's the case, ......

Posted On Sunday, December 7, 2003 10:15 PM

Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
Ok, so I'm working on an assignment for my Technical Writing class and I have to evaluate a website. Sounds pretty easy. I just have to select one website (out of a list) to review. I don't see anything too interesting, so since I like cats, I decided to go for the one about cats, “Feline Reactions to Bearded Men.” Check it out for yourself - it's pretty funny. After viewing the Bork photograph, 26% of the cats exhibited paralysis of the legs and body, including the neck. An additional 31% of the ......

Posted On Sunday, December 7, 2003 1:10 AM

Total Eclipse
Maybe I'm just in the dark (haha...get it? Eclipse...in the dark), but I just found out that Eclipse, IBM's open source J2 IDE, was given its moniker to symbolize its intent to overshadow Sun's own open source development tool, NetBeans. Well, that's what Sun officials claim, anyway. Personally, I like this sort of thing. I'd liek to see more of it, as a matter of fact. Here are a few of my ideas... Sun Block Sun Screen Sun Shade Visual Studio .NET SPF 120 (hehe) This all came about when IBM started ......

Posted On Saturday, December 6, 2003 11:30 PM

Go Team!
As my weak cheers are heard by millions (read: 32) people, I just wanted to take this chance to say... Geaux Tigers! LSU took the SEC chapionship in a very exciting game tonight. It'll be interesting to see who goes to the Sugar Bowl (the national chapionship). For those that don't know, here's the low-down... Rank Team Rec Conference Championship 1 OU 12-1 Lost to KSU (35-7) 2 USC 11-1 Beat OSU (52-28) 3 LSU 12-1 Beat UGA (34-13) Oklahoma was nationally #1 before their chapionship game. They were ......

Posted On Saturday, December 6, 2003 10:32 PM

Plug-in Patent Updates
It looks like the director of the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) ordered a re-examination of the Eolas plug-in patent (patent #5,838,906). It's about time. I guess the W3C barked loud enough to get their attention. Apparently, less than .5% of patents get re-examined and less than 2% of those are requested at such a high level. Concurrently, Microsoft is appealing the court ruling that would have them pay US$520.8 million. During their appeal process, they are working on work-arounds so ......

Posted On Saturday, December 6, 2003 7:14 AM

Scalability
So, I got in a discussion (read: argument) with someone about scalability, right. It all started when a manager made a comment, “.NET isn't as scalable as J2EE.” I of course rebutted by claiming that this was an ignorant statement. Then, a more technical person on this guy's team made the comment, as if it would be any less ignorant. To prove my point, I asked the techie how comparable .NET and J2EE apps would scale considering a Windows-based platform. He proceeded to say that they would ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2003 2:20 PM

CIO Faith in Web Service Platforms
Ain't it beautiful? 369 CIOs were asked which platform is preferred in building Web services Microsoft .NET 46.5%IBM WebSphere 19%Sun One 8.2% Thanks to Rebecca Dias for the slides. Check them out if you get a chance. Good stuff, but I would have preferred a little less marketting-type info...then again, it's really not that bad ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 11:42 PM

All About VB (Not a Religious Post)
Keith Pleas talks about a few VB issues in a recent blog post. He points out that most VB developers are RAD-centric and C# developers are code-centric. I agree with this 100%...and I know Microsoft does, too. He also mentions the move of old VB6 developers to .NET: “...return of the VB programmer who glued together a bunch of stuff...” I think that this is the essence of VB. And, I also think this is why VB has so many problems gaining respect among users of more complex languages. Let's ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 11:30 PM

More Longhorn Questions
I found an old article that talks about some of the issues I brought up about Longhorn's long time-to-market date. Steve Gillmor mentions a possible “Longhorn Lite,” which is what I was getting at with my XP2 idea. I saw another article which talked about releasing some improved security features with Service Pack 2, but I would encourage Microsoft to include all of this in XP2. The more that is in that version of the OS, the more likely people will want to upgrade. And, as far as SP2 ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 9:58 PM

It's All in the Name
I'm looking for a good name for a software development conference-summit-forum-thing. This is an internal event to help share information as well as bring in good people to talk about software issues/innovations. Does anyone have any suggestions? Here are some of the ideas I've been mulling over: Application Development Forum (ADF) Applied Technology Forum (ATF) Applied Information Technology Forum (AITF or “8F”) Information Technology Forum (ITF) Software Development Forum (SDF) Software ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 9:28 AM

Will Linux Take Over the Desktop?
There's been a lot of talk about Linux taking a chunk out of Microsoft's space in the corporate desktop realm. Now, I don't see Linux ever being a huge threat to Microsoft, but it can possibly make a nice dent in Microsoft's income. With Longhorn 2-3 years out, customers are going to be very hungry for some new features. With the recent Windows Server 2003 launch, Microsoft has some time, but pretty soon, I think people will look at this as the time to make a decision. Microsoft needs to realize ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2003 6:09 PM

Corporate Web Logs Pt 2
I'm not sure if web logs will be successful communication tool or not. I guess what I'm worried about is that a number of people within the organization have mentioned that they don't know how much it'd be used. When people have questions, they usually call select individuals to answer their question. Everybody knows: programmers are hard-headed - especially the good ones. Most programmers don't want to accept someone else's opinion when they have one of their own. And, for problems with projects, ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 2, 2003 7:02 PM

Coding Conventions
There was a recent survey on the Code Project website that asked, “What notations do you use when coding?” I was surprised to see that nearly 53% of the respondants claimed to use Hungarian notation, with all but a few of those using prefixes (i.e. m_ for member variables). Now, I'm sure none of the respondants use only one naming convention, but I thought it was refreshing to see that Hungarian hasn't died - I am still a big fan. Generally, I use the following... Local variables: Hungarian ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 2, 2003 4:54 AM

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