User authentication and access control are important security measures for most Java applications, especially J2EE applications. The Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS), the core API of J2SE 1.4 and 1.5, represents the new security standard. It provides a pluggable...
Sep. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 35,850 Replies: 7
The Java platform was designed to be robust, secure, and extensible in order to support the mobility of code and data. The Java ClassLoader in the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is a key component in the realization of these goals.
Aug. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 51,468 Replies: 2
When choosing among the different types of authentication mechanisms offered by J2EE Web containers, form-based authentication is almost always selected ahead of its alternatives: HTTP basic authentication and HTTPS client authentication.
Aug. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 32,496 Replies: 1
Welcome to the August edition of the JCP column! This month I'll cover a few J2ME-related JSRs and two new JSRs in the J2SE/J2EE environment, but first out of the block is the program office's own JSR, number 215.
Aug. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 20,246 Replies: 1
JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology originated more than four years ago as a powerful way to dynamically generate HTML on the server side. Over time, and with the input of the developer community, JSP technology has evolved and matured, keeping simplicity at the forefront.
Jul. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 27,965 Replies: 6
Welcome to the July edition of JSR Watch! Each month this column provides information about the JCP program: newly submitted JSRs, new draft specs, Java APIs that were finalized, and other news from the JCP program. This month's column discusses a set of new J2EE technology JSRs, and a...
Jul. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 19,620
Java serialization was initially used to support remote method invocation (RMI), allowing argument objects to be passed between two virtual machines. RMI works best when the two VMs contain compatible versions of the class being transmitted, and can reliably transmit a binary represent...
Jun. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 133,269 Replies: 1
During the past 18 months, a rapidly growing number of organizations have been taking advantage of the emerging JCache standard for distributed caching to help scale application performance while at the same time reducing infrastructure costs.
Jun. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 24,032 Replies: 3
Welcome to the June edition of the JCP column! Each month I provide news and information about the Java Community Process: newly submitted JSRs, new draft specs, Java APIs that were finalized, and other updates from the JCP. June means it is JavaOne time, and hence this column will dis...
Jun. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 15,444
Custom tags in JavaServer Pages have come a long way since their inception. Now that Sun has provided some standards for these tags in the form of JSTL (and the up-and-coming JavaServer Faces), and has promised additional support for these standards in JSP 2.0, let's look at how we got...
Jun. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 18,640 Replies: 2
Developing interesting and effective Java Web applications requires simple, robust, and manageable frameworks and the tools that complement them. If you design and develop Java applications for a living, it could be quite a challenge to stay abreast of all the software developments and...
May. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 20,644
Design patterns are a familiar resource and using them is a routine matter. Here are other ways to make them work better, especially in large-scale applications. The Java Value Types (JVTs) design pattern targets the use of 'managed entities.'
May. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 23,419 Replies: 3
Welcome to this first installment of the JCP column! Here you can read about the Java Community Process program: newly submitted JSRs, new draft specs, Java APIs that were finalized, and other news from the JCP program. Like any self-respecting IT industry effort, the JCP program proud...
May. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 13,776
J2EE applications are characterized by the continuous creation, consumption, and destruction of various types of application objects. These objects may be product objects in e-commerce applications, session objects, or user profile objects, to name a few common examples.
Apr. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 20,551 Replies: 11
Sometimes, the easiest and most rewarding part of development is the actual coding. Managers and developers often dismiss the building, deploying, testing, and metrics-gathering aspects of the software life cycle.
Apr. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 19,779 Replies: 7
The Java Community Process, or JCP, was formed by Sun in 1998 in response to the community's wish to get involved with the future development of Java. Much has been written regarding JCP, and much confusion exists regarding the whole process and just exactly how much control and influe...
Apr. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 12,963
There are myriad approaches to architecting logon and user management in the J2EE environment. This article addresses some alternative J2EE architectures as well as the strategy used by each alternative and the code for implementing each solution. I'll focus on the end user not the ...
Mar. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 26,964 Replies: 8
Java servlet technology provides developers with functionality, scalability, and portability that can't be found in other server-side languages. One feature of the Java servlet specification that's commonly used, and sometimes misused, is the HttpSession interface. This simple interfac...
Jan. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 39,962
The Middleware Company (TMC) recently published a benchmark report that compares the Sun J2EE PetStore with a functionally equivalent version created using .NET technologies. The J2EE PetStore version was improved from the original code by TMC employees, while the .NET version was writ...
