Wednesday, April 30, 2008

GWT 1.5 Milestone 2 Available


It seems that milestone 2 of GWT 1.5 is now available. Not huge news, but something worth nothing. See the google groups link for more information.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Should we post our own articles on DZone

Should we post our own articles on DZone? Is this frowned upon? If we have written an interesting article that we would like to share with the community, should we post it ourselves or wait for someone else to?

Please don't comment here, let's have this discussion on DZone (here). Vote the article up, not so people come to my blog (I really couldn't care less about that) but rather so people see the question, and post a comment.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

10 Ways to get an Article on DZone

I like DZone. I have been reading stories posted there for a least a year now. It is a great place to go if you want to stay on top of new technologies. However, over the past year I have noticed similarities among many of the articles that find there way to DZone. Here are the top 10 things you can do to get your article on DZone.

10. Write about CSS rounded corners: Especially if you can do them entirely in CSS or HTML or DHTML or XHTML. There is a real shortage of articles on this.

9. Explain why something is dead or dying: Pick something you don't like, you don't want to learn or you feel is a threat and explain why it is dead or dying. Great choices include .NET, Java or Agile methods.

8. Agree with Google: Find something Google did or someone at Google said, and agree with it. It's even better if you mention that you thought of it 5 years go.

7. Disagree with Microsoft: There seems to be a hot trend of people disagreeing with M$ solutions, technology, whatever. Find something Microsoft did and explain why you would not have done it that way. (Note: It is important you get these in the right order.... Don't agree with Microsoft or disagree with Google. You are likely to start a comment flame war if you do.)

6. Link to something Linus said: Find something Linus said on a newsgroup or mailing list and link to it. Make sure you take it out of context too. This will improve your article.

6. Write about Scala: I'm really sorry to all you Ruby developers. If I wrote this a year ago you would have been mentioned, but today's language of choice seems to be Scala.

5. Talk about hiring programmers: This is especially important if you have never actually hired a programmer, because I love the opinions of bloggers who don't know what they are talking about. Another great idea (especially if you are a pointy hair boss) is to talk about being hired as a programmer. As a non-technical type you know exactly what to expect -- You, Mr. Non-Technical, I Wish I My Subordinates Respected Me, Guy.

4. Summarize or point to an old article: Find an old article. Not a week or a month old, but maybe something Joel on Software wrote in 2001. Point to this, it is sure to get votes.

3. Talk about your love / hate of closures: Nuff said.

2. Boldly state that dynamic languages are better than static languages: There is no if-ands-or-buts here. They are better, for everything you (and I) will ever do, end of story. Say so, you have the right!

1. Formulate your post as a top 10 List: It doesn't even matter if you actually have 10 items or not! People love to read top 10 lists.

Revoke Ed and Chris's Commit Rights! NOW!

I would like to request that the commit right's of Ed Merks and Chris Aniszczyk be revoked immediately. At the past two EclipseCon's these two managed to each win both the Top Ambassador and Top Committer awards, two of the three voted on Eclipse individual awards.

If either of them hopes to win all three awards, the Triple Crown of Eclipse Awards so-to-speak, or the Eclipse Awards Grand Slam if you prefer, one of them will have to win Top Contributor next year! This will be tough as both of them are such avid committers. It may be easier for them to battle for this final award if they both have to submit patches for each change they wish to make.

Of course, if we strip of them of their commit rights the evolution of PDE and EMF may slow, but really, who uses these technologies anyways? :-)

In all seriousness, congratulations Ed and Chris, and to Remy Suen (Winner of this years top contributor awards) and Eric Rizzo (Winner of top Newcomer Evangelist).