My Own Bileblog ?

So I am at JavaOne, introducing HK2 and GlassFish V3 but today, I really ponder, should I create my own Bileblog ? It really started on JavaOne Day 0 when I went to the Groovy and Grails nfjs meeting.

It was ugly, bad demos looking to be revamped from demos I was doing with VB and the Java Plugin back in 98, panelists full of attitudes, the audience was actually rioting and challenging everything they were saying, but that did not seem to deter them much.

I was rolling on the floor laughing at the idiotic statements of Neal Ford, I sincerely hope that he was under the influence of some illegal substance (this was in san fran after all) because if he believes :
  • since all talented programmers (like him) do 100% unit tests, strong typing is just bureaucracy to satisfy the compiler. Oh right, let's replace the checks the compilers do for us with some good old tests we have to write manually, and anyway who ever do test 100% of their software, nasa maybe, boeing and airbus hopefully but nobody I know.

  • Nobody needs an IDE, they are just a nuisance created to make strongly typed language bearable, seems like these superstars of programming never needed any code refactoring of any sort. And they probably never worked with teams of more than 2 self proclaimed code artists.

And that was sad, because Guillaume Laforge is such a nice guy and Groovy could have a stronger position in the dynamic languages community with its natural integration with Java, its support for strongly type and untyped programming styles. So instead of reducing Groovy to just a pure untyped OO language, I think they should play the two faces of the coin, use types when you need them and keep the dynamic code for the integration, agile code that need many fast changes.

Anyhow, I will work soon to make Grails work in GlassFish V3, I am not as close minded as some folks I saw that evening.

But I really have high respect for Hani because it is not easy to do a good BileBlog, look at Cedric pathetic attempt to rant here, just plain sad, he really is smarter than that when you talk to him, he probably had to many vodkas the evening before writing his blog at the Sun party at the W. Doing a good Bileblog takes good knowledge of the technology and characters, and certainly no hangover...

Ok I have to confess that maybe I like Hani because he never biled me, I suppose I am too obscure to be his satire victim, but even if it happens, I think that just like a child I should take it as : negative attention is always better than no attention.

And no, I certainly don't consider Hani a paternal figure, good lord !
Comments:

Thanks for coming, and I just wanted to say that Neil's view doesn't reflect the view of Groovy community. We seriously acknowledge the need for IDE support and are working hard on Eclipse integration and closely with the IDE guys to improve that. As for the demos, yeh that was a tough one, I personally tried to do some WOW stuff. However, it was hard in the time we had. Earlier I did a half day Groovy/Grails talk and the audience was blown away. It was great to have the time to elaborate and do comprehensive demos. There is little you can do in 15 minutes :-( Anyway, hope to see you round the lists and so forth

Posted by Graeme Rocher on May 09, 2007 at 11:51 PM PDT #

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