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On a New Road

Escaped from RealityMonday June 21, 2010
Despite being "blissfully unemployed", I've been remarkably busy. Some of my time has been taken up by job hunting, some by a fun geek project (more on that in a later post), but an awful lot has been taken up talking to people about life at Oracle. They need a place to vent, and I try to be a good listener. The exodus has been a thundering stampede. Pretty soon, all Larry will have left is an IP portfolio. Perhaps that's all he wanted: there's precious little evidence that he was interested in any of the people. Early on after quitting, I kept waking up in the middle of the night having nightmares about composing screeching blog entries. They would have been fun, but pointless. I decided that it was finally time to do some real relaxing and spend some quality time with a beach and an ocean - I figured I needed to do it before the poison that BP's been dumping kills much more. I had a great time. Got back last night. Feeling hugely better.

That seems fun! I would bet after your quality time with the ocean, you felt so relaxed. I need that mode right now, not many places you can do that in Ottawa, Canada. I wonder what your Geek Post will be :) Great things happen when peeps start getting geeky!

Posted by Mohamed Mansour on June 21, 2010 at 09:03 PM PDT #

I love writing java code and my favorite is writing desktop gui apps (running on windows or mac). Though they never look as good as apps written natively. It just isn't there. I know swingx has made some progress but it is no where close. Stuff like core animation is awesome. Do you think gui in java will get to a point where the full power of the native platform can be used in swing.

Posted by hasan adil on June 21, 2010 at 09:12 PM PDT #

Have fun James while you still have the chance! It is this limbo period between jobs that people can take a break from it all. I can only hope that you and others like you can prepare a solid and opensource road map for java. After all my career depends on it lol :)

Posted by George Haddad on June 21, 2010 at 10:28 PM PDT #

"Open source road map for java" like it :)

Posted by jar on June 21, 2010 at 11:33 PM PDT #

Oracle couldn't both want to keep the people and not keep you, so I think it's fair to assume they just wanted the IP. OR, they just wanted the hardware. OR, they want the best hardware (Sun's) and all the software (Oracle, mysql) and they will just go to town on the rest of us moving forward. I am glad you're not part of that organization. I have never, ever, not even once, heard anything nice about working at or with Oracle, and I have never had a personal experience with them that didn't also suck.

Posted by JP on June 22, 2010 at 01:23 AM PDT #

I'm very glad to hear that you feel better but I'm really sad to read this: "all Larry will have left is an IP portfolio. Perhaps that's all he wanted: there's precious little evidence that he was interested in any of the people". Obviously we trust you and this is a really bad news. In this case I can't understand why Larry bought Sun and how Sun accepted this.

Posted by Davide on June 22, 2010 at 06:02 AM PDT #

Good to see that you can take some time to relax. Know anything about Java Store, is it dead already ?

Posted by Jay on June 22, 2010 at 07:02 AM PDT #

James, Bully for you, but I must confess that your term of art 'job hunting' is akin to Lebron James saying that he hopes to find a team interested in signing him. Drop me a note if building a product from scratch for the Smart Grid space would have allure.

Posted by Mark Knowlton on June 22, 2010 at 02:32 PM PDT #

Part of me thinks it would be just desserts for Oracle if a lot of Sun engineers headed over to IBM after their non-competes are up.

Posted by rdean on June 22, 2010 at 03:45 PM PDT #

Larry had a little lamb, ee-ah, ee-ah, ohhhh. Then Larry sliced it and cooked it and ate it for fun. ee-ah, ee-ah, ohhhh. eeeee-ah. oh?

Posted by indoruff on June 23, 2010 at 12:04 AM PDT #

Ok, How will the future be? Google "Java" or maybe Scala?

Posted by Fred on June 23, 2010 at 08:37 AM PDT #


Posted by Selim on June 23, 2010 at 09:19 AM PDT #

That is what u should do now. As soon as u start a new job u wont get any time for yourself, so be wise and sped ur time wisely!!!

Posted by Radin on June 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM PDT #

enjoy while you can, but James Java needs You, we all need you. Whenever i am writing some code in another language other than java while thinking about Sun Microsystems , solaris or java i find myself writing java syntax in the middle of the code. hehe truly James you made java an art of all programming languages ( a master piece called java ) . why wont you start an innovative framework project in java but still JCP needs you!! you are the father !!

Posted by Mar on June 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM PDT #

Hi James Coolboy here, ex-Sun Java Architect, Sun Microsystems Malaysia, just like to say thanks for all your works, and yes, Sun Microsystems is so far the best Company I ever work with.. I am currently working on a patent pending idea on improving individual safety. FTY, Each year in Malaysia, there are number of women, ladies and Children being forced to unwanted situation, such as being kidnap, raped, and worse murdered, I hope my service will help to reduce this things happen. If you free, I would love to describe my idea in detail to you, and seek your opinion wants your opinions how I could further improve it.. Do let me know... Thanks James KHoo Thanks!

Posted by CoolboyKL on June 24, 2010 at 08:19 PM PDT #

Hi James, I wish you all the best for this new beginning. Fortunately they is still a lot of fun and exciting stuff going on around Java. I would love to hear your expert feedback on our innovative approach to java multicore programming. See Thanks, Patrick.

Posted by Patrick Viry on June 25, 2010 at 04:18 AM PDT #

Nothing relaxes me more than being under water and repeating now and then to myself 'go with the flow'.

Posted by John Bokma on June 25, 2010 at 07:23 PM PDT #

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