Monday Aug 04, 2008

Chattin' with the Champions

Another great interview by Janice Heiss. Check out  "Teaching Mobile Computing to Generation C: A Conversation with Java Champion Qusay Mahmoud." In this article Qusay discusses ways to integrate mobile devices into computer science curriculum.

Be sure to check check check it out!


Tuesday Jul 22, 2008

Chattin' with Champions

There are some great interviews with Java Champions out right now. Here's a quick snapshot:
Java Performance Tuning: A Conversation With Java Champion Kirk Pepperdine

Java Champion and Java performance expert Kirk Pepperdine shares ways to identify and solve Java performance bottlenecks.

Enterprise Java Expert Adam Bien Makes Java EE Programming Easier
Janice J. Heiss interviews Java Champion Adam Bien, who discusses some
common fallacies about Java EE and takes the mystery out of distributed

Check 'em out today. And if you know of someone who you think should be a Java Champion, check out the Java Champions website and nominate them today.

:) Heidi

Monday Jul 07, 2008

Sprint's Instinct Java Developer Contest

So this is pretty cool. Sprint has just announced the Instinct Java Developer Contest, focusing on the new Samsung Instinct. The contest will be open to consumer and business applications optimized for the Instinct and has a $20K grand prize. More information in the coming days, including a webinar you can register for here.

Check it out. Create a cool app. Win the prize. Remember you heard it here. ;)


Friday Jun 13, 2008

Author Chat in Second Life with Cay Horstmann

We've got another hot author chat lined up later this month. Join us in Second Life as we talk to Cay Horstmann about his new SMI Press books: Core Java, Volume II -- Advanced Features and Core Java, Volume I, Fundamentals, Eighth Edition. Cay is a professor of computer science at San Jose State University and a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Come take a listen and then participate in  a Q and A session.

Date: June 25, 2008
Time: 9am PT/SL

Location: Sun Pavillion, Andromeda Theater

Hope to see y'all there!


Friday May 23, 2008

New Article on

Just got an email from my pal Jan Heiss over at This new article just hit the wire:
In "New gaming experiences with OpenGL ES
and the Mobile Sensor API,"
Erik Hellman, a

Java technology consultant in Sweden, uses a
game scenario to tout the winning qualities of

the Java ME platform's Mobile Sensor API.

Check it out! Have a great weekend y'all!!!

Wednesday Mar 12, 2008

SXSW: What We Learned from Billy Bob Thornton and Moby

Yesterday Jenn and I attended the SXSW Sessions: A Conversation with Billy Bob Thornton and A Conversation with Moby. We were interested in these sessions for obvious reasons (Oscar Winner! Grammy Nominee!) but also because we wanted to see what, if anything, they had to say about technology.

While Billy Bob did not specifically talk about technology, he did talk about innovation and the freedom to innovate. He spoke of Slingblade and how that was the last movie he made in which he had full control. That success doesn't equal freedom in the film industry. He talked about the community of consumers of film and media and how if we didn't crave the "crap" the media wouldn't produce it. That we should quit going to movies with the expectation of hating it...or critizing it....that we should be positive and we should be hopeful.

Moby talked briefly about his site and how his fans talk about everything from politics to abortion to (sometimes) his music. That the space is a place that conversation happens on all matters of life. And he also spoke of how he was perceived as being a militant in his earlier years and that now he wouldn't define himself that way because the world is a big place and militancy doesn't inspire change. When pressed by the interviewer Moby clarified that he thinks being militant equates with thinking you are 100% right, that militancy requires a certain level of narcissism, and that with age, you learn that solutions are messy and complicated and not perfect and that your narcissism should give way to more compassion and understanding of others.

So how do I tie this into the work of developers? The work of all of us at Sun? Throughout our time at SXSW Interactive, the theme of community has been paramount. Community drives defines success...lack of community can signal your demise. I think of all the open source communities developers participate in and how whether newbie or expert, everyone is encouraged and given the freedom to innovate. That the community, for the most part, is supportive and positive, and that we do expect the best to come out of those communities and we look to the results with hopeful anticipation of the Next Big Thing (tm) that will make our work, our play, our lives better.

