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"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 HA platform.

Java Technology
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
Nathan Meyers

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 standardization.

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 customer records.

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.

Sun Dual Fast Ethernet + Dual SCSI PCI Adapter
33/66 MHz Combo

Sun Dual Fast Ethernet + Dual SCSI PCI Adapter is a 33/66 MHz combo adapter providing two wide-Ultra-SCSI 2 (80 MB/s) channels and two Fast Ethernet channels on one EPCI (32/64-bit,33/66 MHz) card.

    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
    Four Products

    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
    Version 1.0

    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 Technical Note.

      "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.

      Solaris 9 Operating Environment Documentation
      Available on

      New documentation is available on for the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) beta. The documentation pertains to the Solaris OE running on SPARC and Intel platforms and includes the addition of information about new and enhanced Solaris OE installation technologies. The Solaris 9 OE Installation Guide has incorporated several installation books from the Solaris 8 OE release into one volume.

      Apache: Handling Traffic
      Software and Hardware Solutions

      In the article "Apache: Handling Traffic" on the everythingsolaris Web site, various software and hardware solutions for providing high-availability Web sites are discussed, from upgrading existing hardware to implementing load-balancing with fail-over mechanisms. These options can be applied to any Web server on any platform.

        Anil Gadre and Stephen DeWitt on Linux
        Sun's Strategy for Offering Linux on its Servers

        Sun vice president and general manager, Anil Gadre, joined with Stephen DeWitt, vice president and general manager of Content Delivery and Edge Computing at Sun, to articulate the finer points of Sun's strategy for offering Linux on its server systems. Gadre and DeWitt believe that by adding the Linux community to the Solaris OE and the Java technology communities, developers can be assured of a bigger opportunity and a superior investment protection story.

        Destination ASP: Free Best Practices Kit
        Build, Deploy and Market

        The Destination ASP program leverages Sun's best practices to help independent software vendors (ISVs) design ASP solutions by offering both strategic and tactical go-to-market assistance from Sun and its partners. The free best practices kit from the Destination ASP program provides guidance on building, deploying and marketing your solutions.

          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 also affected.

          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 covered is PKI and the two specs of the components: X-KRSS and X-KISS.

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