Jim Hall

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Hello Ivor,
I own many books on Java (30+) and have to admit yours looks the oldest (got the most use). It was one of my first and key in helping me pass the SCPJ. It is a no-brainer when someone asks my advice for a book to learn java. Looking forward to the new edition.
22 years ago
** Warning. This will be explicit and long. **
Some of you may have heard about the Limp Bizkit guitarist search. Basically, the band has been "touring" the country visiting Guitar Center stores, holding auditions for a new guitarist to replace the one who left the band.
The deal is this. From 7:00 to 11:00 AM you can sign up for a slot to try out that day. The tryouts are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During this time, they take you into a room to play your stuff. At the end of that time, you leave. They call three to ten people at 5:30 to come back to the place and play in front of Limp Bizkit. Out of those people, one is selected to return at 9:00 to jam with the band, and anyone who participated is invited to watch -- a free concert, basically.
So I arrive there, with a copy of our band's full CD in hand. I'm with a friend who wants to try out, so I go ahead and sign up too. We get there at 5:00 AM and we're pretty far back in line. Not incredibly bad though. Free donuts and coffee, so all isn't too bad.
10:00 rolls around. The line is moving slow, but that's to be expected. We finally get up around the corner of the building to the front of the line at about noon. Current total time there: 7 hours.
Get to the table, and I notice there's a waiver you have to sign. No problem, standard stuff. Then I notice it's a three page contract. This contract basically said that if you play, you must sign the contract. Okay. No big deal here either. So I keep reading it. An interesting note. Anything you play can NOT be copyright, and can be used by Limp Bizkit in audio, video, or recorded form of any sort. Other big words which basically translated to the fact that if you play something, they are fully authorized to steal it and use it on a CD. The artist agrees to zero compensation and zero rights over the track, and will get their name in the liner notes "if possible."
This didn't sit well, as me and the guy I was with were planning on playing something we wrote. So we sign it and decide to make something up. An annoyance at the very least, but we'd waited seven hours to get this far.
Then we got to stand in the parking lot for another two hours. We finally get inside at about 2:30, where it's another 30 minute wait for your turn. Current total time there: 10 hours.
So then we get the "rules". They are outlined for us straight out. No guitar solos. No playing cover songs. No playing copyrighted material. No playing Limp Bizkit songs. This effectively means that you're forced to play something that you made up, but don't have a copyright for. You may see where this is going.
Entering the room, there's one guy. He's got a mute button under his foot. His job is to make sure you follow the rules. If you break any, you get muted and kicked out immediately. So I go in, and there's one amp for me to plug into, and the settings are turned to "mud". It sounded awful, and was not pleasing to the ears. And it was loud enough that the awfulness didn't go away for some time. Then comes another fun part.
"You have 60 seconds to play. Starting now."
One f@#$ing minute?!
So since the thing I'd been planning was two minutes and thirty seconds, I cut most of the parts out. Kept it under time (about 57 seconds), but it still sounded worse than a handful of ass due to that beautiful amplifier (hmm). And I leave the room and the line proceeds. We're told that the winners will be announced at 5:30. And that we are to remain in the front parking lot until that time. No leaving. Period. This makes for unhappy people. We're talking 200+ people here, plus any wives / girlfriends / husbands / boyfriends / family / friends which accompanied them. But what can you do? We stay until 5:30. Total current time there: 12 hours, 30 minutes.
5:30 rolls around. People are getting ansi. The clock keeps ticking, and it's 6:00 before we notice anything going on. Guitar Center management flags all their people and security to come inside to discuss something. They go in there, and the guy in charge walks out with a megaphone. After getting everyone's attention, the guy on the megaphone speaks:
"he competition has been called off effective immediately and will not be rescheduled. The band will not be performing with nor for anyone. They most likely will not be signing autographs. This is beyond our control, but we are ending it."
The guy then proceeds to enter back inside the huge glass doors, and two cops stand behind the door. They lock the building. After about an hour, most have gone home. The radio station is completely screwed, having brought their entire broadcast booths out to cover it. Everyone is very, very pissed. Me and the other guy stayed awhile to figure out what was going on. It's now about 7:30 PM.
Limp Bizkit now has over 200 guitar parts, written by various artists around here, which are unowned and not copyrighted. Limp Bizkit now owns these riffs. Limp Bizkit just stole 200 pieces of material right out from under these guitarists' noses, myself included. If I'd played something off our CD, I would be ABSOLUTELY pissed. I *am* absolutely pissed. They have completely ripped off hundreds of people, and they're getting away with it because they can. They're on their way to their next stop, and the radio station here has given out request line numbers for the stations down there for us to call and let them know what's happening over the course of this event, to warn them. But people aren't going to buy it. They're going to go and get their shit stolen too.
To add insult to injury, Guitar Center ran a contest where the winner would get to watch the band play even if they didn't play guitar. One person and a friend. That person also won an autographed Gibson Les Paul Studio ($1500+ guitar) by the band. She showed up after a near 200 mile drive to the area. Guitar Center told her that the band refused to acknowledge the contest at this point, and so not only did she drive three and a half hours for no performance (which she took her ten year old kid to see as his first concert), but apparently the guitar wasn't given either. All because the band wanted to be one giant collective asshole.
If any of you know anyone who's considering going to these tryouts, show them this message. If they have any questions they can contact me directly. I'm doing everything I possibly can to make sure this does NOT happen to anyone else. It's not my stuff I'm concerned about -- our CD is copyrighted completely and legally -- but I'm guessing 90% of the local bands who passed Durst a copy of their CD are going to be fucked. Many bands, especially newer local ones, don't have the money or know-how to copyright their stuff, and by giving it to them tonight, they just basically tossed them a new Limp Bizkit CD if Fred wants to do that. I wouldn't be surprised if he copyrights their shit tomorrow.
It hurts to look around and see hundreds of people get excited at the chance to be able to make something of their guitar work; to have a shot at being in a popular band, making a living doing what they dream of. Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit are taking that dream and fucking it over. And anyone who wasn't there who just caught the coverage at noon and 5:00 on the news just think everything is perfect. Happy Fred Durst in front of the cameras behind the place, fenced off, saying how good the turnout is and how happy everyone seems, and talking about all the great shit he's hearing. That man is the true meaning of a music label representative. He's the perfect salesman and nice guy in front of the media, and turns around and screws everyone involved in the ass without having to take any hit in his overall popularity, and possibly gaining a shit ton of new music in the process that he's ripped from people.
Not many things piss me off, but I'm pissed off. I'm not the only one. All sorts of "this band is playing tonight at this place, and they'd like me to announce to Fred Durst that if you're still in the area and you come to this venue, you will be able to see what a REAL band is like -- right before the real band beats your skull in." This radio station is sick of the shit from this band, and so are its listeners. If this keeps happening, I wouldn't be surprised if some shit goes down somewhere really damn soon.

