Fore ... and it's into the trees. Sun boss Scott McNealy tees off with a 'Java-enabled' golf club during his keynote at last week's JavaOne 2000 beano in San Francisco. At least his drive was smoother than the timing of the back-slap fest, which competed for headline space with Judge Jackson's Microsoft split ruling, and came off a poor second. A stroke of irony with a five iron, one might say.
At least McNealy's promises that its new Web Start software for the deployment of Java apps on a client will "hit the ground running" were well received, until the inadvertent Payne Stewart link sunk in.
McNealy's other big theme was about taking Java's "steaming coffee" logo out of the geeky world of the software developer and into the public consciousness. He might just find that Joe Sixpack has a bit more on his mind this week. The US Open, for one.
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