Archive for June, 2009

To Flash or to Open Web

June 25th, 2009 by jeremychone | 10 Comments »

Nowadays, building [rich] Web applications can be quite challenging, as the proliferation of Web technologies has become overwhelming and confusing. The real challenge is that many interesting new Web technologies are being promoted by various groups, and it can be quite difficult for a developer or architect to filter the practical and future-proof ones from the cool and volatile ones.

As a rule of thumb, open technologies tend to be more pervasive and longer lasting (especially for the Internet) than proprietary technologies, which tend to bring more advanced capabilities early on. Consequently, Web application developers need to be pragmatically-open, by choosing open technologies whenever possible, but also by not hesitating to use proprietary ones when required. It is not about being religious about openness or anything else, but rather about being diligent so that one is able to choose the right technology to maximize the chances of success of the target application. In other words, it should not be a personal and emotional decision, but rather a business and rational one.

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My Drama Failure

June 16th, 2009 by jeremychone | Comments Off

Note: This blog talks about drama, but does not intend to create any. It is just a reflection on why my previous drama article (the only one) did not work as expected.

Ok—so, as you can see in the previous article, the experiment did not work. It barely topped my top content-oriented article (x1.1), and I over-estimated my reach by a factor of ten. This is a big miss. So either the assumption or the variables were not correct. I am still convinced about the power of entertainment for content, but the packaging was probably not optimum.


Here are what I got wrong:

1) Too Late:

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How I got Censored from Techcrunch: L’Arroseur Arrosé

June 10th, 2009 by jeremychone | 22 Comments »

Disclosure: This article has some drama, which I usually try to avoid on this blog. However, I think this drama leads to good content and an interesting experiment.

The Drama: L’Arroseur Arrosé

Popular tech bloggers tend to have an inner capability to manufacture drama, and that is exactly what Michael Arrington did [again] on the Leo Laporte Live video show last Saturday. While Michael was very fast to give his version of the facts on his blog, commenting back has proven to be a little bit harder—at least, it was for me.

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Myths about JavaFX, Android, and J2ME

June 8th, 2009 by jeremychone | 27 Comments »

At JavaOne, Larry Ellison has made some very encouraging statements about Oracle’s commitments to Java, JavaFX, and the mobile developer market. It is certainly good news that Oracle (i.e., Larry) sees the significance of the Java platform in its integrality. However, there are many misunderstandings about the relationship between Java, JavaFX, and Android that even confuse the new Java owner. Here are some clarifications.

1) JavaFX is NOT Java.

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