Java IoT Authors: Roger Strukhoff, Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White

Related Topics: Java IoT

Java IoT: Article

Java Viewpoint: "I'm Starting to Like Java Studio Creator..."

Studio Creator focuses on development tasks

I am really coming around to Java Studio Creator. I spoke with Jim Inscore from Sun today about it, after detailing my initial impressions on it, and we spent some time discussing the product, its positioning, and its future role.

For one thing, he never called it "Rave," that I remember. I like the name "Rave;" it's distinctive, it has a certain panache. That said, it's only a code name for Sun, and lacks Sun's typical vanilla naming, so we have "Creator," instead.

We talked about where Studio Creator fits in the developer landscape. Sun places Studio Creator squarely in the corporate developer's arena. To understand this, he said that one of the most common development tasks in Java yielded a small, one-off, pragmatic web application - not an n-tiered, scalable monster enterprise application. Developers who create things like this don't spend a lot of time mastering Struts, or EJB, or much of the other J2EE APIs. They're looking at pragmatism in programming, more than structural elegance - just "get it done," rather than "do it correctly." They're the rank and file. (If you're one of these people, don't take it as an insult - you're where the tire hits the road for Java.) The API isn't important, here: the task is. Using available resources is more important than making resources available.

Contrast that group with the more technical set - the technologists and the architects. Both of these groups tend to focus on the APIs, where doing it correctly is more important than timeliness. These people will be more of the ISO crowd, the elitists and eggheads. These groups would rather write a framework, or use an acronym API, than just talk to a database and render via JSP. While these groups will (usually) yield a more scalable application, it typically takes much longer simply because they spend more time on infrastructure than application.

The latter groups want an IDE like JBuilder, Eclipse, IDEA, or NetBeans; something that helps them write code. The corporate developers tend not to care about code; they want something that helps them write applications. If they can get away with writing absolutely no code, that's fine. (Yes, I know, I'm generalizing. Many corporate developers enjoy writing code, and some technologists would rather stay away from it.)

Studio Creator is aimed squarely at the corporate developer, meaning that it's got the primary goal of enabling component reuse, whether it's a JSF component or a web service. Pre-packaged elements are king, here; think about the impact component development had for Visual Basic. This is something Java has been looking for for a long time, and I think it's finally coming around, with a product geared for component inclusion (JSF), and an IDE designed from the ground up to use component-based development.

JSF is still in its infancy, to be sure. I've not been circumspect with my own doubts about the technology, which I feel would be far too easy to abuse. However, most infants grow over time, hopefully into functioning adults; JSF's lifecycle surely has the same potential. As a new technology, its pitfalls are still being discovered and it's certainly improving.

Studio Creator actually helps that along, by encouraging usage of JSF in ways that don't expose its weaknesses. Because it still gives developers the ability to see raw code, it also allows coders to use every feature JSF provides, which will help JSF itself improve.

Creator, too, is still new. I found a lot of small things that didn't seem intuitive: absolute positioning on the pages, package structures seem underexposed, and the snippets feature looked like a bit of an afterthought. More critically, Studio Creator feels limiting. I'm personally comfortable with leveraging the J2EE stack, and Studio Creator, with its drag-and-drop approach, seems to discourage me from really working with projects in the ways I'm familiar with.

That's all right. Mr. Inscore pointed out that Studio Creator is only in pre-release, and he detailed some features that they wanted in future releases, such as being able to create rich desktop applications and mobile applications, leveraging EJB components, publication of web services (as opposed to simply using existing services) and others. As far as my personal preferences working with Studio Creator is concerned, there are a few reasons that my response is appropriate as well. I tend to fall outside the target market for Studio Creator, and even so, I find that I might end up relying on it for more pragmatic projects - because, psychologically speaking, having choices tends to be empowering, but having an incredible array of choices is actually a source of frustration. (See The Tyranny of Choice, by Barry Schwartz, published in Scientific American, April 2004 issue.) From that vantage, Studio Creator - by providing a straight line implementation choice instead of leaving the developer to decide whether to use Velocity, FreeMarker, JSP, or Cocoon... with Struts, Tapestry, WebWork, or raw servlets... with EJB, JDO, Hibernate... and let's not forget the array of testing possibilities.

