Archive for December, 2013

Amazon Prime – Totally Worth It

Posted in Personal with tags , on December 27, 2013 by jstevenperry

I joined Amazon Prime a year or so ago. Not only do I get free 2 day shipping on all my orders, they have fantastic customer service! So, I ordered some stuff that was supposed to show up a week before Christmas. Well, it never showed up. So I waited an extra week, just to be safe. At this point, I figured the package just got lost. So I started a live chat with an Amazon.com rep and in minutes I was told I will have a credit card refund. If I end up getting the items from UPS (I’ll be over here holding my breath), all I have to do is contact Amazon.com for a shipping label and I can ship them back at no charge.

That’s pretty awesome. I don’t know whether or not my outstanding customer service experience today is because I’m a Prime member, but I’d like to think it is. If not, then all the more reason to shop with Amazon.com.

Hallelujah!

Posted in Java, Open Source, Software Development on December 27, 2013 by jstevenperry

Hallelujah!

Anyone who uses the JDK Date/Time API knows it, well, sucks. Badly.

Joda-Time was created to remedy the numerous shortcomings in the JDK’s stock Date/Time API. And it pretty much ruled for a very long time. Include it in my Maven POM and, boom!, just like that, I had a very good Date/Time API.

I wrote an article for IBM DeveloperWorks about Joda-Time in an attempt to share this news with those who didn’t know they had to suffer in silence.

So imagine when I read this article at JavaWorld about JSR-310. Basically Joda-Time’s (very few) design flaws will be fixed and the spirit of Joda-Time will be included in the JDK as part of Java 8 (at least, that is the plan). I’m sure that is not a completely accurate characterization of the situation, but basically the new JDK Date/Time API will be very familiar to anyone who has used Joda-Time.

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My Resume

Posted in About Me, Personal on December 11, 2013 by jstevenperry

My Resume

As a consultant, I’m always looking for my next job (kind of like being a politician, only I’m honest and deliver something of real value). If you want to see what I’ve done, what I’ve written, where I went to college, click on the link above. Or the one below:

http://careers.stackoverflow.com/jstevenperry

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