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Nowadays it’s quite popular to complain of the state of Java. What is the right approach for the future of Java? At this point Java is still alive waiting to adapt to its new features – the new edition of Java will be in 2011 followed by “another in 2012.” There are said to be four prospects for Java: “the status quo, forking Java, creation of an independent consortium, and total abandonment.”

In order to conquer the Java place in the market, another technology shall provide a similar, but better coverage. There is no indication for such a technology right now.
The real problem is if the Java extension on the future: if will use future opportunities or will just be complemented with other distinct technologies.

On the other hand it seems like Java is slowly killing itself. Innovation is non-existing, platform independence is slowly disappearing and Oracles behavior is scaring others than just the accused. The question is if Java has fulfilled its role and duty? Perhaps it time for new species to evolve as Darwin would have said.

In the world of software, everything is eventually replaced by the next big idea… It’s just a matter of time… Is it time to consider replacing Java?

Kristina Kozlova
Altabel Group

Are you on Facebook? I’d like to know the quirks, issues and annoyances you deal with on this social network. Whether you use Facebook to connect with friends or to manage your company’s brands, chances are you’ve found the service lacking. It could be something inherent to the site (like confusing security controls), how your friends use it (to invite you to play FarmVille) or something the site doesn’t do at all but should (such as offer a dislike button). Bellow you may find LI members’ opinions about FaceBook’s lacks.

“Incessant invitations to join it. And these are invitations from people whose names I don’t recognize.”
Martha Retallick

“1. Ads on the right column. I’ve installed a plug-in to hide them in my Safari 5
2. Ads…ops did I say ads twice? :-)”
Artyom Diogtev

“I think Facebook is like any other application. It has its place alongside LinkedIn and Twitter for those wanting to use it. You need to learn the best ways to use it for yourself, be wary of intrusions on your privacy, and then enjoy its positive aspects (like finding people you’ve lost touch with and never expected to connect with again). To answer the question, games are my biggest pet peeve.”
Pat Lovenhart (Tiliakos)

“What annoys me about facebook isn’t really “about facebook.” It’s more about the common situation of people who don’t realize the impact of what they post and talk about. Be smart, be careful.”
Barb Muessig, APR

“The fact that I cannot control everything that I do there, to whom my info is shown (like posts, comments, etc.).”
Sandra B.

“What annoy me are the advertisements & requests to play a game. You can see them on the right hand side of the screen; there are too many of them.”
Daniel L.

“The only thing that gets me really about Facebook is all the applications that you have to be really careful of when it comes to privacy. Some of them can basically relay anything that you post to whoever they wish. I have minimal applications installed and have adapted the ones I do have installed to protect my privacy.”
Simon Barrington

“Everything. It’s too public, too messy, too hard to find out how to use even the smallest feature, too everything!”
Carol Smith

“As a recruiter, one of the things I like about LinkedIn is being able to look at who is looking at me. Facebook doesn’t have that capability. I’ll offer to connect with people here who I might have a mutual interest with. I can’t do that with Facebook.”
Michelle Shemenske

Have something to add? Your opinion is welcome!

Kristina Kozlova
Altabel Group

Nowadays we have so many means of expressing yourself “visually”. Things that we possess (vestments, gadgets, apartments, etc) can “create” our image – who and what you are – in other people’s minds. As smartphones do, for example.

Below you may find the link for some funny caricatures of typical smartphones users:

This creation is the work of C-Section Comics, and it offers a giddily sobering view of the emotions/impressions surrounding each phone.

Well, of the three main smartphone types only the typical iPhone user is well feminine. Typical iPhone users apparently not only see themselves as girls, but are seen by those beholden to other smartphones as girls too.

Apparently, BlackBerry users imagine iPhone users to be very small girls indeed. On the other hand, iPhone users see BlackBerry users as an aging entity not entirely dissimilar to a cross between Cary Grant and John McCain.

The typical Android user apparently thinks he’s Einstein. However, while an iPhone user considers an Android user to be a mere goofy little nerd with all the muscles of mussels, the BlackBerry user isn’t quite so complimentary. BlackBerry users think of Android users as pizza delivery boys.

Enjoy :)

Helen Boyarchuk
Altabel Group

Maybe it’s too early to judge, but I’m curious if Microsoft will be able to do it? ;)

I should admit that the majority of the LI members were skeptical about this point. You can find their opinions bellow.

