Re: Working Within the System

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 22:53:43 MDT

Billy Brown wrote:
> Heh. Well, I know people who are learning Java, people who are teaching
> Java, and people who are talking about Java. I've yet to find anyone who has
> actually built anything with Java, aside from the personal toy-project stuff
> we all do to evaluate new technology.

Through this list, you know one ex-lead engineer on a database search
engine and visualization tool for annotations of genetic data, written
entirely in Java (save for the database itself), that was going to be a
company's leading product. (Until said company's sales department
caused its engineers to bail en masse. I won't name names.)

I'm also working on a Zelda-style RPG, though it's not going to be done
any time soon. Although it is only a game, it's significantly beyond
just evaluating the technology. (It is, however, a good excuse to learn
how to create music and sprites.)

> But it would be nice to be able to tell clients "yes, we can communicate
> with Java if you ever decide to use it for something". Its too bad Sun is so
> intent on maintaining a closed system.

Better to ask: "What are you using Java for?" If, for instance, they've
implemented a Web server using Java, anything that can speak HTTP can
speak with that server, regardless of whether that other thing's creator
knows anything about Java.

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