Capacity Planning for Internet Services
Online Discussion August 27-31, 2001
There will be an Online Discussion Forum on Capacity Planning for
Internet Services on August 27-31, 2001. Join Sun engineers Adrian Cockcroft
and Bill Walker, authors of Capacity Planning for Internet Services. Ask
your questions relating to best capacity planning techniques and tools.
Nuclear Medicine Department Embraces Jini Network Technology
Largest Community Hospital in Vienna, Austria
Using Jini network technology to integrate the combination computed
tomography (CT) scanner and SPECT (single-photon emission computed
tomography) camera, doctors at Wilhelminenspital, the largest community
hospital in Vienna, Austria, will soon be able to discover previously
hidden tumors in patients, leading to earlier detection, earlier
treatment, and hopefully, higher survival rates. The department chose
Java technology to develop its baseline applications mainly
because of its code mobility and support for heterogeneous platforms.
Jini network technology has enabled the department to improve
SPECT image quality.
Papadopoulos on Managing Complexity
In the recent Executive Perspectives article, "Rules of the Game:
Moore's Law meets Gilder's Law meets Metcalfe's Law," Greg
Papadopoulos, chief technology officer for Sun, discusses the
challenges that are arising as the Internet becomes more versatile.
Challenges include how to scale system capacity to 100 or 1,000 times
the current level without increasing complexity beyond the ability to
manage it, the format of software, storage of large quantities of
data, and the complexities developers will be grappling with.
Entry Level Servers
Sun Cobalt Developer Network
New Resources for Sun Platform Developers
The Sun Cobalt Developer Network gives developers quick and easy
access to critical resources that streamline the development of server
appliance solutions, and the network offers members deep discounts on
all Sun Cobalt Server appliances. Resources include the Developer
Network Newsletter; the Sun Cobalt Developer Kit for Java technology;
the Sun Cobalt Qube 3 Developer's Guide; the Sun Developer Connection
Program; and the Sun Cobalt Developer Discussion Forum. Members seeking
discounts must also join the Sun Developer Connection Program.
Developing JavaServer Pages (JSP) Custom Tags: Part III
By Qusay H. Mahmoud
Qusay H. Mahmoud's article on web application development with
JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology and XML presents a brief
overview of custom tags, how to develop and deploy simple and advanced
tags, and how to describe tags with the Tag Library Descriptor (TLD).
Programming guidelines when developing JSP tag libraries are also
A Developer Conference
Sun TechDays Developer Conference 2001-2002, will give
developers the chance to attend technical sessions led by several Sun
executives and to participate in software code camps that offer
programming instruction. Sessions will be held in Stockholm, Warsaw,
Madrid, Washington, D.C., Shanghai, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Singapore.
Knowledge Management and Portal Solutions
Webcast with Ed Zander
There is a webcast available in Sun's archive on the importance of
knowledge management. Market Segment Manager Rita Gupta is the host.
There are interviews with Sun President and COO Ed Zander and Group
Manager Manish Bhuptani on the importance of knowledge management and
Sun's value proposition for companies looking to implement these
solutions. There is a knowledge management white paper available for
Best Practices Product Profile
In the Best Practices Product Profile on Oracle JDeveloper, Lori
MacVittie covers topics such as Java technology support, XML
support, and development environment features. Oracle JDeveloper is
targeted at developers building Internet and wireless applications
using Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology and
XML. Release 3.2.3 became available in May 2001.
Interview with Dan Burgin of Finali
Web-based Customer Relationship Management Systems
Sun's Dot-Com Builder web site is an online resource for developers
featuring articles, tips, and interviews. A recent Best Practices
Interview features a conversation between John Kirkley and Dan Burgin,
vice president, CTO, and cofounder of Finali Corporation, a managed
service provider (MSP) of web-based customer relationship management
systems. The company has developed an innovative CRM solution based on
15 years of research into how people and technology interact.
As Burgin puts it, "This is technology with a social IQ." He notes that,
"Finali taps into powerful social rules to create a new way for people
to interact with technology over the web."
True Developer Tales Archive
Data and ASP Problems
The True Developer Tales archive contains many stories, including
"Double Data" that recounts problems caused by a restricted budget and
"Application Server Madness" that describes trying to work with a
product that was not evaluated carefully before it was bought.