«Incredibly unlikely.
All indications are that few are interested in developing third party apps, with the consequence that there isn’t a vital and growing “WinApp Portal” akin to the Apple “App Store” or to Android Market.
And both Apple and Android are actively heading down the tablet apps paths, when Microsoft is still on the “interest in our telephony platform is waning” path.
It would take something rather enormous coming rapidly from a company (MSFT) that isn’t terribly rapid anymore to change that trend. Witness how Longhorn, started in 2001, targeted for 2003 release, was gutted of intended features, and was released, as the generally-considered-failed Vista product in 2007, four years late, and a whole lot unpopular.»
Chris Browne
Database Architect at Afilias

«I’d say that it’s late to the party. Late as in showing up at 1:30am with a case of generic beer, and getting annoyed when no one else wants to play Twister.
They’re behind the 8 ball on their competitors, the offering isn’t *that* unique, and they want you play their game and ignore what’s already been happening.»
Fred Brumwell
Community leader

«Windows 7? No. Not a chance. As even Microsoft’s own Ballmer has said, “Developers, developers, developers”
There are so few apps, and iPhone has over 300,000 now. The iPhone owns so much mindshare and market share, that it is too late to try and break without overwhelming appealing reasons. And Windows just offer nothing. Nothing compelling.
Windows 7 mobile is a tired port of a very clunky OS. It does little new and is a bad implementation for mobile. The touch interface is not effective. And each hardware manufacturer offers enough different hardware to make the Mobile OS difficult to customize and work correctly on the device.
Even Android found this past quarter was flat compared to iPhone. And Android is the only other mobile implementation with a chance of competing for development and market share.
Right now, Android and iPhone are where developers want to create apps. And where consumers and businesses want to purchase.»
Greg Poulos
President Bluefin Productions Inc.

«Not at all. Even without taking into consideration the quality of devices themselves, Microsoft simply has bad fame into this segment, especially if compared to Apple.
Microsoft could deliver some Apple-something killer within 10 years, under these conditions:
– They do great with every new product
– They don’t come out with another shameful product anymore
– Apple sleeps in the meanwhile.»
Valerio Muzi
Freelance IT consultant and software architect

Perhaps you have a different opinion on this issue? Please share it with us.

Kristina Kozlova
Altabel Group

Google and Apple are well-known rivals for the mobile OS share at the smartphone battlefield. By now the competition has already extended to the other field – the tablet market. The tablet market was pioneered by Apple with its iPad. It has been months that they faced no competition and Apple is currently dominating: the iPad started shipping in April and became an instant hit, and Apple reported selling more than 7 million iPads by the end of September. Research firm Strategy Analytics released data showing Apple with 95% of tablet sales in the quarter ended September 30. Meanwhile, Android’s share of the market slipped to 2.3% from 2.9%.
But it’s evident Android is trying to make headway into this direction. Samsung unveiled its Android-powered Galaxy Tab in early September, while HTC, Dell and Motorola also have Android tablets in the works. In addition, HP, RIM and MS are coming out with tablets, as are Acer and Nokia.

Apple’s dominant market share is already facing a challenge as features such as cameras, Flash support, USB ports, Google Apps integration and portability improvements draw attention to Android tablets. These are some prominent features the iPad lacks. Who knows – maybe Android tablets within a year or year and a half could outsell the iPad. Especially if they still stick to their price advantage. FYI – overall, global tablet sales in the 3rd quarter were 4.4 million, a 26% increase over the 3.5 million units shipped in the 2nd quarter. Analyst firm Gartner has pegged tablet sales worldwide to reach 19.5 million units in 2010, predicting a tripling of tablet sales in 2011 to 54.8 million units. Interesting how will market share shake out in 2011 and couple next years? Clearly Apple won’t retain 95% of the tablet market…

The current market observations show there is sort of customers’ wait-and-see attitude. Many say it’s too early to buy a tablet: devices prices are high, and the tablets variety is too modest.

The army of new tablets with Android and MS OSes is expected to provide users with more choice. At the same time, with dozens or even hundreds of varieties to choose from, ordinary consumers may feel paralyzed about which to buy. And buy iPad :) that is always committed to the form factor and its UI quality. Many iFans anticipate increased possibilities from the next-generation iPad as far as Apple has already shown its willing to cannibalize its own devices lines.

And what do you think: Will the scenario repeat itself (like it has been in the mobile market)? Do you believe Apple will finally dare to take these critical steps or will just remain stuck to its current policy?
You are welcome to leave your comments. Would be happy to hear them.

Helen Boyarchuk
Altabel Group

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