Mike Slinn
Mike Slinn

My Writings

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I started publishing articles in technical journals in 1984, and I sold about five dozen articles to magazine editors until I stopped in 2010. In addition, I have published along the following topics:


Back to Basics: A Startup Looks at Itself

Startups have to keep an open mind as they evolve. In this 1999 article I discussed the early market for application service providers (ASPs). ASP customers purchased software and then paid the ASP to host it. While that market no longer exists, the information in the article is timeless. Back to Basics: A Startup Looks at Itself.

Corporate structure for technology companies
I wrote this article in 1999 because the founders of several companies that I helped get started didn’t know much about corporate structure for technology companies.


Enterprise Java logo
In this 1999 article I pondered the future of Sun’s Enterprise Java. Oracle later bought Sun Microsystems.

Borland .NET Corner
I wrote this short promotional article while a Product Marketing Manager at Borland in 2005.

Monopoly game
One day I found myself explaining what marketing is to the founder of a company. He knew how to build electronics, and had a small sales volume, but didn't understand what marketing was. Monopoly: a Metaphor for Industry-Specific Marketing.

Top 10 Issues For Developer Relations Managers
This article targets Developer Relations departments of software platform vendors.

Combining Technical Marketing Prognostication Curves

This article explores the overlaying of several marketing curves for fun and profit.

Overlay of 3 types of prognostication curves

Internationalization (i18n)

MultiLingual Computing Magazine

I've produced software products in English, French, German and Spanish that run under DOS, Windows, Macintosh and Unix. Here are some tips for internationalizing software products. I wrote the following 3 articles for MultiLingual Computing Magazine.


In the 1980s I was a fairly well-known media personality in the CAD world, and published extensively. Here are a few of my articles from that time.

Technical Reviews

I have been retained as a technical reviewer by O'Reilly and Wrox Press. Here are the books I reviewed for them.

Java Cookbook
Java RMI
Professional JMS
Professional J2ME
Professional XML
Professional Java XML
Professional J2EE Server Programming
Java Servlets
Professional EJB
Enterprise JavaBeans


The author, Mike Slinn

Most of my articles are technical. “A Sobering Experience” is a humorous article for a change of pace.