New Section of Dot-Com Builder Web Site
Featuring Web Services
Sun's Dot-Com Builder web site was created as an online resource for
hard-to-find information that is essential to building great sites.
Dot-Com Builder is offering a new section for developers about web
PrimeAlert: Monitors iPlanet Application Server
Halcyon's PrimeAlert for iPlanet Application Server module interoperates
with Sun Management Center software to monitor health indicators
for iPlanet Application Server version 6.0. Loading instructions are
available online, including an overview of the console window and a
description of each section and the data fields they contain.
Documentation for Solaris Live Upgrade 2.0 Software
Upgrade with Minimal Downtime
Solaris Live Upgrade Software offers a method of upgrading that substantially
reduces the service outage usually associated with an operating system
upgrade. Solaris Live Upgrade Software enables you to migrate a boot
environment to have different file system types, sizes, and layouts,
without affecting the configuration of the installation software. You
can also maintain on your system multiple installations of software
packages. This guide covers Solaris Live Upgrade Software Planning, Using
Solaris Live Upgrade Software to Create a Boot Environment, Maintaining Solaris
Live Upgrade Software Boot Environments, and Troubleshooting.
Camelot's 10-Minute Network Security Check
Testing Users' Knowledge of Security Policies
Camelot is a Network Intelligence technology company whose solutions
automate critical network monitoring and management functions, and
enable organizations to unburden themselves of complex network access
decisions. Camelot offers an online knowledge resource center and a
download center with relevant information on security issues such as
the articles "Camelot's 10-Minute Network Security Check" and "Creative
User Education" which offer tips on reinforcing your employees'
knowledge of your company's security policy.
Training Resources for Systems Administrators
Sun Grid Engine and Solaris 8 Operating Environment (OE)
There are many training courses and certification resources available
on Sun's BigAdmin web site, including Administering and Supporting
Sun Grid Engine Software and the Solaris 8 Operating Environment (OE)
Learning Suite of courses.
Simple Environment Manager for Solaris Operating Environment (OE)
Reference Configuration Files
The BigAdmin portal is a web-based, community-driven repository of
resources specifically for system administrators, by system
administrators. The BigAdmin portal enables users to both receive and
post useful information, resources, and tips. One such resource is an
article titled, "A Simple Environment Manager for Solaris," by Colin A.
Bitterfield of Sun. A Simple
Environment Manager for Solaris OE is an environment manager that allows
users to have consistent environment varients set. It helps manage user
shell environments. Installation instructions are available online.
Patches, Documentation, and Support Resources
SunSolve Online is an informational and patch database service used
by system administrators, network administrators, and others who are
responsible for maintaining Sun hardware and software. There are Security
Bulletins and a link to the iPlanet SupportForum.
Rich Green on Microsoft and the Java Virtual Machine
Sun's Dedication to Open Source
Rich Green, Vice President and General Manager of Java Software,
compares Microsoft to Java technology in the context of Microsoft's
decision to ship Windows XP without a Java Virtual Machine. He
discusses the open source code for Java technology in contrast to the
closed, proprietary environment of Microsoft. He emphasizes that Sun
will continue to work with the Java technology community and the
industry at large to help ensure that consumers, developers, and
enterprises have a choice.
The Java Compatibility Test Tools:
Create a Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK)
The article, "The Java Compatibility Test Tools: Spec Trac," by Ed Ort on
the Java Developer Connection web site, covers the newly
released set of tools called the Java Compatibility Test Tools
(Java CTT). They are designed to help a specification lead, or other
Java Community Process Program (JCP) member serving on an Expert
Group, create a Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK). Ort
provides an overview of the Java CTT, generally describes how the
tools can help JCP members create a TCK, and describes one of the Java
CTT tools, Spec Trac.
Java Technology Live! Chat Sessions
August and September
Upcoming August and September Java technology Live Chat sessions
include "Jini Network Technology and Service-Based Architectures";
"Java Application Programming Interface (API) for Bluetooth"; and
"JavaServer Pages (JSP) Technology and JSP Tag libraries."
