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Repost: TheServerSide, you suck. TSS readers, you do too.

As editor for TSS, I had a specific audience and specific goals in mind. The audience was the tech industry, primarily enterprise Java developers. The goals were to impart knowledge to the audience that otherwise might involve investments of time that the audience might not want to make — to vet the content before wasting [...]

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Repost: On “It’s a Miracle,” a horribly bitter song

“It’s a Miracle” is a creepy, scary, bitter, sad song in more ways than I think I can count. The last verse is a personal rant by Roger Waters on Andrew Lloyd Webber – and God forbid I ever feel like that about anyone on earth – but the rest of the song is so… [...]

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Repost: The $90 cup of water

True story: I paid $90 USD for a cup of water. This is the explanation, and if you were there, please forgive any lapses of memory, okay? The setting: TSSJS 2006. It was my first TSSJS, the first one where I was not only present but the organizer. I didn’t go on stage, because I’m [...]

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Repost: Jihad for Dummies

Okay, so apparently Hamas fired a Stinger at an Israeli Apache helicopter, unaware that their Stinger was prepped with a friendly-fire protection mechanism that refused to target the Apache. There’s a perfect comment to the blog post: In this fallen world, we must inevitably have enemies. By God’s grace, He willed that they be total [...]

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Repost: Half-docs, non-docs, and… docs

I found a reference this morning on OSGi’s “buddy classloading” in reference to Spring, OSGi, and GigaSpaces. In addition to being, like, informative (thanks, Steve), it also had a reference to something Steve called “non-docs”: To press button B, click the B button. That’s perfect. It sums up OSGi documentation perfectly. But there’s another level [...]

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Repost: Adding high availability in Terracotta DSO

Terracotta DSO is a package for distributing references in a heap across virtual machines. (Thus: Java. I thought it included C#, but Geert Bevin reminded me that I’m an idiot.) That means that if you have a Map, for example, you can set it to be shared, and your application can share it with other [...]

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Repost: Whatever happened to JDO?

Someone on IRC asked about JDO (Java Data Objects) this morning: “Why isn’t JDO all that widespread?” Well… that’s a good question. JDO was supposed to be such a great technology that it really should have done much better than it did in the industry. Let’s be real here: JDO wasn’t bad technology at all. [...]

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