Interviews from JavaOne 2006: Day 1

Perspectives from the Pavilion

by Frank Sommers and Bill Venners
May 17, 2006

This article contains a collection of short, punchy audio recordings made at JavaOne on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Each recording captures one person's notion of an idea that is important for developers to think about.

Today, Frank Sommers and I roamed the JavaOne Pavilion with a microphone. We spoke with several people about the important ideas behind their products, and we plan to continue the effort tomorrow and Thursday. Our goal is to give you a feel for the latest developments in the commercial Java space and to gather new and interesting ideas about development for you to ponder.

In this first installment, we've collected several short audio clips, each five minutes or less, for you to listen to. If something strikes a chord with you, whether harmonic or dissonant, we encourage you to post in the discussion forum.

Click to download audio Tim Boudreau, NetBeans Evangelist at Sun Microsystem, suggests that AJAX is reinventing the desktop application with the sole addition of a back button. (3:08)
Click to download audio Brendan Humphreys, from Cenqua, discusses the importance of code reviews. (1:45)
Click to download audio Kenji Hiranabe, CEO of Change Vision, Inc., discusses the advantages of having developers push status to managers, rather than having managers pull status from developers. (3:11)
Click to download audio Joe McGlynn, Product Manager of the Borland Developer Tools Division, discusses challenges facing developers, including working with different frameworks in the same application. (2:53)
Click to download audio Jags Ramnarayan, Chief Architect at GemStone Systems, Inc., discusses scalability limitations of using relational databases to help manage session state. (2:59)
Click to download audio Mark Johnson, VP of Marketing at Parasoft Corporation, discuss the importance of finding the source of bugs, and applying a testing process to prevent that class of bug, rather than just fixing the bug. (4:03)
Click to download audio Steve Maryka, CTO of ICEsoft Technologies, Inc., explains why Java developers should be afraid of JavaScript. (2:49)
Click to download audio Loren Corbridge, Senior Product Manager at Sybase, discusses the usefulness of Eclipse's plug-in architecture and how to add commercial value on top of open source software. (3:16)

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About the authors

Frank Sommers is an Artima Developer Senior Editor. He is also founder and president of Autospaces

Bill Venners is president of Artima Software, Inc. and editor-in-chief of Artima Developer. He is author of the book, Inside the Java Virtual Machine, a programmer-oriented survey of the Java platform's architecture and internals. His popular columns in JavaWorld magazine covered Java internals, object-oriented design, and Jini. Bill has been active in the Jini Community since its inception. He led the Jini Community's ServiceUI project, whose ServiceUI API became the de facto standard way to associate user interfaces to Jini services. Bill also serves as an elected member of the Jini Community's initial Technical Oversight Committee (TOC), and in this role helped to define the governance process for the community.