The first week has been awesome! Abbie is the best baby. I have to admit that I don't know many newborns, but from what my friends/family has told me - the first few weeks home with the baby are hell. They said she would be crying all night, we'd have massive sleep deprivation and our lives would be changed for ever. They were right that our lives would be changed forever, but mostly because we're such proud parents and we love our daughter so much. She's been sleeping for 3 hours, waking up, feeding and then falling asleep again. The only time she gets crabby is when Julie goes to bed and it's my turn to take care of her. Then she tries to nurse on me, which doesn't work too well. Thank God for pacifiers - that saves me when I'm trying to convince Abber not to yell at me. I've been getting a full nights sleep every night, but that's because Julie is breastfeeding and gets up every 3 hours to nurse. Soon we'll be filling some extra bottles so I can join in the midnight/3am feedings - that should be fun. You might be seeing some late-night-posts then.
Grammy (Julie's mom) and Aunt Holly (Julie's sister) are in town this weekend, and have given us lots of love by stocking our fridge and changing Abbie's diaper. One of my best friends, Kevin Navarro, also came over last night and cooked us some of the best tostadas I've ever had!
Inaugural issue of an informal weekly news report devoted to all things Jabber.
Mesh on MX told us about DevMX this morning:
I haven't looked at it yet, but it does look interesting, so this post is my own personal bookmark.
Erik tipped us off about the J2EE 1.4 Beta and some good J2EE vs. Petstore articles. After logging into download the 1.4 Beta, I found the feature list and figured I'd let you know:
The platform features complete Web services support through the new
JAX-RPC 1.0 API, which supports service endpoints based on servlets
and enterprise beans. JAX-RPC 1.0 provides interoperability with Web
services based on the WSDL and SOAP protocols. The J2EE 1.4 platform
also supports the Web Services for J2EE specification (JSR 109), which
defines deployment requirements for Web services and utilizes the JAX-RPC
programming model. The J2EE 1.4 platform introduces the J2EE Management
1.0 API, which defines the information model for J2EE management, including
standard Management EJB (MEJB). The J2EE Management 1.0 API uses the
Java Management Extensions (JMX) and supports standard
management protocols, including SNMP, WBEM and CIM. The J2EE 1.4 platform
also introduces the J2EE Deployment 1.1 API, which standardizes the
deployment of J2EE applications.
The Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) includes enhancements to
the Java Servlet and JavaServer PagesTM
Servlets now support request listeners and enhanced filters. JSP
technology has simplified the page and extension development models with
the introduction of a simple expression language, tag files, and a
simpler tag extension API, among other features.
The J2EE Connector Architecture provides incoming resource adapter
and Java Message Service (JMS) pluggability. Enhancements to
(EJBTM) technology include Web service
endpoints, a timer service, and enhancements to EJB QL and message
driven beans. The J2EE 1.4 platform also includes enhancements to
deployment descriptors, which are now defined using XML Schema.
Recent report on J2EE vs .NET Relies on "Highly Flawed Methodology" says BEA.
Benchmark Bust-Up: The Middleware Company Responds.
It looks like Rickard might be published in the next issue of JDJ.
"To Do" this weekend:
Download and see if iBlog works with Roller. Recommendation via Russell and Dave Winer. Hmmm, after looking at Dave's iBlog sites, it appears to be software to run a blog, not post to one. My I-don't-need-this filter has kicked into effect.
Download and install JDK 1.4.1 Developer Preview 5 for Mac OS X. Tip o' the hat to Erik. A needed update considering the last 1.4.1 release didn't even run Tomcat for me.