Altogether, Studio Creator is workable. It's not good yet, but its prerelease status makes that acceptable. Furthermore, Sun is expecting it to help supercharge the reusable component market that the Java community hasn't quite leveraged yet, if only by focusing attention on the components instead of the tools that use them. It's a very focused product, and in my opinion, it's focused well. I'm looking forward to final releases, as well as the competition other vendors offer it.

More Stories By Joseph Ottinger

I am a software evangelist for GigaSpaces technologies, as well as a writer and musician. I've been the editor-in-chief of Java Developer's Journal and TheServerSide.

GigaSpaces Technologies is a leading provider of a new generation of application platforms for Java and .Net environments that offer an alternative to traditional application-servers. The company's eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) is a high-end application server, designed to meet the most demanding business requirements in a cost-effective manner. It is the only product that provides a complete middleware solution on a single, scalable platform. XAP is trusted by Fortune 100 companies, which leverage it as a strategic solution that enhances efficiency and agility across the IT organization.

Comments (4) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

Most Recent Comments
Bob Campbell 04/26/04 09:38:47 AM EDT

All I can say is about time. I''m one of those corporate developers who''s been lost far too much sleep over frameworks, methodolgies, lanaguages, open source, close source and the like. I don''t have time to learn Struts, I don''t care what an EJB is, I don''t want another application server and I definitely don''t need more choice. If what you say is true, I will bow to the Sun God and open my wallet.

Darryl Thompson 04/24/04 11:59:03 PM EDT

I was really excited about project Rave, and when I got my beta copy of Creator I was excited until I discovered I could not import and extend my existing JSF apps (hand-rolled using Beta 1.0 and later migrated to 1.0 FCS). The reason why is because Creator uses XHTML and CSS-P to provide the visual drag/drop and placement functionality. I like the drag and drop concept but not at the expense of lost backward compatibility. It seems that I cannot use regular JSP web apps or even JSF apps if they use html table placement for layout management. But all is not lost; Exadel JSF Studio provides what to me is the best of both worlds. JSF STudio provides JSF drag/drop design (at the code level) and its backwards-compatible with JSF apps written by hand using HTML table layout, and what''s more it seamlessly plugs into the Eclipse IDE. What''s more its provides the same code-level drag/drop functinality for JSTL and any Custom JSP Taglibs rolled by the IDE user. So, for now I am passing on Creator and going with JSF Studio, but I will keep an eye on Creator and see how it looks after maturing in a year or two.

Joseph Ottinger 04/24/04 10:29:09 AM EDT

Mr. Pardi, they sure did! While they don''t have the full process in place, one of their prime goals with Studio Creator is the fostering and support of a component marketplace. If you''d send me your email address (to [email protected]), I can forward that and your company''s website - which looks interesting, by the way - to Mr. Inscore, and I''m sure he''d route it to the appropriate parties inside Sun.

Joe Pardi 04/23/04 11:41:41 PM EDT

Mr. Ottinger, did Sun talk about or recommend how third party vendors such as my company could integrate our products into Creator? Not the mechanics, per se, but the process. Will they offer some sort of support program for easening this process, or just consider us "on our own" and try and figure it out.

Joe Pardi
dotJ Software

@ThingsExpo Stories
Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018. Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DX Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive ov...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICOHOLDER named "Media Sponsor" of Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO. ICOHOLDER give you detailed information and help the community to invest in the trusty projects. Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO has opened its Call for Papers. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO also offers s...
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
As IoT continues to increase momentum, so does the associated risk. Secure Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) is ranked as one of the most important technology areas of IoT. Driving this trend is the realization that secure support for IoT devices provides companies the ability to deliver high-quality, reliable, secure offerings faster, create new revenue streams, and reduce support costs, all while building a competitive advantage in their markets. In this session, we will use customer use cases...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of bus...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
The IoT Will Grow: In what might be the most obvious prediction of the decade, the IoT will continue to expand next year, with more and more devices coming online every single day. What isn’t so obvious about this prediction: where that growth will occur. The retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain industries will likely see the greatest growth. Forrester Research has predicted the IoT will become “the backbone” of customer value as it continues to grow. It is no surprise that retail is ...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that "Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO" has announced that its Call for Papers is now open. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Financial enterprises in New York City, London, Singapore, and other world financial capitals are embracing a new generation of smart, automated FinTech that eliminates many cumbersome, slow, and expe...