Call for Papers and Speakers for Next JavaOne Conference
For March 2002
Submissions for speaking opportunities at the March 2002 JavaOne
Conference are being accepted on August 31, 2001. The Call for Papers
guidelines for the 2002 JavaOne Conference will be available soon as
SIGS Conference for Java Development
James Gosling Featured Speaker
The SIGS Conference for Java Development helps developers to sharpen
skills and maximize Java technology efficiency. Industry-focused
sessions and real-world examples serve to inform and inspire, as
developers learn to build the most effective Java technology-based
systems. James Gosling, Sun chief scientist, Java Software VP, and Sun Fellow
James Gosling, Sun chief scientist, Java Software VP, and Sun Fellow will
be the keynote speaker at the SIGS Conference for Java Development on
Monday, October 29, 2001.
Growth in Java Virtual Machine Market
Study Estimates 83 Percent Growth
According to a study conducted by Cahners In-Stat/MDR, the Java
Virtual Machine (JVM) market will grow at a rate of 83.5 percent per year
through 2005. This projection of fast growth is based upon the
widespread use of JVM in net-ready wireless devices and applications. JVM
enables processors without built-in Java technology support to run
Java technology code. The study noted that few mobile microprocessors
have built-in Java support, hence the rapid marketplace growth in JVM
extensions and Java technology accelerators.
New Product Marketplace
Serena ChangeMan DS 5.4
Extended Platform and Database Support
Serena ChangeMan DS 5.4, the Software Change Manager for Distributed
Systems, has just been released. ChangeMan DS 5.4 delivers
platform and database support with its inclusion of
support for Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) UNIX operating system
environments, as well as increased support for IBM's OS/400 operating
system environments and IBM's DB2 UDB database. With its enhanced
functionality, the product delivers broad
software-change-management (SCM) support in the industry to help
customers speed time to market, lower costs, and secure eBusiness
Serena ChangeMan 5.4 provides enhanced native support on applications
across multiple platforms to improve software quality, accelerate time to
market on all major platforms, allowing
customers to manage the software development process from a single point
Makes Java Technology and C++ Work Together
Codemesh has released the final version of JunC++ion Release 1.1 for
Solaris Operating Environment and Microsoft Windows. JunC++ion
easily and inexpensively solves any Java technology-C++
interoperation problem. For example, move C++ clients into Enterprise
JavaBeans (EJB) environments without porting, web-enable C++
applications without using interface languages, and integrate Java technologyand
C++ servers without middleware. Programming teams can work in Java technologyand C++ at the
same time and leave it up to JunC++ion to get their modules to work
RainWall High Availability Software
On Solaris 8 Operating Environment (OE)
Rainfinity, a provider of high availability software for e-business,
has revised its RainWall firewall high availability software to
support 64-bit processing on the Solaris 8 Operating
Environment (OE). RainWall eliminates single points of failure and
increases capacity by creating a fully distributed gateway cluster that
Headway reView 2.4
With reView Publisher and freeView
Headway Software's recent launch of Headway reView 2.4--the source code
visualization tool for Java technology development--is followed by
the release of Headway reView Publisher and Headway freeView.
Headway reView Publisher Edition allows Independent Software
Vendors, Open Source programs, and internal corporate development
teams to publish detailed, accurate source code illustrations.
RSA Releases ESCON Channel Card
Greater Flexibility in Mainframe
Rochester Software Associates (RSA) has introduced its new RSA ESCON
Channel Card, which offers greater flexibility in mainframe
connectivity and is the latest addition to RSA's family of IBM channel
solutions. ESCON is a fiber-optic link available on most mainframes and
is a standard interconnection method for IBM's Enterprise Systems. The
ESCON interface provides higher speed and reliability, compared to the
S/390 parallel Bus & Tag channel.
New Open Source Project
Integrates XUL into the Java Programming Language
The JXUL project is the foundation for importing cross-platform
XUL-driven user interfaces into Java technology applications. XUL,
an XML-based language developed by Mozilla.org, is a major technology
used to develop the user interface of the latest Netscape and Mozilla
browsers. By providing an API in Java technology for loading XUL components,
the team hopes to offer the development community a new method
of quickly building easily adaptable graphical user interfaces.