samedi mai 07, 2011

Welcome to the new Bistro!

After almost 7 years and almost 1000 entries, this blog was moved to the new blogs.oracle.com infrastructure (based on the very fine Apache Roller). Whether you're reading this in a feed aggregator or on the webpage, redirects should make everything transparent for you.

Clearly with the rise of twitter and the time spent on TheAquarium I have little time left for this blog, but do expect some activity on a weekly (or so) basis.

I resisted doing so for all those years, but with the move to pre-defined templates I felt it was time to put a photo up on the blog to differentiate the page a bit.

dimanche juil. 15, 2007

SDPY - Bistro turns 3

My blog, Bistro, turns three today. Looking back at the 552 entries and the 700 comments, I have no reason to regret the time spent writing this although I would have done a few things differently. Blogging is an ongoing learning experience. I used the translate/proof-read books to keep up with the technology, now I blog. Having a blog forces you to learn more and more all the time (a missing bullet point from Tim Bray's excellent "It's not dangerous" entry IMO).

jeudi juil. 15, 2004

What's in a name



"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!
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