if this pisses you off as much as it pissed me off, post it on every forum you read.
Thanks... and don't listen to MTV trendy bands because of bulls@#t like this (and many other noteable reasons such as no talent)
22 years ago
I've been meaning to learn what all this "SOAP" hype is about. This looks like the perfect book to get me started.
22 years ago
I am trying to implement the Front Controller pattern for all requests through my application.
In web.xml:

This is basically just what Sun has on their site for implementing this pattern.
And in the FrontController servlet I am trying to forward to jsp pages using the RequestDispatcher.forward method. I have tried it with both the ServletRequest and ServletContext objects. When I call a page it overflows the stack because the servlet keeps calling itself. What am I doing wrong?
[ January 17, 2002: Message edited by: Jim Hall ]
22 years ago
I thought the rule was one sheet of paper and pencil/pen, and that's it. I can't believe your test center would allow the use of a calculator. I don't think Sun would approve. If Sun did why wouldn't they implement it into the test interface, such as click here for popup calculator. Most of the math questions are very simple anyway, so it is not necessary.
Since many of today's calculators are mini computers capable of holding loads of textual information, the possibility for someone to use this for cheating exists. Not that you did, but the possibility does exist and would eventually be exploited.
[ January 16, 2002: Message edited by: Jim Hall ]
When I do the roundup game on my laptop. This happens to me also. I have to scroll up then down for the question to appear. Some kind of redrawing problem. It is a W2K OS with IE5.5 computer.
22 years ago
I just installed phpBB2. And let me tell you...it's awesome. JavaRanch should take a look at this free BB. I was using a 1.x version and just upgraded...what a difference.
22 years ago
That does not sound like enough time with only basic knowledge and working FT. Most people need like 2-3 months, some even more.

"Powered by phpBB 2.0 RC-1 � 2001".

phpBB is an excellent bulletin board. And it's free. You can have a fast, fully functioning board in about 1/2 hour.
Go to http://forums.storagereview.net and register. Take it for a test drive.
[ January 10, 2002: Message edited by: Jim Hall ]
22 years ago

Actually Perl performance is excellent once it has been optimized...

The real culprit is probably the lack of a database. How efficient can it be using flat files?
22 years ago

...being advocates for one language doesn't have to mean we must advocate all Java, all the time.

If it wasn't for the poor responsiveness of this board, no one would care what language it's written in.
Besides don't most programmers enjoy knocking other languages (other than their native java) when they get the chance. This is just another one of those opportunities.
Let's face it, just about every java web (jsp/servlet) book in it's first chapter criticizes PERL for poor performance. To use PERL is not only a poor choice, but a sin. The java gods would not be happy.
22 years ago
Congratulations Viki. Nice Job!
All your hard work paid off nicely.
22 years ago

Yes this board is slow at times, but then so is everything else on the net.

Maybe you are accustomed to such slow responses with your 56K. But everything is not slow on the net with a high-speed connection. I am on my computer 12-14 hrs a day and visit lots of sites, with JavaRanch BB being the slowest. This board makes me feel like I have a 56K at times.
22 years ago