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Monday, June 30, 2008

Java Terminology Explained

In the Java world we often hear alot of names like J2SE, J2RE, J2EE, Java EE, J2SDK and JDK. For a idiot like me, its all very confusing. So, I started with simple questions to get some answers inorder to clarify the confusion. This might be very helpful for a java starter.

Java RE - The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) provides the libraries, the Java Virtual Machine, and other components to run applets and applications written in the Java programming language. In addition, two key deployment technologies are part of the JRE: Java Plug-in, which enables applets to run in popular browsers; and Java Web Start, which deploys standalone applications over a network.

Current version : Java RE 6
Previous Versions : J2RE 5.0 (aka J2RE 1.5.0), J2RE 1.4. Read more on Name Change by Sun.

Java SE - Java Platform, Standard Edition (also known as Java 2 Platform) lets you develop and deploy Java applications on desktops and servers, as well as today's demanding Embedded and Real-Time environments. Java SE includes classes that support the development of Java Web Services and provides the foundation for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE).

Current version : Java SE 6
Previous Versions are called J2SE 5.0 (aka J2SE 1.5.0), J2SDK 1.4.2. Read more on Name Change by Sun.

NOTE: J2SE 5.0, J2SE 1.4.2 are in their Java Technology End of Life (EOL) transition period.

Java EE - Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) builds on the solid foundation of Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) and is the industry standard for implementing enterprise-class service-oriented architecture (SOA) and next-generation web applications.

Current Version : Java EE 5 (Java EE 6 is due this year)
Previous Versions : J2EE (1.4)

What's difference between J2EE and Java EE?

"The name of the Java platform for the enterprise has been simplified. Formerly, the platform was known as Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), and specific versions had "dot numbers" such as J2EE 1.4. The "2" is dropped from the name, as well as the dot number. So the latest version of the Java platform for the enterprise is Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE 5)." - according to Sun, the creators of Java.

Ambiguity between a JDK and an SDK ?

According to Wikipedia - "The Java Development Kit (JDK) is a subset of what is loosely defined as a Software development kit (SDK) in the general sense. In the descriptions which accompany their recent releases for Java SE, EE, and ME, Sun acknowledge that under their terminology, the JDK forms the subset of the SDK which is responsible for the writing and running of Java programs.[citation needed] The remainder of the SDK is composed of extra software, such as Application Servers, Debuggers, and Documentation."

NOTE: On 17 November 2006, Sun announced that it would be released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), thus making it free software. This happened in large part on 8 May 2007[1] and the source code was contributed to the OpenJDK.

To know more about JDK : read Wikipedia article on JDK

For all Java Download (Current version) : Visit SDN [Sun Developer Network]
For all the earlier versions of Java products : Visit Java Archive.
To read more on Java Versioning : Click here.

I am trying to perfect Java 2 version 1.4 (i.e. J2EE) and then plan to take it to the next level i.e. Java EE (6 being the version to be released this year).

References : Wikipedia and

Expert One on One : J2EE Design and Development

I started reading a great book on J2EE called "Expert One-on-One : J2EE Design and Development". I read the preface and it looks like a very nice book and Rod Johnson clearly seems to understand the J2EE paradigm inside out. Although this is a rather not so updated book for Java EE (as it is known now) it still gives a great insight into Java as a platform for Enterprise development.

Book on Amazon

Read some reviews here

I read a review that this book not only talks about Java and J2EE but also covers the architectural challenges faced real time and the programming in general. Lets see how much I can grasp from this book.

Getting married the Google Way

I was going through the google blog and found something interesting. I read a story of a couple planning their whole marriage using Google's free apps.

They used
  • the Blogger to post the news and updates, used the future-dated-posts to post their thanks!
  • the Google docs for To-Dos and RSVP Lists ( How Geeky is that?)
  • the Google Calender for obvious reasons ( to mark the dates ).
  • the Google Maps for directions to the chapel and sites of interest.
Interesting haan? I guess the next step would be - using Google's Picasa for the Web Photo Album.

