November 24, 2002

Time for a job.

I just added my résumé to the publicly available section of the website. You can see a handy little link to it in the left hand column. I'm hoping that some random visitor who desperately needs a software engineer will just stumble across my website, check out my resume, and hire me. What do you think the odds are?

As for the Employed Eli Pool, I think it is safe to say that no one has won yet -- I only have a part time contract job now. But I must say that it looks like Lenise is going to be the closest with her guess.

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Adding TrackBack.

I just finished adding TrackBack to this website. It's a new feature in MovableType, my weblogging software, for peer-to-peer notification between websites. Essentially, it allows visitors to see discussion on other websites about the topic being discussed. If someone has trackbacked to my website, you'll see "TrackBack(1)" on the bottom of the entry. If you want to see what they said, click on that link. We'll see how it works.

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November 13, 2002

J2EE vs. .NET Benchmark War

It is probably a waste of time, but I've been distantly following the great Pet Store War of 2002. First, The Middleware Company comes out with a report claiming how much faster the Pet Store application is on .NET than on the J2EE platform. Then the Java backlash started. It's not optimized, their wasn't full disclosure, perhaps Microsoft paid The Middleware Company to do the benchmark. There are plunty of opinions around the web on this issue, but I think Ted Neward's is right on the money: Both .NET and J2EE are going to be around for a while -- this benchmark doesn't change that. Nor does it change how desicisions on which platform to use are going to be made. "... The choice of which technology to use is usually made on a golf course or over a fancy dinner, not in a benchmarking lab."

They say any publicity is good publicity, but I think The Middleware Company lost a lot of respect from developers that look to them for guidance. And they know it. They have since stated "definitive conclusions about how J2EE verses .NET compares cannot be drawn unless a 2nd test is conducted" that addresses some of the criticisms of the community. I'm especially interested in seeing tests done using non-EJB technologies.

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November 07, 2002

Yahoo uses PHP.

I'm always interested in the technologies that the big boys use, and why they use them. Michael Radwin tells why his company, Yahoo, decided to switch from proprietary technology to PHP, and why they chose PHP over other technologies.

Being the Java guy that I am, it's interesting to note that the only reason he states for not using Java is that you can't really use Java effectively without threads, and thread support on FreeBSD is not great.

Posted by Eli at 12:54 PM

November 04, 2002

If you're a serial killer, drink here.

What do Ted Bundy, at least two other convicted murderers, and John Muhammad of sniper fame have in common? Sure, they may all be murderers. But what's more astonishing is that they were all regulars at a local bar in Bellingham, Washington. NYTimes: $2 Bud, and a Bundy for Every Bar Stool.

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