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Check Out the Java 6 Update 10
No Need to Wait for Java 7 for New Features and Functionality
While not a major release, the update release of Java 6u 10 is nonetheless deserving of user attention according to Ethan Nicholas, who outlines several important improvements in the release that will make the solution even more attractive and functional. There are no changes in the public APIs, Nicholas writes, which has made it easier to get the changes that are incorporated in Java 6u 10 released more quickly than will be the case with the future release of Java 7, when that day arrives.
Java Champion Adam Bien on the Latest Technologies
A Veteran Shares His Viewpoints, Reveals His Approach
Java Champion Adam Bien has an extended history with both the Java SE and Java EE technologies, having worked with both since their inception with JDK 1.0 and Java Web Server, as Janice J. Heiss reports. At the outset of the interview, Bien identified three fallacies associated with the Java EE platform: the belief that J2EE is complex; the belief that Java EE 5 is easy; and the belief that distributed programming could be simpler.
JRuby 1.1 Release Focused on Performance
Second Major Release from the Community Project
With the focus on performance, this second release of JRuby has proven to be quite a contender. "There have been more and more reports of applications exceeding Ruby 1.8.6 performance; we are even beating Ruby 1.9 in some microbenchmarks," reports Thomas Enebo. JRuby is an 100 percent pure-Java implementation of the Ruby programming language.
New GlassFish Administration Training Bundle
Web-Based Course Covers Developer, Cluster and Enterprise Profiles.
Interested in learning to install and set up different profiles in the GlassFish Application Server? Then sign up for a new nine-hour web-based course that will teach you these skills along with how to configure, administer and use Admin Console for various features of the Application Server.
Get a Quick Introduction to GlassFish
Sun Net Talks Webcast Offers Overview of the Open Source App Server
Sun Distinguished Engineer Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart covers the basic of GlassFish, why it is important and how organizations are using GlassFish in their IT environments in a Sun Net Talks Webcast entitled "An Overview of GlassFish."
Partners
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Sun Eco Advantage Program (EAP)
Makes Impressive Energy Savings Possible for Users
The new Sun Eco Advantage Program (EAP) offers members the tools, resources and training they need to build their own eco IT practices, enabling each participant to meet the growing customer demand for energy-efficient IT strategies and solutions and to increase revenue-generating opportunities with their product lines. Sun's expertise and experience in developing IT services that reduce customers' energy, cooling and space costs is now available to partners wishing to incorporate these innovations into their product lines.
New and Enhanced Third-Party Support for MySQL Storage Engine
Sun Certifications Ensure Customers of Vendor Integrity
Sun has announced new certifications in its MySQL Certified Storage Engine Program to include InnoDB, Kickfire, PBXT, and BrightHouse. The program enables commercial and community database engine developers to certify that their software has been tested and is compatible with Sun's MySQL Database Server helping to assure MySQL users that these certified engines have reached high-level standards of usability, performance and integration.
Software
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Sun Releases MySQL Workbench
New Visual Database Design Tool Available in a Free and a Commercial Version
MySQL Workbench is a new visual database design tool integrating data modeling, physical database design, database creation, change management and documentation capabilities. It is available in two versions: MySQL Workbench Community Edition, which is a free download, and MySQL Workbench Standard Edition, which is the commercial extension that adds specialized plug-in modules with advanced features.
Features in the Just Released Solaris 10 5/08
Enhancements Throughout Including SysAdmin, Networking, Security, and More
The Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) 5/08 was just released a few days ago. In an earlier blog, Joerg Moellenkamp offered details of what users can expect in the way of new features:
Download Available for Logical Domains 1.0.2
Adds Support for UltraSPARC T2-Based Systems
Logical Domains Manager 1.0.2 was recently released, adding support for the UltraSPARC T2 Plus-based platforms and up to 128 domain support. This server virtualization and partitioning technology also offers up to 64 domain support for UltraSPARC T2 based systems and includes libvirt management interface software.
Solaris 8 and 9 Containers Software
Migrate Legacy Apps to the Solaris 10 OS and the Latest Sun Systems
Transferring Solaris 8 and 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) applications to the latest CMT systems running version 10 of Sun's OS is being made easier with the Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Containers software. These latest additions to Sun's Container software work by capturing the entire environment of the original source system, either Solaris 8 or Solaris 9, and then transferring this environment to a Container running on the target Solaris 10 system.
A Guide for Migrating from IPv4 to IPv6 in the Solaris OS
Not as Difficult as One Might Think
Developers using IPv4 and wishing to migrate to IPv6 will find Nagendra Nagarajayya's paper a helpful guide. The piece provides an introduction to IPv6 (unicast addressing) and demonstrates the differences between it and IPv4, along with the recommended coding style to run C and Java programs unchanged on IPv4 and IPv6 networks on the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS).
Servers
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A Glance at Sun's Next-Generation CMT Servers
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240
Denis Sheahan blogged on the recent launch of Sun's next-generation chip multithreading (CMT) servers, the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers, which are based on the UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor, the first CMT processor with in-built coherency links that enables 2-way servers with double the former capacity in the same 1U and 2U form factors to deliver the highest compute density in the server market.
UltraSPARC T2 Plus Processor Systems Benchmark Results
Find Out Just How Well Sun's Newest CMT Members Perform
BM Seer is wrapping it up for benchmark watchers interested in finding out how Sun's new UltraSPARC T2 Plus Processor Systems are operating in terms of performance. The new systems incorporate two CMT processors. Each UltraSPARC T2 Plus chip includes eight hardware strands in each of eight cores for a total of 128 CPUs, delivering an unprecedented amount of CPU capacity in 1U and 2U packaging. In recent blog posts, Seer lists six benchmark results.
Get the Information You Need on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240
Sun Engineers Relay the Latest on the Multi-Chip UltraSPARC T2 Plus Systems
With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding any new release, much less the new multi-chip UltraSPARC T2 Plus systems - Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 Servers, specific information interested users are hunting for can sometimes be hard to find. Thanks to Sun's Allan Packer, potential UltraSPARC T2 Plus enthusiasts need only visit his blog to find a summary of references on these newest additions to Sun's CMT-based systems.
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 122 Issues 1 and 2; Volume 121 Issues 3 and 4

