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Bruce Eckel

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Posted: Jan 6, 2006 12:05 PM
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Summary
Mike Levin has posted a new podcast interview with me, recorded 1/4/06.
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You can find details and download the MP3 here.

Includes discussions of Thinking in Java 4e, Java and C#, programming issues and more.

This time he set the Skype recorder to "mono" so the results are better.


Robert Dzikowski

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Re: Audio Interview Posted: Jan 7, 2006 8:06 PM
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I always find your interviews and blogs very interesting, but you do them so rarely. Maybe you should start doing a podcast, if you don't have enough time for blogging ;)

Bruce Eckel

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Re: Audio Interview Posted: Jan 8, 2006 1:49 PM
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I agree, I enjoy doing these and it would be nice to do something more frequently. So far they've just been an experiement, but I've found that the conversation/interview process works pretty well. I guess I'll have to see what would happen if I just tried recording a spontaneous monologue (well, the sound quality would be better, for one thing...).

Bruce Eckel

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Re: Audio Interview Posted: Jan 8, 2006 1:52 PM
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And as far as blogging goes, there seem to be two kinds: ideas that come up in the course of things, which are more likely to be published quickly (but also have more of a shoot-from-the-hip quality to them) and "essays" which require more gestation and research. I actually have a bunch of partially-written essays that I hope to be able to finish on a more regular basis now that Thinking in Java 4e is heading to the printer.

mGoral

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Re: Audio Interview Posted: Jan 8, 2006 4:55 PM
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The best idea out of the eXtreme methodology is the live dialog of two adjoining minds to support the work.

Therefore I think the interview format with your "familiar swampy questioner" works well because your "live thinking" answering takes freedom (and time) to explore things while trying to become cohesive in the end.

It works quite well - I appreciate these audios.

Howard Lovatt

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Re: Audio Interview Posted: Jan 8, 2006 8:52 PM
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In your talk you mentioned that you thought Sun would not change the language much more but according to:

http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/05/17/HNdolphin_1.html

Sun are considering adding native XML syntax to Java. Which would be a significant change. I belive one of the proposed syntaxes is:
#book {
   #author { Bruce Eckel }
   #title { Thinking in Java }
   #edition { #[ n ] } // the notation #[ n ] means substitute the value in variable n
}

and that this would be like a string literal, but the compiler could check against the XML schema that it was correctly formed. The above example translates to the XML equivalent (substituting for n):

<book>
<author> Bruce Eckel </author>
<title> Thinking in Java </title>
<edition> 5 </edition>
</book>

A similar facility is in Scala, but the syntax is different.

Bruce Eckel

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Re: Audio Interview Posted: Jan 9, 2006 2:54 PM
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Yes, I was not so clear as I could have been about that, because I was thinking about the book. I should probably have said something like "not changed it so much that it would require a rewrite," because that's how I was thinking.

It's not surprising that they're considering adding some kind of XML support syntax, because that's what C# is doing (or has done, I haven't been paying attention). So I suppose we could say that Java may continue to add features to try to keep up with C#. Of course, this could mean that they might back off on the longstanding "operator overloading is bad" mantra (although I'll believe that when I see it), in which case I would have to rewrite the book.

Otherwise, I'm thinking that supplements might do the trick for future versions of Java.

I think I heard that C#3.0 is adding some kind of direct database support, so we might see that in Java as well. This would be interesting because it might slow the stampede to rails-like frameworks, but it might also impact EJB3 in a negative fashion -- if we're mostly doing databases, and it's easy to do in the language, we have less of a need for an external framework.

It will be interesting to see how it pans out.

Isaac Gouy

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Re: Audio Interview Posted: Jan 11, 2006 2:27 PM
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I think I heard that C#3.0 is adding some kind of direct database support

The LINQ Project
http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/future/linq/

A compiler preview is available for download, along with supporting material
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/7/0/4703eba2-78c4-4b09-8912-69f6c38d3a56/LINQ%20Preview.msi


And see the old 'Language Design' papers on Eric Meijer's homepage
http://research.microsoft.com/~emeijer/

Paul Reiners

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Re: Audio Interview Posted: Feb 6, 2006 1:45 PM
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The psychological syndrome you mentioned in the interview is called Asperger's Syndrome. Actually, it's a minor form of autism, not ADD.

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