A couple of days ago we had a long review session for potential JavaOne demos. It's really hard because they're (almost) all pretty cool, but there's only so much time to show them. The thing that struck me about the process was that there was very little "enterprise software" in the mix: it was there, but in the background. It's become like Oxygen in the air we breath: People depend on it, and it's everywhere, but it's not what they think about all day. The stuff that folks were getting excited about was pretty much all gizmos. From cell phone stuff to factory automation. All networked and connected to the back end.
It's been fabulous to watch the cell phone wave build and sweep the world. It started in Japan and it's finally reaching the US. And it isn't all games.
(Tue May 13 16:22:15 PDT 2003)