Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

Latest Posts

IBM dumps Microsoft? Not.

Despite published reports to the contrary, Linux backer IBM is a long ways away from cutting the umbilical cord to Microsoft Windows. A more gradual strategy of switching to cross-platform capable applications like Workplace Client will give the software giant the flexibility it needs to make that decision later if it so chooses.

March 8, 2006 by Ed Burnette


Playboy, Pornography, and Eclipse

After using free bandwidth donated by Playboy Enterprises for 5 months, the Eclipse Foundation bows to concerns from the community and removes Playboy from the list of mirrors. Although Playboy hosts many other open source projects such as Apache, apparently they were a little too controversial for the conservative Foundation.

March 6, 2006 by Ed Burnette


Code generation considered harmful

Matisse, the NetBeans GUI editor, was recently described as "bad" because of restrictions on editing the Java source it generates. This is unfair, however, because the whole idea of generating code is fraught with danger.

March 4, 2006 by Ed Burnette


BeanShell: groovier than Groovy

Recent blogs calling Groovy the "sleeping giant" overlook a nimble alternative. With its uncluttered design, mature code base, small size, well defined semantics, dynamic language features, and JSR 274, BeanShell looks way groovier than Groovy.

March 2, 2006 by Ed Burnette