Let's stay positive.


Thursday Feb 14, 2008

SDN Chat Transcript: Meet the Writers of

Hey Folks! We had a great turnout for our SDN Chat with the amazing
writers from We were lucky enough to have Ed Ort, Janice
Heiss, Dana Nourie, and Laureen Hudson in-world with us today.
Transcript is below.

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Tuesday Dec 18, 2007

SDN Chat Transcript: Web Development with the Java Platform

Hey all!

Below is the transcript from this mornings chat in Second Life with Dana Nourie. If you missed it, you have two options:

1. Join us tonight at 7pm PST in the SDN Developer Playground on Sun's main sim in Second Life for her second session.


2. Read the transcript below.

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Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

SDN Chat in Second Life

Kids, I'm up to my eyeballs this week, but I had to stop and let you know about this:

Java Technology Fundamentals is a great resource for learning the Java
platform, but it's
not the only great resource that Sun Microsystems
offers. Please join us in a chat that is
being held in the online world
of Second Life to learn about the many other resources we
have to offer
to help you learn and understand the many Java technologies, and the

Join Dana Nourie November 29 at 9-10 AM PDT in Second Life at the Sun Microsystems Developer Playground to chat about how you can learn the Java platform.

Please note that you need to have the Second Life software, which is
free, downloaded and
installed on your computer. You also need to log
in to Second Life for the
Sun Sun Microsystems Developer Playground
to work.

See you there!

Tuesday Nov 06, 2007

Tuesday Treat Day!

Hey Guys!

In honor of Tuesday... and the fact that I love my readers (especially since half of y'all are probably related to me...Hi Mom!) I'm doing a little giveaway from my personal stash of SDN goodies. All you need to do is post your favorite social media site in the comments. I'll randomly select two winners and announce them on Friday. Get commenting y'all!


Thursday Sep 20, 2007

Chat on JavaFX in Second Life

John Treacy, Director, JavaFX Tools, Sun Microsystems and Nandini 
Ramani, Chief of Staff, Software CTO Office, Sun Microsystems, will be
in world Thursday, September 27 from 9-10AM PST to discuss JavaFX and
its implications for developers. JavaFX Script is a highly productive
scripting language that enables content developers to create rich media
and content for deployment on Java environments. Interested? Join
us in Sun's Developer Playground to find out more.
Questions? Email

Thursday Aug 23, 2007

New Name

If you are a mover and shaker on wall street, or if you just have a handful of stocks, you'll want to know that Sun Microsystems is no longer trading as SUNW but as JAVA. Jonathan has a great blog post here that really does a deep dive into the "why" of this move.


Thursday Feb 15, 2007

Free is a Great Thing

Hello SDN Blog readers,

Hope you are having a good week. Free stuff is pretty cool especially if the things that are free are good quality and can help further your understanding of what interests you. SDN members get free access to some really awesome online classes in the Sun Learning Center. Since you are already members, all you need to do is go to here, log in,  and get them! Here's a list of some of the classes:

  • Introductoon to Developing Rich Client Applications
  • Overview of Java Application Security
  • Creating Web-Tier Applications Using Visual Development Environment
  • Overview of XML
  • Web Services Enabling Technologies
  • Solaris Developer Introduction to Sun Studio
  • Sun Java Identity Management Suite: Integrated Solutions

There are more classes available that I did not list here and they will continue to add more. The website is and the free classes are the top entry.

While you are on the offers page, check out the other discounts. If you think of any offers you'd like to see that are not there, please comment and let me know. Your feedback is always appreciated!

Until next time,

p.s. 4 Jellyfish are on their way to the guys who replied to my last post. There is still one jellyfish yo-yo waiting to go to a new home to the next person who comments on that entry. Hint hint!


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