"Does Megahertz Matter?"
Executive Perspectives: Reality Check
According to the author of the recent Executive Perspectives: Reality
Check article "Does Megahertz Matter?", the answer is yes, megahertz
matters, but processor frequency does not solely determine application
performance, and only when comparing systems with the same
architecture. However, it can be easy to get swept up in the inaccurate
perception that an increase in processor megahertz will improve
application performance by the same amount and thus increase
productivity and speed up time to market.
netASPx for Lawson ASP Customers
Guarantees 99.9% Availability
netASPx Inc., a full-service ASP, has taken the unusual step of
defining availability the way customers define it--and actually
guaranteeing exceptionally high levels of availability. The company
offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee to Lawson application customers on the
Seventh JavaOne Conference Highlights
Java Technology and Web Services
The seventh annual JavaOne Developer Conference
focused on how Java technologies will be an
integral part of delivering open Web services and how the platform will
extend Web services from the server to the desktop, handheld, mobile
and other small devices. Sun and the Java technology industry
also demonstrated how Java technology is bringing wireless applications
to corporate enterprises.
General Keynote at JavaOne Conference
James Gosling and Rich Green
The General Keynote at the JavaOne Conference was presented by Rich
Green and James Gosling. They discussed the growing use of Java
technology, from the Internet, to computers, cell phones and then to
thermostats and switches. They also talked about the Java Specification
Request #172 (JSR #172), Nokia's Tradepoint Broker Service was
demonstrated, Sun's commitment to Java technology on Microsoft Windows
and the Liberty Alliance Project.
Technical Keynotes from Graham Hamilton and Tim Lindholm
At JavaOne Conference
Graham Hamilton and Tim Lindholm, both distinguished engineers for Sun,
delivered this year's technical keynote address at the JavaOne
Conference. They described the latest Java technology advances
platform by platform, and also emphasized the importance of XML and Web
services for developers. They discussed Mobile Information Device
Profile (MIDP), smart cards and the newest advancements for Java 2
Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) and Java 2 Platform,
Enterprise Edition (J2EE) developers.
Breakthrough Java Technology for Consumer Devices
New Virtual Machines
Sun is introducing new Java Virtual Machine (JVM) solutions that
exponentially improve the performance of Java technology-based
networked devices. The two new JVMs for Connected Limited Device
Configuration (CLDC) and Connected Device Configuration (CDC)/Dynamic
Compiler, are expected to deliver a level of performance up to ten
times higher than existing virtual machine technologies in a very small
footprint. Sun is collaborating with ARM, and Symbian to deliver this
technology to consumer devices.
Fireside Chat Q&A Session
For JavaOne Conference Alumni
Jon Byous has reported on the Fireside Chat Q&A Session for JavaOne
Conference Alumni and Sun's Java technology managers. Some topics
covered included the impact of today's economy on Java technology,
emerging application trends and Web services.
Java Architecture for XML Binding User's Guide
The Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) User's Guide is
available as an 80-page PDF. JAXB provides a fast, convenient way to
create a two-way mapping between XML documents and Java technology
objects. Sections of the user guide include an Introduction to JAXB,
XML Basics, How JAXB Works, Binding a Schema to Classes, Building Data
Representations and Working With the Data.
Java Platform and Linux
The 907-page book "Java Programming on Linux" by Nathan Meyers provides
a reference for developing and deploying the Java platform on
Linux. Meyers states that though there are already many good books
about both the Java platform and Linux, his book is uniquely focused on
how to use the two together.
Flanagan's "Java in a Nutshell" Updated
Now Covers Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition v. 1.4
David Flanagan's just-released fourth edition of "Java in a Nutshell"
covers the new classes and interfaces for the 1.4 version of the
Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition. It covers the many new classes
in v 1.4, including the NIO, logging and SML functionality. It also
contains an accelerated introduction to the Java programming
language and its key APIs.
Java Developer Connection Program Tech Tips
Capturing Audio with the Java Sound API and Validating Deserialized Objects
The recent Tech Tips by John Zukowski on the Java Developer
Connection Program Web page cover validating deserialized objects
and capturing audio with the Java Sound API. These tips were
developed using Java 2 Software Development Kit (SDK), Standard
Edition, v 1.4.
Sun Bundling Technologies Based on Java Specification Request #172
Improving Developing Web Services
Sun will bundle the Forte for Java wireless
toolkit, Java technology blueprints and APIs based on the new
Java Specification Request (JSR) approved by the Java Community
Process Program (JCP) to make it even easier for developers to
create and display Web services to these devices.
Topley Book Focuses on Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition
Nutshell Format Reference for Developers
Kim Topley, author of "J2ME in a Nutshell", discusses the origins of the
Java programming language and how it evolved as demand grew for
Java technology on smaller devices and smart cards. The book covers the
essential APIs for different types of devices and deployments, the
profiles and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) functions that
support those APIs.
