Monthly Archives: June 2004

ObJectRelationalBridge – OJB 1.0 is released

Well I said it was coming in 42: ObJectRelationalBridge – OJB: preparation for version 1 And now it is here, in the announcement Thomas Mahler said

Dear all,

I’m very happy to announce the final 1.0 release of OJB. After a long series of release candidates we finally got enough confidence in our software to call it “ready for prime time”.

As you can see by our ever growing list of junit tests we pay attention to quality assurance. So the long delay of the 1.0 version was not caused by “laziness” but rather by our intention to deliver a piece of top quality software.

I want to say thanks to all committers and contributors:

You all helped to get OJB production ready!

I also want to thank all users for their patience and I hope you all will be pleased by this 1.0 release!

You can download or read the release notes

[Update] That was a pretty daft last paragraph wasn’t it. Of course you are not limited to those actions. You can also download the source code, access the source code with cvs, read the documentation, join the mailing lists etc etc etc.

Jollyblogger: Revolution vs. Reformation

I love this article Jollyblogger: Revolution vs. Reformation I would definately place myself in the radical reforming tradition. Maybe some would call me a revolutionary reformer cos I see a lot of reforming being needed ;-)

Truth is that I am passionate about life, change in the Church, but for me that has always been in and through the Church (in my case the Methodist Church) not by creating alternatives. In any case there is so much that God is doing in and outside his Church that I find myself fully occupied trying to keep up with him ;-)

Mind you I am intrigued by the JollyBloggers belief that that it is the post-modernists who are the revolutionaries. Over the history of the Church both modernism and post-modernism are recent blips on the timeline. I find it interesting when I notice ways in which post-modernism echoes elements of much earlier Church history ie pre-modernism. Some examples of where I personally see this in the rise of Ignation Spirituality and in the use of Iona & Taize worship in a variety of contexts.

Feet up! : dev/python/WikiLite.html

Now this: Feet up! : dev/python/WikiLite.html is cool. A wiki in 25 lines of python code ;-)

This might even get me around to installing a wiki at home, I have often wondered if it might work as a family co-ordination tool. But for another day when life is quiet.

That reminds me of a something that we used to joke about when I was working for the United Bible Societies. When anyone was starting we used to say “we are really busy at the moment, but every so often there will be a quiet time when you can catch up with things”. Then we would wait and see how long it would be before they would ask about when the next quiet time was likely to come. Truth was that in over 9 years I never saw one ;-)

What goes on my blogroll?

In John Clingan’s Weblog: The Politics of Blogging John asks the question:

But I do have to ask the question since I am a relatively new blogger – is there a line that tends to be drawn in these situations? Do you know of cases where disagreements in views outweigh the value of linking to a blog?

In my case I am lazy so my blogroll is automatically generated by bloglines, so it is a reflection of what I read. My choice of blogs to read is not limited to authors I agree with or support as I want to make sure I get challenged.

OK maybe this simplistic approach is going too far for many and is quite different to a carefully thought out and very limited list of people I agree with. On the other hand given that you have Tim Bray in your blogroll maybe I will now be concerned that you support emacs as well – oh no I will have to stop reading you both because I decided life was too short to learn emacs ;=)

By the way John your blogroll is displayed twice on the right at the moment.

BBC affirms Creative Archive in Charter Renewal plans

From Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things BBC affirms Creative Archive in Charter Renewal plans is absolutely great news.

Check out this quote from new BBC Director General Mark Thompson, from today’s press conference: “We want to builld a digital world based on universal access, open standards and unencryption [sic?]. Encryption, subscription and other forms of digital exclusion lead to widespread welfare losses. They may have a role within the total broadcasting ecology, but the idea that they can successfully replace free-to-air public service broadcasting flies in the face both of economic theory and real-world experience.”

A good day

Well I thought I would just celebrate a good day with a post ;-)

Good progress on a large Java project for a client, will involve using a bit of python as well.

Good meeting about progress on iDocSys.

I got my copy of the annual report by Seite on my theological studies and it was very positive – in fact I had to check it was my name on the top ;-)

Got my assignments for the year posted off for moderation so that is out of the way.

Watched a new series “The Lyon’s Den” on channel 5 with Rob Lowe and really enjoyed it


DivaBlog: More on Conversation

Well how about that, a direct reply from Danese in “DivaBlog: More on Conversation” to my post “42: DivaBlog: is Executive Blogging enough?”

Danese asks:

Glad its making you happy, David, (and that our comments are giving you tips, etc.). Now, how can we make sure that others find that tip now that its surfaced?

I have 2 quick answers:

Technically: Google
Socially: Commitment

Basically people will find what they need through a whole range of techniques in the short term (RSS feeds, blog rolls – the whole blogsphere). In the long term the more answers that are put out into more places the greater the chance of someone finding what they want through a search engine. Once they get to John’s comment through a search engine (whether it be blog specific or not) then they have the links right there all the way to the SunRay page. Now that just would not have happened without blogs. In the old days the only links to SunRays would be Suns own pages, press releases and “magazine” articles. Now by being “out there” suddenly a whole lot of new people are going to find out about Sun and the cool stuff it does. On a weblog like mine that will include a wide variety of cyclists, python enthusiasts and others. It means that tips about SunRays are going to appear in whole new search contexts that means they will be found by different people and in different ways. Mainly though it is more likely to be found by people who were not expecting to find it and by those who were very specifically looking for a very tight match to their need.

Then on the less technical side what will it take. Well this will require continued commitment in all kinds of ways from lots of levels within Sun. That will be priorities in time, money and opportunity costs and all for the long term. It will mean continued commitment even when some bad stuff gets out, when people make mistakes, when people attack you or whatever. It means already busy people opening up, standing above the parapit and that is not always easy. It means an investment in taking time to respond and be polite.

But basically I would not worry about people finding out. I guess the problems are more going to feel like being out of control of a rollercoaster. — Various Things I’ve Written: Tim’s Archive

I have been wondering what to write about this: — Various Things I’ve Written: Tim’s Archive. It is an interesting view of where the world of software and related services is going.

I certainly don’t agree with everything, but certainly interesting beyond the promotion of his own books. In particular I think it does not address a number of issues relating to services that get bound together in a flexible way. One of the key problems with this is you risk building a large package on services you have no control over, no agreement with and no access to the basis on which they are built. So while I agree with much of what Tim says I think that the Internet Operating syustem he talks about is going to look more like what Sean McGrath is doing with Reach in Ireland than what Amazon are doing.