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Floyd Marinescu Interviewed on Channel 9 50

LifeForm42 writes "Java guru and ServerSide.com creator Floyd Marinescu is on Microsoft's Channel 9. From the description of the interview: 'Floyd Marinescu is truly a leader in the coding community. Besides writing some of the most influential books in the Java world, he has brought developers together in two popular online venues which he founded: TheServerSide.com and TheServerSide.net. Now Floyd is using his unique talent for building virtual societies in a new endeavor called InfoQ. Whereas TheServerSide.com catered to a Java audience, and TheServerSide.net catered to Microsoft developers, InfoQ is a venue for programmers on any platform.'"
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Floyd Marinescu Interviewed on Channel 9

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  • Channel 9? (Score:3, Funny)

    by davidwr ( 791652 ) on Friday September 08, 2006 @11:27PM (#16070549) Homepage Journal
    I thought geek stuff aired on Network23 [network23.tv].
  • Thank you, editors.
  • Vulcan Communication (owned by Microsoft's Bobby Knight impersonator, Paul Allen) sells TechTV, but Microsoft gets to keep their TV network? Channel Nine get off the air!
  • Who? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by greg_barton ( 5551 ) * <{moc.oohay} {ta} {notrab_gerg}> on Friday September 08, 2006 @11:45PM (#16070582) Homepage Journal
    Besides writing some of the most influential books in the Java world...

    "Most influential"? Never heard of him...
    • Which have you heard of?

      Disregard the question if you can answer it properly. The point is to see if you haven't heard of his books specifically or just don't care about java.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by greg_barton ( 5551 ) *
        Haven't heard of the author or the books. Been programming in java continuously since '97. :)
        • by Anonymous Coward
          And you've never been to theserverside.com? I take it you haven't been programming Java professionally at all.
    • by kjart ( 941720 )

      "Most influential"? Never heard of him...

      This [amazon.com] is the only book he appears to have authored, at least according to what I could find on Amazon. I'm not sure how that equates to "some of the most influential books". I suppose developing those websites is a bit of work - though I'd never heard of them personally before either.

      • The book is old now, but back in 2002 it had reached the number 2 computer book for a short period of time.
        • How in the world does one book on Java Beans, plus one "et al" book, translate into "writing some of the most influential books in the Java world?"

  • wow (Score:5, Funny)

    by kv9 ( 697238 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @12:00AM (#16070602) Homepage
    wow, floyd marinescu? finally at last!
  • by grcumb ( 781340 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @12:14AM (#16070620) Homepage Journal
    Floyd Marinescu is truly a leader in the coding community.

    No, Linus is a leader. RMS is a leader. Gates is a leader.

    This man is a programmer who seems to have a knack for self-promotion.

    If he was as good as all that, I'd have heard of him from somewhere other than Channel 9, wouldn't I?

    • by Bodrius ( 191265 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @01:24AM (#16070706) Homepage
      Not sure I disagree with the conclusion, but that is a lousy metric; and the definition by comparison is broken.

      Marinescu is a leader as much as CmdrTaco is a leader in the community.
      Neither is on the same bar as the three you describe (as in spawning and defining community), but one can argue that someone who organizes a community to communicate better is a leader of some sort.

      The ServerSide.foo sites are very common points of reference in the Java world, and their material is pretty good in general.
      I may or may not have read books from Marinescu at some point, but I definitely got some of my best points of reference and links to books worth reading from those sites.

      Having not heard of the man is not a good metric in general either, since effective leadership can be quite transparent to outsiders.
      The main reason I'm more familiar with the name/alias behind Slashdot, for that matter, is because of a mix of self-promoting articles and chronic complaints about broken editorial methods.

    • It's a story by Zonk, what did you expect?
    • I personally wouldn't call myself a 'leader in the code community'. I think Rod Johnson, Don Box, and Gavin Kings are leaders in the code community. They are leading it in new directions. What I've basically been doing over the years is provide focal point for the community to track itself and stay informed, and make sure that important new directions led by others get the air time and discussion they deserve. If anything I am an influencer, maybe an educator. I think of myself as more as a public servan
  • Virtual Societies (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Temeriki ( 997169 )
    So how long until they pull a face book, and put everyones projects out on an rss feed?
  • This is offtopic grousing, but I submitted a Slashdot story that was rejected that I think is pretty important, namely that it is now official [sun.com] that Sun hires [tbray.org] two of the main open source JRuby developers, Charles Nutter [blogspot.com] and Thomas Enebo [bloglines.com] to work fulltime on Ruby for the JVM, and generally improve tools support for dynamic languages.

    This might get a lot of people worried ("Get your stinking Java out of my Ruby!" "Get your stinking Ruby out of my Java!", but I think this will benefit both languages, and especia
    • Yes, it's off-topic, but the story isn't that interesting, and most people come for the comments anyway.

      This is a particularly interesting development. Java is C++ with some Smalltalk influence. Ruby is Smalltalk with broken syntax. Adding support for Ruby to the JVM would make it very easy to write a Smalltalk compiler for the JVM (actually, writing a Smalltalk compiler is quite simple in most languages; it's a very easy language to parse).

      • by Decaff ( 42676 )
        Ruby already runs on the JVM, in the form of Ruby, and there are already Smalltalk compilers and systems for the JVM.

        The story is interesting, as a JVM implementation could help with various issues that have been around in Ruby for some time. For example JRuby will almost certainly be compiling to byte codes (and so amenable to considerable optimisation) on the JVM before Ruby 2.0 with it's VM is out and stable. JRuby also uses native threads, and the Java connection means it is likely to be easier to imp
  • Check out Channel 9! Breast exam!
  • by lonesometrainer ( 138112 ) <vanlil&yahoo,com> on Saturday September 09, 2006 @08:42AM (#16071334)
    I've read nearly a dozen different books on J2EE design patterns, but the outcome was always the same. More or less the standard J2EE pattern catalog from Sun changed here a bit added there a bit. Problem is: Sun's pattern catalog is bullshit (from a technical standpoint) and - what's more important - simply wasted time. It doesn't take into account the existence of frameworks and describes technologies/patterns that are simply historical.

    Floyd's book (EJB design patterns) was completely different with cool new ideas and he wasn't afraid to say that EJBs suck in many situations.

    Go and read it (even if everything changed from the API side with EJB 3.0) and order "Bitter EJB" from Bruce Tate, too!

    Thanks, Floyd!
  • Hey guys, thanks for being slashdotted! I never would have expected. So the real news here isn't about my interview, it's about InfoQ [infoq.com]! InfoQ.com is an independent online community focused on change and innovation in enterprise software development, targeted primarily at the technical architect, technical team lead (senior developer), and project manager. InfoQ serves the Java, .NET, Ruby, SOA, and Agile communities with daily news written by domain experts, articles, video interviews, video conference pr
    • by aled ( 228417 )
      Would you please explain the difference between theserverside.com and InfoQ?
  • by fmarines ( 983051 ) on Saturday September 09, 2006 @09:59AM (#16071537)
    So I wonder if being personally slashdotted will help me on the dating scene? :) Floyd Marinescu
    • by chromatic ( 9471 )

      Sadly no, but occasionally a Slashdot fanboy might come up to you at a conference. It's your call whether that's a good thing.

    • (Mod up parent!)

      If it helps, Floyd is a pretty fun guy! Smart, capable, super nice, what women wouldn't want in on that!

      I knew Floyd in high school, we ran the computer club and wrote programming contests together (and did quite well IIRC).

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