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To paraphrase, "I come not to praise the Browser, but to bury it." Because the cold hard fact of application development is that the browser needs to die. Immediately. It's already caused more than enough damage. This may seem to be a harsh statement. After all, the browser was responsible for the explosion of the Internet. It serves many useful purposes and people do billions of dollars worth of business through it every year. Seemingly, I should be praising the browser, not calling for its execution. Nevertheless, the browser needs to go, and we all know it. It's the dirty secret of the IT world, one we never like to talk about - as a mechanism for delivering a GUI, the browser stinks. Stinks isn't even a strong enough word. The browser was intended to deliver text across the Internet, and it's good at that. So good that people began to piggyback other things onto... (more)

SOA Editorial — The Rise of the Machine

Many recent science fiction novels deal with the concept of nanites - tiny bits of computers than can aggregate themselves to form new larger composites to assist their host. These concepts typically relate to making human cells self-healing, but they also have their sinister aspects, like the terminator, made out of liquid living metal in the last movie, who could reconfigure himself at will into any shape, and recover from any injury. While this may seem like fantasy at the moment, there's a quiet revolution going on in the computing industry that makes this dream (or nightmare)... (more)

Sudden Impact

Every now and then I like to step back from the trenches and try to think like a CIO. I was a CIO at one time, so I can actually do such a thing. And lately, when I think my CIO thoughts, I've been thinking about the impact that Java has made on the Enterprise. That impact tends to be a great deal different than it would be to a programmer. To a programmer, the game is about having a language that makes it easy - and fun - to do the task at hand. You don't see hordes of programmers moving to COBOL to write Internet programs - it's not the right tool. It's not fun in COBOL. You pi... (more)

Sunset On The Evil Empire

Maybe I don't understand marketing concepts. It seems to me that advertising one of your products as 13 times more reliable than another of your products is not the optimal approach. In my mind, you'd want to emphasize its reliability compared to your competitors' products. But hey, nobody hired me to do marketing for Microsoft, so what do I know? It's just that I have to laugh every time I see their two-page spread in a magazine, advertising how Windows 2000 Server is that much more reliable than Windows 98. That's not progress - my toaster is more reliable than Windows 98. If ... (more)

Holy Wars

When I was a teenager, my parents taught me never to argue about sex, politics and religion. Later on I also learned that it's never a good idea to argue with drunks. Now I find myself in the unenviable position of having to step into the middle of a "religious" debate. In the July issue of JDJ (Vol. 4, issue 7) we ran a feature story regarding the use of Java with DCOM. It touched off a great deal of debate, both pro and con, concerning the suitability of publishing this article in a magazine like Java Developer's Journal. Arguments against had a couple of themes. One main theme ... (more)