The world kept turning, of course, as I was on the road for the last
couple of weeks.
vacation, part work: meeting up with our Java SE teams from Grenoble
and Dublin, and dropping in to the NetBeans team in Prague.
The Java SE 6 platform
and its component JSRs entered the JCP Final Approval
. So Java SE 6
is in the home straight now as the ballot ending is the go ahead for us
to be able to release it. I hope all your fingers and toes are crossed.
JSR 277 produced an
, and has been stirring up some controversy
to keep us from getting boring. The only thing worse than being talked
about is not being talked about.
and my new
inception ballot, which aims to extend the annotation mechanism first
introduced in JSR 175
by allowing annotations to be slipped into various hitherto
forbidden places. The expert group is open, so go nominate yourself
have some spare time to devote to helping out.
While in Prague, a highlight was to meet the NetBeans
. Such a high energy bunch. Its like a Marketing bird
mated with the Engineering bird, and out of the eggs hatched this
Does it surprise you to know that Roman
on his blog ?
I also gave a talk
to the Czech Java Users
. Since you and I have no secrets, here
are the slides
. Someone had a video camera there, so I believe I
should be able to point you to recording in the next week or so. Should you want to see the
[I haven't seen it yet, but if I look flustered, its because I, in a
moment of gallantry, allowed an elderly lady to go ahead of me on the
Prague Metro. You know, snowy haired, kindly looking, harried, grateful. But once
I had calibrated her glacial walking pace from behind, I had lost sight
of the rest of the NetBeans gang, any rational connection with
knowledge of the venue I was due to speak at in 10 minutes, and most of
my sanity. Thanks to Tim
Speaking of cameras, I also developed a new YouTube crush. Gary Brolsma
over, over and over. CBS may have Katie Couric, but we have our own MaryMaryQuiteContrary
, who has
unleashed her sparkling
into visual form.
Since I know you are better read that I am, I'll tell you that my trip
acquired an spooky literary dimension. Hardly a week after my
Le Rouge et le Noir
(I'm catching up on my European classics), was
I eating at a restaurant in Grenoble feet from where its hero awaits his
execution in prision
. And having recently read Milan
Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being
, a few days later I was
dining on Petrin Hill
overlooking Prague, scene of a pivotal moment for the 'heavy' Tereza.
I'm glad to be home !