New Java Center of Excellence
Transforms Fortune 500 Companies Software Development
Sun has formed a new Java Center of Excellence service designed to
help Fortune 500 companies advance their in-house development staff's
best practices, processes and skill sets to improve their ongoing
delivery of Java technology-based projects. As a result, key early
adopters of this new service are improving quality of service, reducing
costs, enhancing their agility and increasing ROI in delivering
products and services through the Web.
Sun Extends the Java Platform
To Active Server Pages Developers
Sun Chili!Soft ASP Software v3.6.2 is a cross-platform
implementation of Active Server Pages (ASP) that allows Java
technology developers and ASP developers to work collectively on developing
portable ASP applications for a variety of platforms. This software
allows Web developers to use familiar interfaces to easily integrate
Java technology-based business logic into ASP applications through
enhancements made to Sun Chili!Beans.
NetBeans and Forte for Java Products: Part 1
Vendors Demonstrated at JavaOne Conference
More than 35 companies demonstrated NetBeans and Forte for
Java Software products and integrations that are "Built on
NetBeans" technology at the JavaOne Conference. Third-party
products range from wireless device emulation software to Web services
infrastructure products. This article features some of the companies,
listed alphabetically. The others will be featured next week.
Application Verification Kit for the J2EE Platform
New Tool Ensures Applications Work Across Different Implementations
Sun has made available the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise
Edition (J2EE) Application Verification Kit (AVK). The new tool is
designed to help developers ensure that applications running on a J2EE
platform-based application server work across different implementations
of J2EE platform-based servers. This will reduce application migration
costs for developers and help customers that want to run a single
application across their existing array of application servers.
Wireless Java Technology Content
For Mobile Handsets and PDAs
Java technology is being adopted widely by the wireless
content community as the defacto standard for wireless data services.
More than 200 companies worldwide currently deliver Java
technology-based content deployed by operators such as NTT DoCoMo,
KDDI, J-Phone, LG Telecom Nextel, CSL and many others. Many of these
solutions were demonstrated at JavaOne Developer Conference 2002.
New Wireless Developer Portal
Sun's new Wireless Developer Portal, WIRELESS.JAVA.SUN.COM, is the
authoritative, central resource dedicated to helping Java
technology developers successfully develop, deploy and make money from
wireless Java technology applications.
Panel Discussion on the Future of the Java Platform and XML
Simon Phipps, Rob Gingell, John Bosak and James Gosling
A panel discussion on the future of the Java platform and XML was
headed by Simon Phipps, chief technology evangelist at Sun.
Participating was Rob Gingell, chief technology officer for the Sun
Software Group; John Bosak, chair of the original XML working group at
the World Wide Web Consortium; and James Gosling, the creator of Java
technology. The key points of the panel were reported on by Ed Ort and
consisted of how successfully Java technology is working with XML and
what the next stage is, namely "social engineering," meaning semantic
ISP EarthLink Improves Operating Efficiencies with Sun
Servers, Storage and SAN Solution
ISP EarthLink has purchased new Sun systems, including two 24-CPU, 900
MHz Sun Fire 6800 Midframe Servers, Sun StorEdge 9960 Array
system, configured in a Storage Attached Network (SAN) solution to run
its billing and data warehousing applications. EarthLink will
consolidate approximately 4.8 million
Sun and Alcatel's New Joint Marketing Agreement
Building on Voice Applications
The new Joint Marketing Agreement (JMA) between Sun and Alcatel
promotes carrier-class, open-architecture voice and data Intelligent
Networking (IN) solutions for telecommunication service providers in
the US market. The goal is to help service providers meet growing
demand for enhanced services for voice and packetized data networks.
Both companies will develop new marketing programs to promote the
strengths of the Alcatel/Sun enhanced services package.
New E-business Solution from Sun and Vignette
Support for Sun Open Net Environment and Java Technology
Sun and Vignette Corp. will jointly market a packaged e-business
solution that integrates best-of-breed offerings from both companies.
The solution includes the Vignette V6 Content Suite and Vignette V6
MultiSite Content Manager (VMCM) which support Java technology, and
the iPlanet Portal Server, iPlanet Application Server,
iPlanet Directory Server and iPlanet Web Server.
PSA Peugeot Citroen
Chooses Sun and the iPlanet Portal Server
The PSA Peugeot Citroen Portal is a powerful solution based on on Sun
Enterprise Servers and the iPlanet Portal Server. The PSA
Peugeot Citroen Portal provides a single secured point of entry for its
suppliers and will be helpful in improving processes impacted by
supplier relationships, both for the Group and for its suppliers. In
addition, by capitalizing on digital models now accessible online
through the Portal, it can also help encourage faster development at
each phase in the model life cycle.
