• Subject: RE: What I Learned on my Vacation
  • From: "Joe Pluta" <joepluta@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 20:28:51 -0600
  • Importance: Normal

>      It seems that you made great progress in understanding
> Websphere. What did
> you use as your guide? The drivers, classpaths & different
> versions/PTFs kept me
> from developing a real system. In fact it took my best efforts to get the
> Websphere sample programs working.

That tried and true method... trial and error.  A seemingly long-lost
technique of defining the characteristics of a tool is empirical testing.
Take the variables you're not sure of and build a table.  Test each
combination of various values for those variables and record the results.
Analyze the result table to determine the characteristics of the different
variables.

Another good thing is to use "incremental variation".  Add some code.  If it
breaks, remove pieces of the new code until it's not broken anymore.  QED,
the last piece you removed broke it.  Now, on occasion you run into more
subtle interactions, but for the most part, this simple approach works quite
well.



>      Might I suggest you have a look at the Websphere Studio on your next
> vacation. It contains some great functionality for developing web based
> applications. The Applet Designer and the wizards for SQL &
> Databases are truly
> amazing.  What with its Project publishing and diagrams of web
> site components
> it makes it a real dream to learn and use.

Will do, although I may not like it much...

>      The Websphere Studio is really an environment of component
> programming and
> saves having to learn too much about Java. Although I think it is
> going to take
> a few more versions and more wizards to make it the tool of the
> future.  It is
> good to see such great progress.

...because I hate anything that generates all but the most trivial code (and
even that ought to use a template I can modify).

>
>      Unfortunately a green screen and pay cheque are calling. I
> like many others
> will be watching your progress with interest.

Once I get a new IP address defined, you're going to see a whole new set of
examples.  I've got a lot of ideas; the only trick is getting the time.

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