This is their blog :

And Google's blog mentions this on their officail blog :

Saw "Saw"

Finally I saw "Saw" the movie. It was very gripping but gory as hell! This adds one more movie to my all time fav goriest films "Hostel", "Gangs of New York", "Hostel II", "Chain Saw Series" and one more movie which I can not recall right now.

I felt chills running down my spine when I saw the climax of the movie. The end wasnt very convincing where the killer just says he kills them coz they dont appreciate the gift of life and all but I guess if there was a real valid reason to kill he wouldnt be a psycho - would he? And the whole point of a horror film is the thrills and not the logic at the end. Now, I have to watch the next 3 parts to see how gory they are.

Quick Question : What do pyschopaths do when they arent killing someone?
Answer : Watching all the gory films - So, beware of me! hehehe :)

BTW, I was just kidding. Please dont kill me!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sarkar Raj

John Gaadu on Vuyyala, flickr collection by djohnjimmy.

I saw Sarkar Raj today as Kishore insisted that we watch it. After a very long time, Ram Gopal Varma has come back with a really really nice movie. It was gripping till the very end and there was a really nice surprise in the end which I bet no one would have seen coming.

Ofcourse, everyone knows that Abhi's character Shankar dies in this sequel but the interesting thing here is how RGV plans the next sequel. Will it be a female lead with Aish taking over the Sarkar Raj? Or will there be another guy?

Anyways, the movie is worth every minute of your (download + watching) time. I would totally recommend it to any hard core gangster movie lover. Its on if you want to download and watch like me.

Oh if you are wondering about the photo here : Coincidentally, we went to the send off lunch/party of Raghavendra this afternoon at the IndiClub here in Baltimore and they have a really nice swing/vuyyala there. And you know I started posing!

Bear the Beard!

John in Baltimore, originally uploaded by djohnjimmy.

I am trying a new look with the beard and mustache (look closely till you see something funny). There you go!

Jesus had a beard and I was always fascinated with Jesus' beard. I mean, nobody knows for sure that Jesus has a beard or not but from all the movies on Jesus I've seen - there's a very good possiblilty that he might have had a really sexy beard or atleast the Hollywood & Tollywood Jesus did.

Anyways, I know I aint exactly the Jewish type to carry off the beard but still its a free country and the beard doesnt cost you anything in fact if you really think about it, it actually saves you money! Wise huh!:)

I am not quite sure how long I can bear the beard. Its already shabby and itchy but lets see. Alright, enough with the Beard already.

Oh BTW, this nonsense post is brought to you by flickr's new blog this feature. Flickr RULES period.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Spaces Blog

I was goofing around with and found that they also offer blogging services now. I guess, someone's feeling inferior of Google!

Its not nearly as great as blogger but still its a blog. The most annoying part of it is the advertisements header on the top. Its just sooooooooo freaking annoying. Microsoft's got to be kidding putting those ads on top of the blogs. I mean, Bill Gates is already filthy rich - come on! Enough with the nickels and dimes on every ad on each blog.

Look at blogger for Christ's sake - are they bothering their users like this? NO. Blogger doesnt do cheap tricks like that. And thats why it is so great. Its plain simple, give the user the whole screen space and let him deal with it.If you want the user to blog, let him customize the blog the way blogger does.

One final word : Microsoft, if you are trying to mimic Blogger, you have to do better than that.

Anyways, here is my Spaces blog. Dont even bother to visit.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Whole New theme for the blog

After hours of work I finally came up with a logo/banner for the blog. The image on the top has a strong message and also great graphics.

Please dont know ask me what the message is coz I honestly dont know what it is but you can interpret it in your own way.

One might say - from fear to to the savior!
Or lost to being found.
Or something like that.
It may not be religious at all...

Try to interpret it in your own way. Let me know if you understand it.