Dec. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 17,495 Replies: 3
In the early '90s, many companies invested in traditional client/server architectures by building fat-client applications with rich graphics that offloaded legacy-system processing time. GUI business applications presented lower runtime costs than the CICS applications they re...
Dec. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 16,290
Ant is very similar to the standard Unix tool 'make' that just about every experienced C programmer is familiar with. It does its work based on a build file, typically called build.xml, that tells Ant how and what to build.
Nov. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 21,241 Replies: 9
Recently, the first formal request for a new standard concerning the API between portals and portlets was submitted to the Java Community Process for review.
Oct. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 11,890 Replies: 1
One minute of system downtime can cost an organization anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 per minute. Using that metric, even 99.9 data availability can cost a company $5 million a year.
Oct. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 16,016 Replies: 1
With the rapid adoption of J2EE has come the realization that more than just J2EE expertise is needed to successfully develop enterprise applications.
Sep. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 15,645
This series of articles will walk you through the details and some of the decisions that must be made when implementing container-managed persistence in Enterprise JavaBeans.
Sep. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 15,714 Replies: 3
Session tracking is the process of maintaining information, or state, about Web site visitors as they move from page to page. It requires some work on the part of the Web developer since there's no built-in mechanism for it. The connection from a browser to a Web server occurs over the...
Sep. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 99,988 Replies: 1
In 1998 Sun introduced their distributed server-side component architecture under the name of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB). Since then, the EJB technology has seen a widespread acceptance throughout the industry. The 'write once, run anywhere' philosophy embraced by the EJB specification...
Jul. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 21,351 Replies: 3
When a client recently requested secure communication among multiple platform boxes distributed across three continents, I decided to leverage the 100% Java-based security available via Java Secure Socket Extension.
Jul. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 19,575 Replies: 5
During a lunch discussion with my fellow officers in the Tulsa Java User Group, we explored the issues. We also decided to see if we could get some vendors to come in and discuss the issues from both perspectives. This expanded into a formal debate, and thus the .NET vs J2EE Smackdown ...
Jul. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 14,485 Replies: 4
At the end of last year, I was given a rather unpleasant assignment. This company had several Java Remote Method Invocations (RMI) services that were interacting with the legacies of the organization and I needed to open up an XML interface for them.
Jun. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 21,573 Replies: 1
The Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), is the platform of choice for implementing scalable and reliable enterprise applications from reusable components. But Java developers building enterprise-class J2EE applications face a quandary.
May. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 27,955 Replies: 16
Releasing Java applications can be a real challenge. Fortunately, Java provides a rich set of features for packaging and deploying applications that can simplify the release process significantly.
May. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 27,324
Last month's article 'J2EE As the Platform for EAI' (JDJ, Vol. 7 issue 3) discussed the suitability of the J2EE platform for EAI (Enterprise Application Integration). This article addresses more advanced integration topics, particularly transaction and security, support for Web service...
Apr. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 14,391
Applications need to prevent improper access to data and ensure that data integrity can be maintained. To guard against such compromises, developers must first have an awareness of resource sensitivity. Proper safeguards need to be in place within the workplace and development process ...
Apr. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 18,080 Replies: 2
A major roadblock to using any of the server-side scripting architectures for developing commercial software is the fact that (traditionally) the source code must be delivered to customers when deploying applications. Java source code is compiled into an intermediate code called byteco...
Apr. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 18,853 Replies: 2
Q. What is EJB 2.0? A. EJB 2.0 is the latest release of the Enterprise JavaBean specification. The major releases of the EJB specification have been 1.0, 1,1, and 2.0. EJB 2.0 adds several crucial features to version 1.1, including message-driven beans, local int...
Mar. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 13,209
In addition, it was suggested that traditional Online Transaction Processing systems (OLTP) don’t suffer from such limitations, rendering them more suitable for the emerging e-commerce applications that may require such guarantees.
Mar. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 16,039
There's an old rule in software engineering: 'Building to scale requires prior intent.' Many applications delivered today fail to address scalability; they get deployed fast and sink faster as the load cripples them. The advent of J2EE 1.3 goes part way toward providing an environment...
Feb. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 14,525 Replies: 1
Jan. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 42,621 Replies: 2
For the past few years I've participated in several projects to update existing Java applications. While working on those projects I often wanted to be able to add new functionality to a class without recompiling it Some of the reasons for this were: I didn't have the right to access...
Jan. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 11,708