Why some of the Java EE / J2EE projects are inefficient ...or at least suboptimal

  1. Architects are more skilled in PowerPoint, than popular Java IDEs (OpenOffice ist still rare in real world :-))
  2. It takes several DVDs, sometimes hours, even to install the basic infrastructure (like appserver and database)
  3. Some popular servers take several minutes to start and deploy - you have to repeat this procedure several times a day
  4. It takes longer to open a case (and reproduce a problem) for a bug of the appserver, than fix it by yourself (of course if you had the source :-))
  5. It is hard to find developer hardware, where the "enterprise" development tools run efficienlty - ...and because they were expensive, it is hard to get rid of them...
  6. The architects love layers and tiers - several mapping procedures are needed just to pass a persistent entity from the persistent layer to the presentation
  7. Everything is configurable, replaceable and mockable. The XML overhead is huge. The question is: When did you really needed to replace something in your passed projects?
  8. Either it is waterfallish, or agile with all buzzwords and strange rituals. Both sides could be extremely inefficent. It seems like sometimes it is hard to be just rationale...
  9. Developers are sometimes too extreme: either everything is overengineered with millions of patterns or best practices, or hacked down in "go to spaghetti" fashion
  10. "The thrill is gone..." many developers, architects and managers just lost they enthusiasm and passion. This is one of the main reasons, why many projects are just so inefficient...
  11. HA, Clustering, etc. is used even for "guestbook-like" applications. Complexity rules!
  12. Strange QA rules (like documenting obvious getters/setters) drive the development and maintenance costs

Just my observation hacked down in 2 minutes in Starbuck/Munich :-) What's your favorite? Do I missed something?


13. Architects and Developers love frameworks. Even the simplest CRUD application will require internet://**/*.jar instead of using Java SE and or Appserver provided API-s.

Posted by Laszlo Kishalmi on March 26, 2008 at 03:36 PM CET #

Laszlo - exactly - I just forgot it,



Posted by Adam Bien on March 26, 2008 at 07:54 PM CET #

As Chales Mingus said:
"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.”

It's just a lack of creativity.

Posted by Diego on March 27, 2008 at 01:05 AM CET #

nice post - I would choose number 6...as my fav!

Posted by Apostolopoulos Paris on March 27, 2008 at 10:52 AM CET #

I'll pick number 7 as my favourite. I even wrote a long long rant about this new interface-itis mock-everything nonsense


Posted by Alexander on March 27, 2008 at 03:30 PM CET #

Number 8 as my favorite: "...or agile with all buzzwords and strange rituals."

LOL - it's true ! That part really made my day :-)

Posted by Michael on March 27, 2008 at 06:34 PM CET #

When CTOs start coding and think they have written the best piece of code, which in the end is just a re-invention of a wheel with lots of premature optimizations.

Posted by Faisal Feroz on March 27, 2008 at 06:47 PM CET #

People are married to the code they have written and never want it to be replaced by a better/effectient one.

Posted by Faisal Feroz on March 27, 2008 at 06:48 PM CET #

I totally agree with number 1 :D.

Posted by Hazem Ahmed Saleh on March 28, 2008 at 06:51 AM CET #

... and dammit Mr CEO, programming in Powerpoint is NOT programming!

Posted by Jim Karabatsos on March 28, 2008 at 08:24 AM CET #

Nice list adam

2. use a wiki, maven and stuff like this to reduce the setup-phase as much as possible - enough good tools exist but few use them :)

3. use jetty + eclipse + maven

14. "politically decision's" ;)

Posted by Andreas on March 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM CET #

Good humorous article Adam Bien.

Posted by prashant on April 04, 2008 at 01:10 PM CEST #

LOOOOOOOOOL.. Loved the post completely!
I loved 6 also I loved the one added by Laszlo they are too real

Posted by Eman Ali on June 17, 2008 at 11:04 AM CEST #

I have read a number of posts of yours, but this is the one that I like the most. So expecting some more ideas from your side. Thanks !

Posted by Canada Goose on September 08, 2010 at 06:52 AM CEST #

Wow, this is so like reality. People want a solution that skirts this space. Mental buffers man, and by buffers I mean cushions.

Posted by Grok on May 27, 2012 at 08:49 AM CEST #

13. Anything WebSphere

Posted by KC on May 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM CEST #

13. Ancient evil: Hideous Legacy System lurking beneath corrupted layers of code, immortal, watching, waiting for your mistake. In madness you dwell!

Posted by PK on May 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM CEST #

Nice post. Love to read this. Point 7 is one i agree most.

Posted by Aly on November 21, 2013 at 03:07 AM CET #

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