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As I'm pathologically fond of pointing out - I'm a child of a bygone era. Oh, I'm not old enough to remember the time before Sputnik, light bulbs, or the coagulation of the planets from protostellar dust clouds, but I surely do remember GI Joe at 45 caliber, Ray Stevens at 45 RPM, and factory-rolled cigarettes at 45¢ a pack sold to anxious minors desperate to rebel (just like everyone else). It seems ironic to me that this column - gilding the edge of JDJ's ultramodern fabric - deals mostly with dusty memories of my vanished youth. On the other hand, I've heard that I should "write about what I know," so my options are extremely limited. Extremely. I mean, how many cab-driving stories can a person take? (Many would say that one is already too many.) I suppose I could repeatedly spew the first 50 digits of pi - which I happened to memorize as a teenaged proto-geek - ... (more)

Building Applications with Berkeley DB Java Edition

Berkeley DB is a database with a long history. First released in 1991 as a replacement for various dbm implementations, it was soon included in BSD Unix releases. Requests for new features and commercial support led to the formation of Sleepycat Software in 1996. Using a dual license model, Berkeley DB became very popular for both open source and commercial applications. Recently, Sleepycat announced Berkeley DB Java Edition (JE), a 100% Java implementation that runs on any J2SE 1.4.2 or later JVM. This article introduces JE's features and classes and uses a sample electronic voting application to illustrate its use. Berkeley DB and JE The original Berkeley DB is used in a wide variety of open source and commercial applications in telecom, Internet infrastructure, storage, security, financial services, and other industries. Sleepycat estimates that there are over 20... (more)

[Update 2] WikiLeaks & Web 3.0 - A Commentary

[Further updated to include advance word of Jay Rosen/Dave Winer "Rebooting the Media" podcast - #75 coming Monday Dec 6] [Updated to include PayPal announcement of the closure of WikiLeaks' PayPal account.] Is Web 3.0 maybe going to be less the utopia we've been envisaging and more like the real, physical world, with all the real-world limitations that follow along with it...? The latest WikiLeaks ("Cablegate") affair, coming as it does at the very end of the first decade of the 21st Century, comes at an appropriate moment. An undoubted political and diplomatic hornet's nest, the swirling discussions surrounding the organization's drip-drip release of (so far) 612 of the quarter of a million or so diplomatic cables in its possession are all grist to the mill of an "awakening" that in my view is likely going to mark the difference between the Web of 2000-1010 and that... (more)

Day 1 Keynote at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley | Open Cloud – Place Your Bets!

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! Both OpenStack.org and the OpenStack ecosystem intend to go into orbit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley today, November 5th. Jonathan Bryce, the Executive Director of the newly-formed OpenStack Foundation, and who has spent his entire career building the cloud, is to give the opening November 5 keynote today at 11th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, November 5-8, 2012. With this important Keynote – combined with its Diamond Sponsorship of the entire event – the OpenStack Foundation is pinpointing Cloud Expo as being THE conference so far as the intersection of Enterprise IT and Cloud Computing is concerned. The OpenStack Foundation promotes the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack cloud operating system. As the independent home for Open... (more)

Gen-it for Java 1.1 by Codagen

Test Environment Client/Server: Client: Dell Precision 410, 128MB RAM, 18GB disk drive, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP 5 Codagen Technologies Corporation 2075 University St., Suite 1020 Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 2L1 Phone: 514 288-4802 Fax: 514 288-2446 www.codagen.com Pricing: Gen-it for Java $4,900/ Developer Batch-it for Java $295/ Developer In last month's issue of JDJ (Vol. 5 issue 6) I talked about the concept of using frameworks to automate the development of J2EE applications. Armed with this concept I took a look at Codagen Technologies' Gen-it for Java 1.1. Codagen's product is designed around the basic premise that much of the lower-level structural code within an application is highly repetitive. Routine tasks such as persisting objects into the database, managing locks and performing integrity checks can be easily generated from a template rather than buil... (more)

Sun Java System Identity Server Delivers Support for Liberty Alliance Phase 2 Specification