New Sun StorEdge 6900 Series Upgrades
Combines RAS With High Performance
The new Sun StorEdge 6900 series storage systems are ideal for
simplifying high performance storage pooling, combining reliability,
availability and serviceability (RAS) with a high performance
virtualization engine. The Sun StorEdge 6900 series provides customers
with a complete, easy-to-order and easy-to-deploy solution for managing
their data growth.
Sun StorEdge 9900 Series FICON Support
Benefits over ESCON
Sun is introducing FICON support for the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series
product line. FICON, the recently adopted addition to the Fibre Channel
Standard (under FC-SB-2), has a number of benefits over past mainframe
connectivity options like ESCON. By encapsulating ESCON within the
Fibre Channel protocol, Director products from Inrange and McData can
be used. Two new port adapters are introduced to support this
connectivity from the Sun StorEdge 9900 series arrays.
Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900 Series New Configurations
The new configurations for the Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900 Series
are the Sun StorEdge 3910 system, the Sun StorEdge 3960 system,
the Sun StorEdge 6910 system, and the Sun StorEdge 6960 system.
They offer full cabinet capacity (more storage), ease of ordering and price
incentive to customers who need more capacity.
XML Pipeline Definition Language Specification
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently acknowledged Sun's
submission of the XML Pipeline Definition Language as a W3C Technical
Note. The complete XML Pipeline specification defines a vocabulary
for describing the processing relationships between XML resources.
Norman Walsh and Eve Maler from Sun were the editors of the W3C
"Web Services Description Language (WSDL): An Intuitive View"
by Casey Chan
Casey Chan, a Technology Evangelist for Sun recently wrote an article
titled "Web Services Description Language (WSDL): An Intuitive View".
According to Chan, the Web services computing model revolutionizes
technology by allowing remotely located individuals to harness
information assets and invoke services from virtually anywhere. WSDL
is defined as "an XML grammar for describing network services as
collections of communication endpoints capable of exchanging messages."
New UI Specifications on Netbeans Web Site
Drag and Drop of Objects, Filechooser Defaults and Simplification of Navigation in Explorer
Several new UI specifications recently appeared on NetBeans Web site
and were discussed on the nbui mailing list. Topics covered included
Drag and Drop of Objects, Filechooser Defaults, Simplification of
Navigation in Explorer and a discussion on nbdev.
Forte for Java 4, Mobile Edition
Expanding Market for Java Technology-enabled Mobile Devices
Sun has introduced Forte for Java, release 4.0, Mobile Edition, a compact
integrated development environment (IDE) optimized for developers
building applications targeting the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition
(J2ME) for mobile devices. Some of the mobile device and service
provider industry's most influential companies, including Nokia,
Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sprint, will integrate Forte for Java
products with their developer tools and redistribute the products to
their developer communities.
New Forte Tools with Multi-language Debugging
For the Sun Open Net Environment
Early access code for the next major release of Forte Tools
products for the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) architecture
is now available. This new series of products unifies Sun's integrated
development environments (IDEs) on a common foundation, the
NetBeans open source platform, delivering the first toolset that
works seamlessly for all major languages.
Security Bulletin 218
Topic: Bytecode Verifier
A vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Bytecode
Verifier may be exploited by an untrusted applet to escalate
privileges. Installations of Netscape 6.2.1 and earlier are affected.
The default JREs of Netscape Communicator version 4.79 and earlier are
also affected. Releases prior to SDK and JRE 1.2.2, and JDK and JRE
1.1.8 for Windows and Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) are
Security Bulletin 217
Java Web Start Software
Sun security bulletin number 217 (dated March 18, 2002) applies to
releases of Java Web Start Software 1.0.1_01, 1.0.1, and 1.0. A
Java Web Start Software application may gain access to restricted
resources. Sun recommends that users of affected releases upgrade to
the latest Java Web Start Software release or upgrade to Java 2
Software Development Kit (SDK), Standard Edition, v 1.4.
"Server Virtualization with Trusted Solaris 8 Operating Environment"
by Glenn Faden
A recent Sun BluePrints OnLine article was titled "Server
Virtualization with Trusted Solaris 8 Operating Environment" by
Glenn Faden. Faden expands on techniques for the configuration of
labeled networks to show how the Trusted Solaris Operating Environment
can be deployed by a network service provider to support multiple
customers within a single infrastructure.
"XKMS Headlines XML Security, Takes a Hard Line on Complexity"
by Brett Mendel
XKMS, XML Key Management Specification, is vital to XML security
standards and critical to Web services and securing transactions on the
Web. Yassir Elley and Brett Mendel's article, "XKMS Headlines XML
Security, Takes a Hard Line on Complexity", explain why XKMS is seen as
important to protecting XML-based applications and data. Mendel details
how the standard works and offers some tips for how to use it. Also
PKI and the two specs of the components: X-KRSS and X-KISS.