As you might have noticed in my previous
I really wanted to get your opinion on
But aside from the usual curiosity I had a practical reason to
beg for it to be reflected in the comments section of my blog.
Because you see, the other part I had to do for
the Linux episode of the
resulted in the most bizarre and troubling
interaction I have ever had while working for Sun.
And that other part I am talking about is making of
As a producer of these demos I really wanted them to do
one thing -- transport every viewer into the office(s)
of the guys who actually wrote the software in question
(one way or the other). I wanted them to be as geeky and
as similar to the usual hallway conversations we all have as possible.
One thing I didn't want them to be was flashy and marketing
looking. I'm a developer myself and I consider it to be
a bait'n'switch when somebody is trying to feed me a marketing
presentation calling it a developer demo.
Two demos were produced under these assumptions
and they were shown to a bunch of colleagues of
ours. Both native and non-native English speakers.
The response we got was almost unanimous -- audio
might use some fixin' but otherwise they are nice.
The coast was clear and the demos were on their
way to http://developers.sun.com
when all of a
sudden we had a really strong pushback from
a new person responsible for ok'ing everything that
goes on our site. What that person demanded
was a total removal of \*both\* demos (which
wasn't half as bad as the actual reason given
to us). Now, don't get me wrong here I would
be the first one to agree that the technical
merits of these demos are probably not quite
at the level where I would feel comfortable
submitting them for an Oscan nomination. That
I was prepared to hear and discuss. But I was
completely unprepared for an actual reason
that was given to me: I was told that the
reason they wouldn't be published
is because having demos narrated by
non-native English speakers or even by
somebody who doesn't happen to be a professional
voice talent is below the quality bar that
is acceptable for a successful image of
Just like that
I tried to argue my case. First by trying to
convince my opponent that it is always better
to hear an unscripted developer chatting about
things which are near and dear to him than
to have a voice talent doing a lip syncing job.
I even referred to the governor of the state
of California elected to his position regardless
of the thickest middle-European accent since
Kissinger. All to no avail. I think somewhere
along the way it actually got personal (after
all when it comes to accents I'm as touchy
as the next [Slavic] guy)
At that point I stopped arguing and figured that as long
as one of the demos did survive and as long as
has a soft spot in his heart for http://blogs.sun.com
can safely use this place instead of the official
) to talk
to the sort of guys and gals I want to talk to -- you.
And so without further ado, here's a portion of the SDN portal
which you were not supposed to see. And as with my previous
plea I hope that you would find it possible to spend a couple
of minutes adding a comment or two on what you saw and heard.
I can not stress enough how important it is for me to
find out whether all of the allegations made against this
demo (and even the first one!) are true or false. And who's
the better force to set this record straight than you --
viewers and listeners we created this demo for. Just
keep in mind one thing -- I don't want to assert that quality
of the audio here is good enough for a broadcast
all I'm trying to say is that it is comprehensible.
Should we do better next time? Absolutely! Was
it necessary to remove this demo ? NO!
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See what kind of the IDE experience you should be preparing
yourself for once we made it available for early adopters
some time later this year. This demo was created by (in alphabetical
order): Andrew Krasny, Maria Tishkova, Anton Vysotsky and
Anton Youdkevitch. Editing and postproduction -- Roman Shaposhnik.
The team would like to
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for being a Patron Saint of http://blogs.sun.com.
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P.S. And especially if you happen to be a non-native English speaker
please let me know whether you had major difficulties understanding
the demo. One of the allegations against it was exactly that it would
be practically impossible for non-native speakers to understand it.
However, as a non-native speaker myself I find it particularly hard to