During the last quarter (Jan 08, Feb 08. Mar 08), the web site for this newsletter had 140k unique visitors who viewed 312k pages. (For the past 12 months: 416k visitors and 1.0 million page views.)

Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for the last 4 issues. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 122 Issue 2, were:

  • UltraSPARC T2 Plus Processor Servers Introduced [19764]
  • Free Solaris Express Developer Edition DVD for x86 Platforms [19750]
  • Sun Files Another Patent Suit Against Network Appliance (NetApp) [19717]
  • Free Download of "Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology" [19751]
  • Download of Solaris Cluster 3.2 2/08 Now Available [19724]
  • Solaris Cluster Now Supports More Servers [19740]
  • Blastwave.org [19770]
  • New Sun StorageTek VTL Prime Offers Data Deduplication Features [19762]
  • Deploying MySQL on the Solaris Cluster [19749]
  • Sun Modular Datacenter S20 Wins 2008 Best of FOSE Award [19736]
    Sysadmin
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    Optimizing MySQL Server
    On Sun x64 Servers and Storage
    Luojia Chen has written a Sun BluePrints Online paper on "Optimizing MySQL Server on Sun x64 Servers and Storage" that provides an overview of the integrated Sun platform, outlines the steps for optimizing MySQL Server on Sun x64 servers, and describes benchmark results for solutions with Sun Fire X4100 servers.
    Sun xVM Ops Center's Modules Introduced
    Covers Management, Update, Provisioning and Gear Modules

    The Sun xVM Central blog recently produced a series of entries introducing each of the four modules of the Sun xVM Ops Center: Management, Update, Provisioning and Gear.

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