"Bistro" is my blog name.
Bistro is Russian for "fast" (most likely popularized when the Russian army made it into Paris after the Russian War of 1812
) and fits quite nicely with the blog state of mind. Bistro is also a synonym for Café which is the place to hang out in France and to have (very) informal talks. Again a good fit.
For those people who may wonder (maybe my US or British colleagues who I feel never use my lastname ;-), in English, my name should be spelled "Musin-Pushkin
", which is somewhat easer to pronounce. It's an old Russian name and my family emigrated to France during the 1917 revolution.
To give you a little background on who I am, here are a few things I do. I'm a "Java Web Services Architect" for Sun Microsystems France
and I'm based in Paris, France. Working with customers, I cover from Java software architecture topics to Sun Java-related software products. I've been dealing with Java since 1996 and some of my spare time is spent proof-reading or translating Java and XML books. Bloch's "Effective Java"
(or "Java Efficace"
) is probably the one I enjoyed the most. If you've read it, you know why.
I will be mainly blogging in English (not my native language so please be lenient) but also in French as I feel this is a great way to comment French content such as blogs and also local articles in which I'm quoted (given my little experience there, I wish I had this idea a while back...).
So welcome to my Bistro, mostly Java & Software comments brewed here!