As a relatively new employee of Sun Microsystems, in 1998 I found myself a member of a fledgling team called the Enterprise Java group. This was the heyday of interest in Java technology: APIs were being created for Java at a breakneck pace. Even the announcement of the creation of a new API for Java was headline news in the computing press, as though in the computing world it was only a matter of time before every idea, construct, and program would be expressed as a Java technology. Ideally, each technology would have a “J” in front of the name, as though each were part of a crowd of surfers barely ahead of the crest of a wave that ...

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