Blogger came a long way

I have been blogging for the past 3 years (not for long and nothing great except for my random rantings but still I was...) and never really bothered to meddle with the layout in the past two years atleast. I played with it long ago when I started blogging but after that I didnt have enough free time to even blog. I was busy living life (yeah right!)

Anyways, yesterday I saw the blog of a friend of mine (Gaurav Jha) and he has totally messed up his blog with a lot of colorful add-ons and stuff. The interesting part here is - that dude isnt a programmer - so I started wondering if a non-programmer can make so many modification then may be blogger has become more user friendly.

I decided to check what they have done and was amazed with blogger's progress. Althoug, the layouts pretty much look the same but now they have different versions/colors/themes for each layout. That department needs some attention. So, I decided to stick it my original layout as nothing else looked simple enough.

But then I saw the add-ons/page-elements page. They have a whole new bunch of addons and they are really simple to add. The add-ons I liked the most are
  • Slideshow (for Picasa/ Flickr /Photo Bucket) - I attached my flick slideshow as you can see... two reasons - 1. I bought a flickr account and 2. I am proud of my photographic abilities coz I clicked some pictures nice by accident.
  • Video Bar for Youtube videos - this is cool. Give it a shot!. Although I would love to show my fav youtube videos on this and not just some random youtube channel/most viewed videos (seriously who cares?) - but may be that something for the future.
  • Blog List - the blogs I read or I am interested in reading or pretending to be reading/following like the google blog.
  • Link List - this made adding list of elements real easy like my fav movies/shows/whatever.
  • HTML/JavaScript
    Add third-party functionality or other code to your blog. (this is sooo cool - I am thinking of doing something really really cool with this and's sdk - keep guessing! ). TIP: You can actually put the Google Analytics code here instead of medding with the blog layout html. That way you can easily remove it or change it.
  • Ofcourse, AdSense - although I am not interested in putting some stupid adds on my blog for obvious reasons ( no-one ever reads this blog except for me!) but still I like the whole ease of adding adsense to your blog.

Keep these updates coming Blogger. Rock On!

Long live Torrents/Mininova.

I have been watching too many movies lately and I couldnt have done it without Its soooo bloody simple. All you gotta do is search and download. Its better than google actually coz its save that extra search. With torrents Any movie in the world is just 2 clicks away.

I have used torrents before but it wasnt this fast for two reasons :
* as the internet in India is really expensive and we had to be content with the small bandwidths that are offered to home users.
* people in India dont believe in seeding, we have 1/1000 leeches seeding back home.

I am downloading atleast 5 movies a day and make it a point to seed them till I download the next batch. ROCKS... and whoever invented the torrent technology is a bloody genious. Long live P2P. I hope its legalized and stays free forever.

Tips : If you have loads of time to kill, go to IMDB's list of top 250 movies

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a story of 4 friends and how destiny plays with them. They gamble and loose alot of money and now have to pay up half a million in a week. How they are gonna come up with the money ? They loot the loot of next door thieves. And a whole big mess happens and what happens next is the best part.

It could not have had a better ending than what it has. Simply superb.

9/10 again.

Memento (2000) Mystery

I saw Memento today and it was a very very strange movie. The screenplay is totally weird but really cool. It was gripping until the very end. You have no clue what is going on until the climax.

I now know where the Idea for Gajini came from. Its almost the same but the director adapted it to the Indian audience.


Very very nice movie.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Apple PowerBook G4 M847- power adapter repair

I have a gift of messing up everything I lay hands on and keeping up with that tradition I messed up the Power Adapter of the Powerbook that Wesley Horner gave me. It was burnt coz of my negligence and I had to search online a whole night to get the best deal and order it.

After I finally ordered it, I couldnt just keep quite and let the mail come. The guilt was eating me and I had to do something about it. So, I decided to repair it on my own. I thought to myself, there will be a couple of wires that are burnt and all I have to do is to break the adapter, take out the wires and join them again. Which is exactly what I did and it surprisingly paid off.

