What's Sun thinking?

Most of the time I’m pretty proud to call myself a Java programmer. When people ask me what programming language I work with, I usually answer Java even though I’ve probably been doing more PHP5 than Java lately.

But every now and then I get a question from a client asking where he or she should download the latest version of the Java runtime. I wish I could offer them something else than java.com.

I mean, look at the page:

sun.com

What could Sun possibly be thinking here? – 90% of the page is advertising, or something that looks like advertising. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s crap advertising. With sound!.

If I didn’t know better I’d think that I’d written “java.com” incorrectly and landed on some hijacked typein spam-domain.

They’ve found out that can make a lot of money selling advertising space on the main download page for Java. It wouldn’t surprise me if they discover that most people start reading from the upper left corner, and move the actual download link to the bottom right.

It makes Java look bad.

phpODP page refreshed!

I finally updated the design on the phpODP page. It looks so much better now – not strange, considering the old design was, well – old. And even when it was new it wasn’t all that great. Have a look at it here.

Free Subversion service

SVN is a version system that replaces CVS (cause it’s better). I’ve been using it for quite a while, and have been kind of addicted to it. Since I haven’t yet set up my own server at home, I started looking around for SVN hosting – when I found this one which is free.

I just registered but it looks great so far. You can create a project with multiple users. If you do not want it to be an open project, you can disallow anonymous checkouts. In addition, connecting to the repository through SSL is possible. Good times.

If you don’t know what SVN is, check out the project page at tigris.org. Also, if you’re on a windows box, I recommend TortoiseSVN which integrates nicely in the explorer. As the name kind of indicates, TortoiseSVN may be slow – but if you experience those kind of problems with it there are several other clients over at tigris.org.

Of course, using the command line tools are often best. And many IDE’s have integrated SVN alread, or are working on it as you read this.

Anyway, just wanted to spread the word about that OpenSVN service. Hope it stays up.

Enjoy :-)