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Agility seems to be the buzzword du jour. There are "agile enterprises," "agile manifestos," "agile programmers," and "agile architectures." Slap "agile" in front of just about anything and marketers believe it will sell better. Yet, one of the primary goals of using service-based architectures was to create "agile systems." This begs the question, was it just marketing or is there something to it? Let's cut to the chase. If you are responsible for a system and a user requests a change to that system, how long will it take to make the change and move the revised system back into production? If it takes a long time, then your system probably isn't agile. If you can do it in a matter of days - well then you have agility! Marketing bologna aside, agility is directly related to the time and effort required to create new functions or to modify existing functions - and t... (more)

JDJ Interview: Arthur Van Hoff

The Java Developer's Journal recently had the opportunity to interview Arthur van Hoff, formerly with the Java development team at Sun, to find out what he thinks about Java security, Java business opportunities, and the role of Java in the industry. Jeff Schneider conducted the interview for JDJ and here is his report. JDJ: Are you surprised by the huge initial success that Java has had? AVH: Not really. It is great technology, and it comes at a great time. The success is definitely fueled by two factors. The first is the rise of the Internet, the second factor is the fact that C... (more)

JDJ Interview: Jack Hidary

JDJ: What is the vision behind Gamelan? JH: In looking not only at a new language (Java), but a new paradigm for computing, we felt that a place was needed that people could use to share code, share ideas, share information; basically a place people could come to help each other advance this new paradigm. JDJ: Why is EarthWeb building the site and not Sun? JH: EarthWeb has a very strong experience base in developing on-line services. What we have done is apply that experience to this particular application. When we approached Sun about this idea, they were very excited about it; t... (more)