Joel Spolsky doesn't need my help in defending himself. But since he's my
favorite blogger and a person I highly respect, I feel obligated to speak up.
Mr. Curt Monash has written an article implying that Joel overestimates his
importance while not achieving that much since he was able to grow his
company to "only" 25 people.
Mr Monash wrote this article based on the wrong assumption that the number of
employees is an indicator of the success of the founders of the company.
Joel's company has about 25 employees, which is the border number when the
company remains agile, manageable and doesn't require an overhead in the form
of mid-tier management.
Besides, every founder of a company has his/her goals and priorities that may
include (surprise, surprise!) having some spare time for a personal life too.
I have no doubt that if Joel ever decided to open a consulting arm a... (more)
JDJ's Enterprise Editor, Yakov Fain (pictured) writes: If you are planning to
hit the job market, you may need to refresh some of the Java basic terms
and techniques to prepare yourself for a technical interview. Let me offer
you some of the core Java questions that you might expect during the
For most questions I’ve provided only short answers to encourage
further research. I have included only questions for mid (*) and senior
level (**) Java developers. These sample questions could also become handy
for people who need to interview Java developers (see also ... (more)
From Farata Systems Blog
I had a dream. I had a dream that Adobe’s CTO gave me a call saying,
“Yakov, can you help us with writing a roadmap for LiveCycle Data Services
I said, “Piece of cake, Kevin. Just give me a half an hour”. This is what
I came out with.
1. Give a serious bonus to software engineers who created Fiber, a set of
goodies behind model-driven development. Way to go!
2. Fire that guy who already reached his level of incompetency and said,
“If one salesman can sell LCDS licenses for $20K a CPU, everyone can do
it”. This guy is simply killing the pro... (more)
During the last several years Oracle was working on their cloud solution, and
libraries used internally, and they also developed a set of reusable Web UI
components both simple (e.g., buttons and forms) as well as complex (data
grids, charts, accordion, and fancy gauges). All these components are based
on jQuery UI and are responsive, so they can be used on mobile devices.
Having a nice set of UI components is great, but is not en... (more)
These days everyone is talking about AJAX. It’s supposed to be a cool way
of creating Web applications.
The idea is noble: instead of rendering an entire HTML page on each little
change on the page, it’s much better to send an asynchronous request that
will get the data for you and refresh only the relevant portion of the
screen. Every author writing on AJAX is giving the same (the only? ) example
where this technology is being used: Google maps and email. (BTW, I’m a
little sick of these examples). Since I’m not going to be helping Google in
improving their maps, I’d like to se... (more)