Date / Time API - JSR-310 - JODA
Stephen Colbourne and Michael Nascimento Santos’ Date Time API BOF was interesting for a few reasons. The number of people attending was impressive given the late 9:30 PM start… even more surprising was the intense discussion and level of interest. Stephen had to stay 45 minutes past the 10:45 PM session close to answer questions and listen to feedback about JODA - he showed some proposed Date Time APIs.
I hope JSR-310 is heavily influenced by JODA. JODA has a richer set of Date/Time concepts which are noticeably absent from the core Java platform. (Translation: I hope that JODA emerges from the JCP process relatively unmolested by the expert group.)
Ran into a number of people yesterday, Don Brown recently moved to Australia to work for Atlassian, and Ian Roughley. Discussed the Struts 2 / WebWork merger. (Just in case you missed it, Don wrote a History of Struts 2 last October.) Was checking out the Struts 2 site this morning, noticed the Plugin Registry.
Let’s hope the plugin registry takes off and is managed well….to me, the big draw of Ruby on Rails is the fact that I can talk to Michael Kovacs one day, learn about his sortable table plugin, and then rip it into my Rails application in two minutes. I don’t see any Java framework out there that leverages decentralized innovation in the way Rails has. (Did I really just type the word “leverage”? Did I just string together the words “leverages decentralized innovation”? I’m terribly sorry.)
I was able to meet a sizable portion of my RSS feeds at the ThirstyBear. Spoke to Geert Bevin about RIFE. Feels like everybody I speak to is interested in RIFE, but they’ve never taken the time to learn it. I feel like RIFE has been on my list for about two years, time to bump it up to the top of my queue and actually use it.