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John Gage on Putting Information Technology to Work for Human Betterment
Sun Chief Researcher Calls for the Exercise of Responsibility

John Gage is Sun's chief researcher and director of the company's science office. He has long had a commitment to putting Java technology to work for the betterment of the world, which he discussed in a recent interview on the Sun Web site.

Alcatel Microelectronics Chooses Sun Products and Services
AME Benefits from Sun Servers, Workstations and SunSpectrum Service Support

Alcatel Microelectronics (AME) recently took advantage of the combined power of Sun and SAP's alliance. By minimizing implementation risks, Sun was able to quickly install the necessary equipment and actually finished the whole migration in only 20 days. Today AME takes advantage of even more Sun solutions and services with even better results.

"Digital Distribution of Television Services"
White Paper on Benefits of Sun Media Appliance Platform

The white paper on the digital distribution of television services evaluates the benefits of a total digital distribution strategy and provides examples of applications and guidelines. Topics include legacy processes, deployment path management and new revenue opportunities. The paper also discusses the Sun Media Appliance Platform and its benefits.

Events
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Free Novell & Sun Technical Seminar
July 2nd, London

The free seminar from Novell and Sun on July 2, 2003, in London will cover building applications using the Novell exteNd, a Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) based development framework. The talk will address the different approaches of building Web-based applications with proprietary tools and building with standards-based applications. Online registration is available.

LinuxUser & Developer Expo -- The Linux Zone
June 24-26, Birmingham, UK

The LinuxUser & Developer Expo to be held in Birmingham, UK, on June 24-26, 2003 will cover Web applications and Linux in a desktop environment, legal and political issues, TCO and security. Mru Patel of the Desktop Solutions Business Manager, UK & Ireland, Sun Microsystems, will discuss reducing costs of the desktop. Other speakers include Tim O'Reilly, Jon 'maddog' Hall, Alan Cox, Martin Michlmayr, Cory Doctorow, Georg Greve and Jim McQuillan.

Sun Developer Day Conferences
June 24 in Camberley, UK and June 26 in Dublin, Ireland

Sun Developer Day Conferences in Surrey and Dublin are free and will cover Web Services, Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME), the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) and the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS). Get a chance to win an MP3 player by referring friends to register.

Developer
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Jonathan Schwartz on the Sun Microsystems Software Strategy
Co-evolution with Developers Is the Key

Jonathan Schwartz, executive VP for Software at Sun, recently shared his thoughts on the company's software strategy with Janice J. Heiss and Paul Pangaro. Schwartz was enthusiastic about the benefits for developers that stem from the consolidation of Sun's software R&D, design and development efforts. This has made it possible for Sun and the developer community to "co-evolve," as he put it. In fact, he said, there is a Sun group devoted entirely to the interests of the individual developer.

Developer Audiocasts Available
Web Services, Web Application Frameworks and More

Several audiocasts are available on topics of interest to developers. The audiocasts focus on interests such as JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology, Web Services performance and the ebXML Business Process Specification Schema (BPSS). Each is available in either a RealPlayer or MP3 format, with accompanying PDF files available as well.

XFree86 Video Drivers and Porting Kit
For the Solaris Operating System

Two editions of the porting kit for XFree86 Video Drivers for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) are available: The source edition with source code for developers, and the binary edition with binary files from Sun for users. The porting kit expands the number of video devices that work with Solaris OS on x86 platforms.

Sysadmin
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How to Plan and Complete a Consolidation Project
Without Reinventing the Wheel

David Hornby and Ken Pepple of Sun Professional Services (SunPS) present the major phases of the consolidation methodology developed by SunPS as a guide for those who are starting a consolidation project (assess, architect, implement and manage). The goal was not to reinvent the wheel with each project, the authors said, but to create a simple methodology that could be re-used.

Security Features of the Solaris Operating System
Two Sun BluePrints Documents

Thomas M. Chalfant writes about the Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and Secure Shell of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), and Alex Noordergraaf writes about network settings for security for the Solaris 9 OS 12/02 in two Sun BluePrints OnLine documents.

Publications
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Second Edition of "Core J2EE Patterns" Blueprint Book Updated with New Patterns
Patterns Include Context Object, Application Service and More

The new book, "Core J2EE Patterns, Second Edition," is an updated look at the original 15 patterns covered in the first edition. The text also includes many new implementation strategies and code samples, Web Services and covers Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.4. Six additional patterns are included as well.

"Code Reading: The Open Source Perspective"
Handle Overwhelming Code Jobs, Demystify Tangled Code and More

A new 528-page book titled, "Code Reading: The Open Source Perspective," aims to show readers how to read both good and bad code, what to look for and how to improve their own code. The book also discusses techniques for handling overwhelming code jobs, figuring out mystifying code and comprehending tangled programs.

Games, Diversions & Perl Culture
Best of the Perl Journal

O'Reilly has put together a unique anthology with "Games, Diversions & Perl Culture: Best of the Perl Journal, Volume 3," that aims to bring together an unmatched compendium of Perl lore. Compiled and re-edited by the editor and publisher of the original The Perl Journal (TPJ), Jon Orwant, the text brings together choice TPJ back issue articles.