Sun Microsystems' Java System Identity Server has become the industry's first commercial product from a software platform vendor to support the Liberty Alliance Phase 2 specifications. This support expands the broad functionality of the Sun Java System Identity Server, a key component of the Java Enterprise System, further enabling the deployment and adoption of secure and federated identity-based Web services to fixed and mobile users' devices. "Open standards are fundamental to the development of secure, federated identity solutions and Web services. Expanding on our support for the Liberty Alliance specifications will help our customers deliver mobility with security - the right services to the right people at the right time on any device," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software for Sun. "Identity is a critical component for secure delivery an... (more)

"Let's Bundle Free Java with Linux," Says IBM's Sutor

"If you could get every Linux distribution with an official, certified Java implementation where you could count on what it did, what its characteristics were, that would be a very powerful thing," said IBM's Bob Sutor last week, as a follow-up to Sun's dismissal - as "bonky" - of his suggestion that IBM and Sun should team up on open-sourcing Java. When asked who would provide such a Linux-Java distribution, Sutor replied that this was precisely one of the things IBM wants to talk to Sun about. Sutor disagrees with Sun's Jonathan Schwartz that Java would fork just as Linux has done, if open-sourced. He thinks that the "forking" argument is, as he puts it, "overstated." He even threw Schwartz's "bonky" characterization back in his face, saying that the market is capable of deciding for itself: "Yes, there are different Linux distributions, but there are main distribut... (more)

Java Trends - Exclusive Interview with Amy Fowler

Joe Ottinger had the opportunity to talk with Amy Fowler, a senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems and one of the founding members of the Java Swing GUI Toolkit, and discuss Swing, JSF, the JDNC, and some general trends in Java. JDJ: Can you tell us what your role is at Sun now? Amy Fowler: Officially, I'm the technical lead of the Java Desktop Network Component (JDNC) project, which aims to simplify Java desktop client development for Web-enabled applications. Unofficially, I'm a rich-client agitator. I've been at Sun forever and have been an engineer on the J2SE client team since the days we called it the "JDK" and there were a total of eight packages. Most of that time I've spent on the Swing team, with a year-long tour of duty in J2EE as the JSF spec lead, trying to define a component model in the otherwise amorphous Web tier. So I have history, perspective,... (more)

Who's Missing From SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?

Related Links: The i-Technology Right Stuff: Searching for the Twenty Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World No sooner had we begun our reader-driven quest for the top twenty software people in the world than we find, thanks to energetic and insightful reader input, that it would definitely be advantageous if we now extend the field from forty...to over a hundred. Here we bring you a sneak peek at the sixty that we'll be adding now to the poll, with thanks to everyone who has proferred additional suggestions. Even 100 won't do this subject justice, for sure, but it will be interesting to see how the i-Technology community decides to rank them, when voting on this expanded group begins in February. The 60 Additions Gene Amdahl: Implementer in the 60s of a milestone in computer techno... (more)

McNealy's Xmas "Dream" Makes Fun of Intel, HP, and Red Hat

"I had the weirdest dream last night," wrote Scott McNealy in a seasonally satirical piece which has been doing the rounds of the Internet since it was published on December 23. The "dream" featured a cast of the i-Technology's world's great and good, including Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Carly Fiorina, Intel's Paul Otellini, IBM's Sam Palmisano, and Matthew Szulik of Red Hat. Appearing originally in one of the biggest computer/Internet/electronics news sites in the UK, "Scott McNealy's Xmas dream" was as remarkable for what it didn't include as for what it did. Because, true to their new alliance, McNealy really made very little fun of Microsoft - with just one fleeing barb about the security problems of Windows. (In the dream, "a young Bill Gates" climbs onto Santa's lap and asks for "a whole year's break from viruses and holes in Windows" to which St Nick predictab... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: "Pessimism Leads to Weakness, Optimism to Power"

As I write this editorial, I am waiting, like hundreds and thousands of people worldwide, to hear whether – and if so, how – Sun and Google are going to be teaming up to take on Microsoft in its holiest of holy markets, the desktop. Could such an alliance have been dreamed of just one year ago? The answer, of course, is "Yes!" Nothing has prevented Sergey Brin and Larry Page from nipping from Mountain View to San Jose long ago and dreaming up an imaginative combination of Google's brand recognition and Sun's desire to liberate desktop apps from the desktop and shift them to the network. However, there is something about the prevailing mood of Q4 of 2005, just begun, that seems to be supremely conducive to a new kind of corporate symbiosis in which companies don't merely just gobble each other up, Oracle-PeopleSoft style, but genuinely seek to create vari... (more)

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