In the first couple installments of this column, I alluded to revisiting an object pooling discussion I started back in June 1998. I was going to explain how to build a better pooling mechanism by using a combination of certain tools more recently discussed here. However, plans have changed. Other pooling discussions have surfaced (see the Resources section below) and, with Java 2’s rising popularity, my design is no longer avant-garde. Thus, I won’t revisit this issue; instead, I’ll discuss how you can log on to IRC in order to monitor your application’s debugging output.