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The novel A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge is set in the distant future. The character Pham Nuwen is responsible for maintaining software whose components are thousands of years old. Today, however, it's difficult to imagine maintaining an Enterprise Java application for more than...
Which platform to use Java or .NET? Developers ask this question all the time. Java has been widely adopted because of its overwhelming benefits on the server side, but Java has less to offer on the client side. .NET has made inroads into the enterprise by leveraging its stronger rich-...
'We've seen the Web moving from a publishing paradigm to an e-business paradigm to an AJAX paradigm.' That is the considered verdict of IBM Software Group's CTO of Emerging Internet Technologies, David Boloker. And he's right: AJAX is here, it's growing, and it's (potentially) the bigg...
Yakov shows that working with the streams over the Internet may be as simple as dealing with files on your local disk, in the sixth installment of Java Basics.
One day my son Dave (10) showed up in my office with my rated 'R' Java tutorial in his hands. He asked me to teach him programming so he could create computer games. By that time I've already written a couple of Java books and have taught multiple classes on programming, but all of th...
Yakov Fain's popular online tutorial series continues. This lesson he discusses the basics of threads, including how to create them, how to get them to step aside, and how to stop them.
Yakov Fain, in Lesson 9 of his immensely popular online 'Java Basics' series for JDJ Industry Newsletter, talks about using threads for creating more advanced programs than those already discussed in Lesson 8. He analyzes the role they play in major Internet portals like Yahoo, CNN, or...
The marketplace tells you that 'middleware is everywhere' when all along it should wise up and recognize that 'middleware is dead.' Because that's the new reality of enterprise computing today, according to Sun's software czar Jonathan Schwartz.
In this month's article I introduce TableLayout, a robust but easy-to-use LayoutManager for use in any Java Swing application. It's based very loosely on the HTML TABLE paradigm, where components are placed in table cells in row-major order. Vertical and horizontal alignment for the co...
The publicity that AJAX grabbed over the last half a year is based on closing the gap between the Web applications and the desktop applications, combining the 'reach' and 'rich.' At the same time, the gap between the technological level of AJAX and what corporate developers expect in t...
Developers using Java on clients or in small projects may not believe that there is a fundamental problem with Java's robustness. People working with huge applications and application servers written in Java know about the problem but may doubt that it's possible to build something lik...
When speaking of Web application development today, it's difficult to ignore the overwhelming influence of the Portlet Specification (JSR-168). Even before the specification was formally finalized by the expert group, the Java world saw older CMS application implementing it and new por...
In the past few years there has been a proliferation of frameworks that allow for lighter, faster, and loosely coupled Java projects. These frameworks not only let you decouple your Java project from the application server for unit testing, they also allow for more agile refactoring, t...
Various events may happen to a running program: a user clicks on a button in a window, the Web browser decides to re-paint the window, and so on. I'm sure, you've tried to click on the buttons of the calculator from the lesson on Swing Basics, but these buttons were not ready to respon...
Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) is undeniably one of the coolest things to happen in the software technology in a long time. AOP has been called the 'third dimension of programming' (copyright by Frank Sauer, Technical Resource Connection, Inc.) and has tremendous power in dynamical...
The Star Trek universe has inspired many technology ideas but I'm disappointed I don't have a transporter yet. One Star Trek technology that has been available for sometime is the particle system. No, this is not an exotic propulsion system for your flying car. The particle system was ...
I'm really jazzed about Java 5.0! We've been treated over the years to incremental improvements in JVM performance. JDK 1.2 brought us the collections framework as well as Swing, the thread context class loader, and improvements in RMI. JDK 1.3 and 1.4 continued in the same vain with l...
'Ten years after we officially launched Java in May 1995, our dream of a ubiquitous software platform to power a networked world has actually come true,' writes SpikeSource CEO Kim Polese as she looks back on the early days of Java, in which she played an integral part. 'Today, some fo...
'In the first year, we've moved from the courtroom to the computer lab. Now we're moving from the lab to the market.' So said Steve Ballmer, referring to relations between Microsoft and Sun, as the two companies announced a series of measures to enhance product interoperability, includ...
The Java Secure Socket Extension (JSSE) is a set of packages that enable secure Internet communications. It implements a Java version of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. It includes functionality for data encryption, server authentication, me...