I wont be needing the new adapter after all. Lesson learnt : Never under estimate your skills, try it yourself first before you go on shopping. Anyways, It felt good to repair stuff and get it right.

BTW, I even managed to partially fix the wireless adapter on the Powerbook. Its amazing what we can achieve once we apply our brains. :)

Cidade de Deus - City Of God (2002)

IMDB Profile :

Cidade de Deus is a portugese story of a small town gangster wars. It deals with so many lives involved in this war. Its a true story of a photographer who saw the whole struggle and even lost his brother in the war.

I saw this movie with subtitles and still it was very very gripping. I wish I knew the language to understand it better but then again pictures speak more than words. The screenplay was brilliant and so is the cast. The guy who played the Bunny is awesome.

All in all - its a movie you wanna watch if you are interested in the psychology of humans and why they do what they do.


I have to watch the next sequel of the movie called "City Of Men". I have downloaded it already before even knowing of this movie.

American History X (1998)

I just saw an incredible movie of Edward Norton " American History X", its awesome. Its one of the masterpieces of him. He is just absolutely brilliant. I dont know how he gets these kinds of scripts but he just amazes me with all the great movies he did.

Its a movie about racism and its consequences. Derek Vinyard is a White guy who believes that all the other races are just worthless and are freeloaders. He kills two black guys who are trying to get back at him for some basketball match fight. He spends 3 years in prison and learns that Racism hasnt made his life any better. He was helped by a black guy in the prison and that changes his whole perspective. His own white people screw him in the shower and he learns his lesson. But the problem here is his brother is another Derek in the making and the movie goes on to show how he has trouble making his brother realize the right way and how he faces the consequences.
Its a very moving picture of human emotions and the life in America. Its a movie to watch for any human. The message it delivers is so strong that it ought to be taught at schools anywhere on the planet. Kudos to
Director: Tony Kaye
Writer (WGA): David McKenna (written by)

Totally awesome 9.5/10

The funniest joke ever

My ex-colleague Sudarshan Vig forwarded me a really funny joke today and I was rolling on the floor laughing after I read it... pass on the laughter!

SUSPECT ULTIMATE:::Chicken story (mind blowing climax)

A farmer rears twenty-five young hens and one old cock. As he feels that the old cock could no longer handle his job efficiently, the farmer bought one young cock from the market.

Old cock to Young cock :
"Welcome to join me, we will work together towards productivity.

Young cock :
What you mean? As far as I know, you are old and should be retired.

Old cock :
Young boy, there are twenty-five hens here, can't I help you with some?

Young cock :
No! Not even one, all of them will be mine.

Old cock :
In this case, I shall challenge you to a competition and if I win you shall allow me to have one hen and if I lose you will have all.

Young cock :

O.K. What kind of competition?

Old cock:
50 meter run. From here to that tree. But due to my age, I hope you allow me to start off the first 10 meters.

Young cock :
No problem ! We will compete tomorrow morning.

Confidently, the following morning, the Young cock allows the Old cock to start off and when the Old cock crosses the 10 meters mark the Young cock chases him with all his might.

Soon enough, he was behind the Old cock back in a matter of seconds.

Suddenly, Bang! ...... before he could overtake the old cock, he was shot dead by the farmer, who cursed, "Hell ! This is the fifth GAY chicken I've bought this week !"

