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Monday, January 28, 2008

Hanging Out: Pakistan Maritime Museum

Pakistan Navy Submarine Hangor placed at Maritime Museum
Wikipedia: Pakistan Maritime Museum

Main Entrance Inside Main Entrance Aircraft, Museum and Sculpture
Aircraft and Museum Museum and Naval Ship Hangor Submarine
Light House and Food Court Light House Naval Ship
Park Older and smaller Submarine PNS Hangor Commissioning Crew
PNS Hangor Commisioning Order PNS Hangor Torpedoes
Rear View Exit Bridge Fountain
Close Up Another View Another View
Hut Entrance Bridge Another View
  • Good place to hang out with your friends or family
  • Very clean environment, organized and well maintained
  • Educational and Informative, specially the Museum
  • Exciting trips inside real Aircraft, Naval Ship and Submarine
  • Excellent designing of sitting areas, parks, lakes and food court
  • Sorry that I lost pictures of Museum, Aircraft, Naval Ship and Food court
  • Cameras of all sorts are not allowed inside newly installed PNS Hangor Submarine, therefore I was only allowed to take pictures from outside
  • There's also a Play Area for children near food court
  • Food court includes an outlet for coffee, tea, ice cream, chips, pop corns and biscuits. Another outlet for fast food. And a medium size restaurant offering different cuisine.
  • Adequate arrangement of charged parking

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Real Story: How Java was named?

From: James Gosling
Date: August 24, 2007 8:16:58 PM PDT
To: Jonathan Schwartz
Subject: How was Java named?

The story goes like this:

We needed a name. We had been using "oak" (which was selected essentially randomly by me), and while the team had grown attached to it, the trademark lawyers ruled it out. We had lots of email debates about names, but nothing got resolved. We ended up in the awkward position where the #1 thing stopping us from shipping was the name.

Our marketing lead knew someone who was a "naming consultant" (I don't remember his name, but he was great). We could neither afford the price nor the time of a conventional product naming process. He agreed to do something rather odd, but effective and quick: he acted as a facilitator at a meeting where about a dozen of us locked ourselves in a room for an afternoon. He started asking us questions like "How does this thing make you feel?" (Excited!) "What else makes you feel that way?" (Java!) We ended up with a board covered with essentially random words. Then he put us through a sorting process where we ended up with a ranking of the names. We ended up with a dozen name candidates and sent them off to the lawyers: they worked down the list until they hit one that cleared their search. "Java" was the fourth name on the list. The first name on the list was "Silk", which I hated but everyone else liked. My favorite was "Lyric", the third one on the list, but it didn't pass the lawyers test. I don't remember what the other candidate names where.

So, who named Java? Marketing organized the meeting, the consultant ran it, and a whole pile of us did a lot of yelling out of random words. I'm honestly not real sure who said "Java" first, but I'm pretty sure it was Mark Opperman.

There certainly wasn't any brilliant marketing mind who went through a coherent thought process.

Read Jonathan's complete post here

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Persistence (JDBC, Hibernate, JPA, EJB) Tier Code Generator

FireStorm/DAO is a Java Code Generator that can import existing database schemas (from a SQL script or from a live JDBC connection) and can then generate a complete persistence tier based on any of the following Java persistence technologies:

  • Java Database Connectivity (JDBC)
  • Java Persistence API (JPA)
  • Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)
  • Hibernate Java Persistence

FireStorm/DAO generates Java source code and configuration files that developers would otherwise have to write by hand. FireStorm/DAO generates code that is compliant with the Data Access Object (DAO) design pattern (DAO is a core J2EE design pattern). FireStorm/DAO can also generate native persistence code for Object Relational Mapping (ORM) products (such as Hibernate or JDO-based products).