Apache members have voted to create a Java virtual machine, to be available under the Apache open-source license, that will enable Java to run on Windows PCs.
Leonid Reiman, Russia's Minister of Information Technologies and Communications, outlined what he termed a 'comprehensive' new government program to make Russia a leading player in the global IT market. Speaking in London, Reiman said that 'the program is an integral part of the govern...
The reason .NET 'presses a lot of the right buttons,' writes Duncan Mills, is that: 'It's a Meta-Framework - a one-stop shop.' In the J2EE world, on the other hand, while there is no doubt that there are a lot of fantastic point solutions and frameworks out there, as standalone island...
Yakov Fain reaches Lesson 11 in his popular 'Java basics' series. This time he deals with how and why Java programmers working on large projects that have lots of classes usually organize them in different packages; and explores the new element introduced in Java 5.0 called static impo...
Back in October 1996, in an attempt to eliminate the need for this bloated syntax, Microsoft introduced an object-oriented method pointer into J++ called a 'delegate.' Sun Microsystems, citing the delegate as language pollution, sued Microsoft a year later for violating its Java licens...
Instantiations Inc. aims to enable developers to create 'elegant' swing form windows with its new WindowBuilder Pro 4.0 software. WindowBuilder Pro installs into any Eclipse-based development tool, including Rational Application Developer, and provides a Java GUI construction environme...
Last month I took a trip down memory lane, revisiting the history of J2SE. Apart from trying to remember key events, squeezing 10 years of history into one page was a challenge. I had to relegate many significant technologies to a sentence or two and some I didn't cover at all. However...
Google is giving people the ability to upload video files and send them across the Internet.
At the Open Source Business Conference taking place today in San Francisco, Sun's President and COO, Jonathan Schwartz emphasized that 'free' equates not to 'no revenue' but instead to 'more opportunity to create revenue.'
Now that Yahoo! Mail has matched the Gmail offer of 1GB storage to its free e-mail customers, Google is doing the obvious thing and pulling ahead again, reopening 'the one-gig gap' between its Gmail service and all-comers.
Since Adobe released the first public PDF Reference in 1993, a number of PDF utilities and libraries, supporting all kinds of languages and platforms, have been made available to users and developers alike. However, support for Adobe's technology has lagged in Java application developm...
Having already spent $111M acquiring PeopleSoft, Oracle has now taken charges in its latest quarter in connection with the acquisition so substantial that its quarterly earnings dropped 15%. We are beyond satisfied,' Oracle Co-President Safra Catz nevertheless told reporters, adding: '...
Barry Diller, owner of Expedia.com, CitySearch and dating site Match.com, is adding Ask Jeeves to his portfolio of Internet properties. In 2004, Ask Jeeves reported pro forma revenue of $314 million, up 63% year-over-year.
This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the official launch of Java technology. It seems like only yesterday. No doubt there will be celebrations similar to the five-year anniversary, so I thought I would take this opportunity to step back in time and track Java's course.
In an acquisition that, combined with IBM's middleware portfolio, will strengthen its leadership in key on demand initiatives such as business intelligence, business performance management, business transformation, multi-channel commerce, RFID, merger and acquisition consolidation, mas...
'One of the thing that Web services does is open up your internal business applications to the outside world, to other business partners, or to your employees...so security becomes a very important aspect because basically you are managing your business in the open,' JCP Program Chairp...
'We do plan to ease the commercial use restrictions on the Java source code, but I will not comment any further on that,' said Sun's Matt Thompson last week, in a Technical Exchange panel discussion called 'Empowering Software R&D with Open Communities' held in the Hyatt Regency Harbor...
Although some folks were predicting a 'bloodbath,' the App Server Shoot-Out at Web Services Edge 2005 in Boston did not result in any serious injuries. Instead, Anne Thomas Manes, VP and Research Director at Burton Group, brought together representatives from a wide assortment of appli...
Saying that its support of the open source scripting language PHP does not reflect any dissatisfaction with Java, IBM is partnering with Zend Technologies to create Zend Core, a bundling of IBM's Cloudscape database based on Apache Software Foundation Derby and Zend's open source PHP e...
'One of my resolutions this year is to start teaching part-time Java-related classes in some college,' writes JDJ editorial board member Yakov Fain. 'That's why I started browsing the computer science course lists that are being offered this year. While graduate-level programs offer ma...