Monday, June 23, 2008

Billa (2007) tamil movie starring Nayantara & Ajit

I saw Billa (2007) starring Ajit, Nayanatara & Namitha a few days ago. Its a really high quality film with a great cinematography. Most of it is copied from the DON (2007) starring Shah Rukh Khan but still copying isnt that easy. They spent a fortune on this movie with all the shooting in Malaysia. Its a treat to the eyes all through and the producers didnt compromise on a single thing. I have always envied the tamil film industry for the great movies that they come out with once in a while. Kaadal Kondain ("Nenu" by allari nagesh in telugu), pitamagan ( suryaputrudu in telugu )... all these movies were just awesome. I wonder when the telugu industry is going to take up the challenge and make such great movies with the High Quality. We are very good at love, factionism and family stuff but sometimes it gets too boring. We have some great entertainers like Allari Naresh with movies that tickle your funny bone every season but then they are just good for the minute and not like Rajendra prasads masterpieces.

Anyways, coming back to Billa.. Ajit looked stunning in those costumes. Nayanatara stole my heart with the tough girl looks that she easily pulled off. This Keralite is the hottest property in the south right now and has no stopping. She can fit into any outfit and manage to look stunning in that. I am finding myself drooling over her from time to time. She looks exactly like Eva Mendes from the movie Hitch where she plays a FBI agent obsessed with work. I love Eva and now Nayantara.

Trivia : Nayantara's real name is Diana Mariam Kurien.
Billa was originally donned by Rajnikath in 1980.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Nagarjuna's Ride

I came to know recently that Nagarjuna Akkineni drives around in this baby.... If romours were to be believed, this is the most expensive car owned by any Indian Actor (as of July 2007).

Take a look at the BMW M6
Priced at

100,300 U.S. dollars = 4.29881708 million Indian rupees

Now thats a stylish guy - Isnt he?

If Chiru becomes the CM of Andhra

Chiru is always said to be a patient of nepotism and if this is true and if he becomes the next CM of Andhra Pradesh ...

Are we looking at a cabinet like this ?

NOTE : For all the die hard Chiru fans, I am a fan myself but sometimes we can Just have some fun and not be a totally obsessed maniac. Take it easy - will you?

Now, thats a honest Butch

I always liked this bimbo for her honest thirst and desire to be in the news like Paris Hilton of the west. She has a great body and wouldnt mind showing it off. Sometimes when bimbos like this opens mouth its a controversy in the making. And now keeping up with the legacy this whatever chopra makes another scandal. This time at an Interview with Maxim. She totally craves attention and this is how she gets it.

But I really appreciate her for her honesty. She doesnt deny the allegations and pretend to be a sati saavithri like Rakhi Sawanth. She just talks more mature and gets naughty...

Read more here :

Some thoughts on Chiru

I personally believe, Its good to have an allround view of something before you trust it. And this shouldnt be something to hold against someone. I think everyone should be given a fair chance.

We all know how great chiru is as an actor, social activist and a person. But sometimes we miss to read between the lines and here are some insights... I cannot say all that is true but its quite possible... But then again there are ppl who make a career out of this. Read on!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Happy Birthday DAD

Today is my dads 54th birthday. I am not there with him to celebrate but I am sure he will have a great day. Happy Birthday Dad!


Good news, I got my Social Security Number today finally. Its a fancy number - what are the odds! :)

I can start working anytime now. :)


Today I saw the movie "21". It was good, very gripping but not really a great movie to treasure. Its about the game black jack and how some students beat the casinos to win big bucks lead by their professor. Things go out of hand and the the fight begins .....
I would recommend it if you are interested in some geeky fun!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

హ్యాపీ డేస్

నేను నిన్న హ్యాపీ డేస్ మూవీ మళ్లీ చూసాను పెద్దగా తోచక. ఇండియా లో వున్నప్పుడు యువత మొత్తం కలిసి చూసాము అప్పుడు పెద్దగా ఏం అనిపించలేదు గాని ఇప్పుడు ఇక్కడ చూస్తె బాగా నచ్చింది.

