Have you followed the Spring Roo series? As an editor I don't always have the opportunity to recreate the labs and examples in articles that I publish. I get sufficient information to see that they should work and then let them go. With the Spring Roo articles I found myself playing with the examples a little because it was so easy to just try them.
If I was more involved in application development today-- as in hands-on, having to crank out results-- I would probably be taking a serious look at this technology. It's not for everything, but in the areas where it is a good fit it promises some quick, easy development to solve problems that will run on a variety of environments. This really matters as we move into the Cloud world. Honestly, you are going to need more than Java in a Cloud world.
We just published that final two pieces on this series and it provides a good overview to start making you productive. See all the articles in the "Introducing Spring Roo" series.
Did you ever get an email about a study that made you say "Wow! How do I get paid to do a study as obvious as that?" I got an email with the results of a study which claimed "Tech Fuels Success for Business Travelers". In it, we are treated to such startling discoveries as it can be hard to get a healty meal on the road, people who travel a lot miss personal things in their lives and mobile technology is really helpful to people on the road. Perhaps this is for people who have never done any business travel. Maybe I'm just not the target audience. I didn't disagree with anything they showed, it just seemed to be in the "many people seem to have two eyes" sort of category.
Firefox on my phone
I loaded Firefox on my Droid Bionic and it seems to do OK. Dolphin HD has been my browser of choice for a while, but Firefox has some niceties. They do a really good job of auto zooming on collumns and modules of information so I can read them. If the page doesn't have the information divided, though, it can be a little challenging. The pinch-zoom functions are pretty spry, so it's easy to adjust. (That is assuming that I will still be permitted to use such a function or if someone will have to invent an "innovation" such as jumping up and down while I wave the phone about in order to zoom because pinch-zooming has been "taken". Did you know that cabinet makers had rounded rectangles long before smart phones did? I digress.)
I like the way that Firefox is very obvious about areas where there are flash components and that you need to click the object to activate it. Dolphin can be quirky there and sometimes just shows blank space, which looks broken, when it's actually an unloaded object.
Navigation is pretty straightforward and it does better with some form-based pages. I'll certainly keep it. It looks like I my use different browsers for different purposes, however. I'll bet it's a better experience on a tablet.
Turn the eDGe loose!
I got a great deal on an Entourage Pocket eDGe tablet... because I bought it in a "deal" just as the were going out of business. For the price I figured it would be worth tinkering with, and it was fun enough. However, their approach to setting up Android has made it proprietary enough that it can't be upgraded. Furthermore, Google has decided not to allow it access to their software repository so I have to install everything through 3rd party app stores. The Amazon app store is pretty good, but many application developers choose only to release through the Google store, so that makes for a lot of unnecessary hacking.
Of course, there are enthusiasts out there who would probably make short order of all of these kinds of updates if the information about the hardware was released. I understand the business reasons for not releasing the information. But the technology side of me would love to see what would happen if such things were turned loose into the wild. The eDGe is a nifty little device and could probably do well if it could be updated a bit more.
Right now I'm letting my daughter use it as an internet device as she works her way toward a laptop. The built-in book reader is a nice touch and I'm setting her up with some material there... like the entire Oz series by L. Frank Baum.
I look around and see that there is a devoted base for the Commodore Amiga... who seem to continue to make discoveries. I wonder what it is about such devices that let them live so much more easily. Alas. I'll squeeze what I can out of it. I suppose people create this technology to be disposable... the opposite of the main frame.