O’Reilly: The Road to Isengard Combining the Power of Java and Linux

(O’Reilly author Robert Eckstein shows us how Linux and Java
together have put the fun back into programming.)

“Remember the fun of programming back in the dawn of

“Of course, those days are now gone. In the 1990s, the
technology industry had mutated into the cutthroat business world
of strong-arm tactics, preemptory product announcements, and
prohibitive cross-licensing. As predicted, the land of opportunity
had been swallowed up.

“Then, as if by magic, a distribution channel appeared unlike
anything in the corporate world: the Internet.

“The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its GNU tools were
suddenly everywhere… Suddenly Linux!”