శేఖర్ కమ్ముల మంచి డైరెక్టర్. బాగా టచ్ చేసాడు - టచ్ లో వుంటాను ఇంక అతని మూవీస్ కి. మొత్తం నా లైఫ్ మొత్తం రీల్ లా తిరిగింది కళ్ళ ముందు. ఆ ఫ్రెండ్స్, ఆ ఫన్, ఆ రోజులు, ఆ క్లాస్స్లు, ఆ రోడ్లు, ఆ గోల, ఆ లవ్ లు, ఆ అర్ధం కాని పులిహోర అంతా చాల చాల బాగా క్లియర్ గా కనిపించింది కళ్ళముందు. థాంక్స్ శేఖర్!

ఎందుకో తెలియదు కాని నాకు ఇలా అమెరికా లో డాలర్స్ కోసం పాకులాడటం కొంచం చిన్నపిల్లల్లా అనిపిస్తోంది - ఇండియా లో హ్యాపీ గా ఫ్రెండ్స్ తో ఎంజాయ్ చేసేవాడిని ఇక్కడ ఒక్కడినే ఇలా ....

ఐనా ఒక ౩-4 సంవత్సరాల్లో తిరిగి మళ్లీ వేల్లకపోతానా ? అప్పుడు చెయ్యొచ్చు ఎంజాయ్ అని నాకు నేనే సర్దిచెప్పుకుని పడుకున్నాను.

జావా ఒక అగాథం

నేను అమెరికా వచ్చినప్పటి నుంచి పెద్దగా ఆలోచించలేదు నేను ఏం చేద్దాం ఇక్కడ అని కాని ఏదో ఒక ధీమా వుండేది మనం హీరో అని. వచ్చి ఒక నెల రోజులు అయ్యింది కాని నేను పెద్దగా పీకింది ఏం లేదు రొజూ ఇంట్లో నిద్ర పోవటం తప్ప. ఒక రెండు రోజుల నుంచి ఏదో అసంతృప్తి నేను ఏం చేస్తున్నాను అని. ఇంక ఈ రోజు ఇలా ఐతే కష్టం అని కూర్చుని జావా పుస్తకం పట్టుకున్నాను నిద్ర రాక. వామ్మో జావా ఏదో అనుకున్నా గాని చాలా పెద్ద అగాథం. రెండు chapters చదివాను అప్పుడు అనిపించింది మనకి J2EE అంతగా రాదేమో అని. ఇంకో ఒక chapter చదివాను అస్సలు రాదు అని confirm అయ్యింది.

ఇలానే వుంటే కష్టం సో నేను ఈ రోజు ఫిక్స్ అయ్యింది ఏంటి అంటే - ఒక నెల రోజులు కాస్త కష్ట పడి ఆ J2EE ఏదో కరెక్ట్ గా నేర్చుకుంటే ఇంక మనం ఇక్కడ కుమ్మేయ్యోచ్చు అని. చూద్దాం మరి అది ఎలా జరుగుతుందో...

గుడ్ లక్ రా జాన్ గా

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Photos on Flickr

I bought a flickr pro account last month and am making full use of it. Its been a month since I came to USA and I have already been to San Francisco (most of it), Washinton D.C. (only ariport), New Jersey, New York (from the other side of hudson river) and Baltimore.

Its been a joy ride and I have  lots and lots of memories. Wesley Horner and Gordon Anderson were kind enough to host me in SFO for Jason Muldoon's wedding. Iam glad that I got to spend a wonderful week in San Francisco. During that week, I have toured around Bay Area, seen the Submarine from World War 2, seen a underwater aquarium, went around walking the beaches and harbours, walked in a 12K run (Bay to the Breakers) and attended an American wedding. Quite a packed vacation.

Here are the pix - I tried to capture most of the week but still camera cant beat the eye.

Awesome blog post

Shyam mailed me to read this post whenever I am free and I never laughed so much in my life, this is one of the best blog posts ever in telugu. Its really really funny.
You will need telugu font to read this post. Trust me its worth it. 

I was really amazed to see so much talent never being discovered. 

"Devudu okkokkari ki okko talent istaadu - naaku 23 ichchaadu"
- quote from this post.
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