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First, there was no GMail.  There were Yahoo!, hotmail, aol, and other OK email services.  At work, we were forced to use Microsoft Outlook. I happened to select Yahoo!. It had simple to use interface and it worked. Then Google created an exemplary GMail single-page Web client plus smart spam filtering on the server. I opened an email account yakovfain@gmail.com. I’m not afraid of spam otherwise I would have written a naive yakovfain at gmail dot com. Yeah, right!  Now I got two email accounts. Yahoo! looked at GMail, and decided: “Me too”.  But it’s easily said than done. It looks like their engineering team that works on Yahoo! email client had no budget to hire people with the right skills, and over the last several years their Web interface was steadily changing from bad to worst. If there was a world competition for the Worst Rich Internet Application, Yahoo! ... (more)

Using URL Shorteners in Technical Documents

I spend a large portion of my time preparing courseware materials, writing books and technical documentation. These documents include hyperlinks, and some of them can be a 100+ character long. Do you include the long URLs in your docs? The immediate answer is to use one of the services like bit.ly, tinyurl.com, is.gd and the like.Beside shortening URLs the may offer other services like click-stats or real-time analytic data. But all of these services are backed by rather small companies. What if your preferred URL shortener is out of business, but thousands of your books are bei... (more)

Software Development Today and 20 Years Ago

I enjoy the process of developing software, which includes many various activities. But learning and teaching new software are the two activities I enjoy the most. During my 30-year career I’ve been working as an independent contractor, taught countless training classes, prepared and read hundred of resumes, co-founded a couple of startups. You might be thinking that now a grouchy old programmer will start complaining that young software developers don’t know how to program? Don’t be. It’s all the way around. The skills required today for getting a Software Developer job are dif... (more)

Submitted a proposal to IoT track at Cloud Expo New York

In June a large expo and a conference Cloud Computing comes back Javits Center in Manhattan. This year it includes a new track Internet of Things, which promises to be “The Next Big Thing”. In our company we have enough of early adopters of anything related to software development, and we’d like to present what we can do in this field. Here’s the proposal I just submitted to the IoT Expo: ABSTRACT Case Study. IoT In The Field Force Automation From software development perspective IoT is about programming “things”, about connecting them with each other or integrating them with ex... (more)

Java Swing Has to be Deprecated

Every time I start teaching my new Java class I’m looking at the Swing units in the manual asking myself, “Why my students need to know Swing framework?” Well, I need to teach them how to program GUI, event listeners, asynchronous worker threads and event loop that are pretty much the same in every programming language that deals with UI. My students create applets and test them in appletviewer, then they are going through hard times trying to run them in Web browsers… In the end, I tell them that they won’t be going doing Swing programming in the real world projects. I also tell... (more)