Duane Morin

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My laptop goes where I go. Some people like to read; I like to hack code. Just ask my wife - I took the laptop on vacation to the Cayman Islands. The problem I'm having is that I can never predict the state of my online connection. At home I'm wireless; at work, wired. In between, such as my 90-minute daily train commute, I'm neither. Don't get me started on the lousy connectivity from the beach. That downtime is a serious productivity killer, since all my Web-enabled code becomes unstable. There are many layers to a J2EE application these days and I don't control all of them, so I have no guarantee that my app will behave properly if a connection fails. Worst case scenarios - I might time out, hang, or crash altogether. The thing is I can predict my downtimes. If I take my network card out, it's a safe bet I don't have a connection. Instead of tackling the rather la... (more)