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Ricardo Gil
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with google, a lot of communities, forums, wikis, mail lists, JavaRanch gurus, what�s is challenge for a Architect or a Programmer/Developer(any level) today?

What we can�t do and why still there are so many doubts if everything has already been made by someone?


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Stan James
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I work for one of those humongous corporations on the Fortune 500. We build countless custom applications to support our own financial products and internal business processes, so there is always fertile ground for new system development.

As an architect I'm tasked with prioritizing and achieving (or guiding the team to achieve) a long list of quality attributes for a system: follow standards, reuse existing components, create components for others to reuse, performance, scalability, interoperability, availability, reliability, communicate with other systems, security, privacy, time to market and many MANY more.

Sometimes it seems as though all the good stuff has been done, but there is plenty of fun to be had.


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Nick George
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Originally posted by Stan James:

As an architect I'm tasked with prioritizing and achieving (or guiding the team to achieve) a long list of quality attributes for a system: follow standards, reuse existing components, create components for others to reuse, performance, scalability, interoperability, availability, reliability, communicate with other systems, security, privacy, time to market and many MANY more.


Yeah, man, but at the end of the day, what have you really done?


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Layne Lund
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Originally posted by Nick George:


Yeah, man, but at the end of the day, what have you really done?


Who cares as long as someone is willing to pay a salary for it?

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Stan James
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At the end of the day, I've gone home. No, I've surfed the web, written some posts on the ranch, learned a lot of new stuff on the ranch, trashed a couple utility classes that everybody needs, surfed the web, stayed mostly awake through several meetings, and, um, gone home.
Joe Ess
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Originally posted by Ricardo Gil:
What we can�t do and why still there are so many doubts if everything has already been made by someone?


There is always a challange. Five years ago nobody gave google or blogs a second thought. Now Microsoft is losing sleep about google and corporate media is fighting to stay relevant in a day when anyone with an opinion and second-grade grammar can gain a web presence. Ten years ago the internet was a toy for geeks and academics. Twenty years ago a PC could scroll text and that's about it. If you would have asked 100 people at any of these times this same question, I bet 99 of them would have said that everything has already been done. I'd say it's more a failure of imagination than a lack of challange.


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Sunetra Sen
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Who cares as long as someone is willing to pay a salary for it?


Agree completely with Layne!
Who cares??
William Brogden
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I would say the greatest challenges today lie in the area of widely distributed computing. Really the area that Java was made for - keywords: GRID, JMS, JINI, JAVASPACES.
It seems to me that what has been done so far is very primitive but very powerful.
Bill
Nick George
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I reckon I care.
 
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