    "Getting Started with Sun ONE"
    Sun Technical Specialist Stacy Thurston Writes a "How to" Guide

    Sun Microsystems calls "Getting Started with Sun ONE," the new book by Stacy Thurston, a "...step-by-step guide to delivering high-value solutions based on Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) technologies." Thurston brings his extensive experience as a Sun technical specialist to the task of shedding new light on the best practices for "...planning, designing, configuring, integrating, and implementing Sun ONE Internet infrastructures."

    Java Technology
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    Project Rave 1.0, Sun's New Visual Development Tool
    Boosts Productivity for Java Platform Application Developers

    Sun has produced a tool for improving the productivity of Java technology application developers. Sun's Project Rave has released the early access version of Rave 1.0 (its working name), a visual development tool. There is also a contest to name the product.

    The java.com Web Site
    Showcase of Consumer-related Uses of Java Technology

    The java.com Web site showcases consumer uses of Java technology. Java lets you enjoy the best that the digital world has to offer, including games and puzzles, sports, chat, email, the arts, financial tools and more. The site contains links to games, mobile applications and more.

    The JavaDesktop Web Site
    For GUI Community

    The JavaDesktop Web site is a new gathering place for members of the Java technology graphical user interface (GUI) community. The site offers news, discussions, technical articles and open source projects that use the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) to produce applications with rich client interfaces.

    Java Technology Desktop Network Components Boost Interactivity, Productivity
    Leveraging Java Foundation Classes/Swing API for Developers of Web Clients

    Amy Fowler argues in her white paper "Java (technology) Desktop Network Components: Boosting Interactivity and Productivity at the Same Time" that developers need to make better use of the Java programming language in creating Web clients. Useful as HTML has shown itself to be, Fowler argues, its limitations have made it somewhat tiresome and wasteful.

    Gosling Thinks Java Technology May be Ready for Open Source
    Collegiality and Interoperability Must Prevail for Success

    Carol Sliwa's interview with James Gosling, published in the June 13, 2003 issue of Computerworld, found him expressing the view that it was time for certain core pieces of Java technology to become open-source.

    Security
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    Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 Wins 2003 SC Award
    Protects Business Communications over Internet, Intranet and Extranets

    The Internet security solution, Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1, was awarded "Best Internet Security Solution" in the 2003 SC Awards. Winners were selected by the SC Magazine Awards Council. VPN-1/FireWall-1 protects the privacy of business communications over the Internet, intranet and extranets while securing critical network resources against unauthorized access. It is used in the Sun LX50 server VPN/Firewall appliance.

    Using Solaris Security Toolkit Software
    Performing an Audit and Maintaining the System

    For a preview of Alex Noordergraaf and Glenn Brunette's forthcoming book, "Securing Systems with the Solaris Security Toolkit," see the Sun BluePrints document of chapter six, Auditing System Security. The authors describe how to audit (validate) a system's security using the Solaris Security Toolkit software. They cover maintaining security, customizing security audits, preparing to audit security and performing the audit, and using options and controlling audit output.

    Using Bouncy Castle APIs for Basic End-to-end Encryption
    Jonathan Knudsen Shows How It's Done

    Jonathan Knudsen has written a helpful article on using the Bouncy Castle Cryptography APIs to encrypt messages sent between two MIDP devices. Normally, Knudsen says, using HTTPS is sufficient to protect data since everything after the handshake is encrypted. Protocol analyzers such as Ethereal generally are not very effective against an HTTPS connection.

    Government
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    New Singapore Shares Web Site Based on Public eServices Infrastructure
    Ecquaria Develops Services-on-Demand Site in Matter of Weeks

    The Public eServices Infrastructure (PSi) -- a Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) architecture implementation -- is at the heart of the New Singapore Shares (NSS) Web site developed and deployed for the government of Singapore by Ecquaria, an iForce Solutions partner. The NSS Web site enables Singaporeans to learn online how many shares they are entitled to and to apply for their equivalent in cash.

    Thai Interior Ministry Adopts Sun IT Infrastructure
    Sun Open Net Environment Delivers Services-on-demand Countrywide

    The Thai Ministry of Interior, responsible for administering the vital statistics information for a country of 62 million, recently implemented a Sun IT infrastructure to manage that task. The Central Population Registration (CPR) initiative centralizes the data collected by provincial, municipal and district offices in a single centralized repository that is accessible by numerous governmental agencies and departments.

    Singapore's LawNet Migrates to Sun Solutions
    Web Portal Gives Legal Community Online, Paperless Resources

    LawNet is a one-stop portal for the legal profession in Singapore that covers the full range of services lawyers typically provide, ranging from due diligence on real estate matters to multi-million dollar litigations. Originally developed in a Perl/CGI environment, LawNet has migrated to Sun solutions because CrimsonLogic, the application service provider, determined that Sun best met the stability, performance, cost and customer service requirements of the system.

    New Product Marketplace
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    Ejasent Releases MicroMeasure 2.5
    Data Center Cost Management Software For Heterogeneous Environments

    Ejasent Inc., a utility computing solutions provider for data centers, has shipped its MicroMeasure version 2.5 software. The solution is designed as a data center cost management application that provides improved visibility and IT structuring through usage-based reporting, cost allocation and chargeback of IT assets.

    InView Software Releases Momentum 1.0 for Linux
    Cross-platform, Collaborative Desktop Solution

    The distributed, collaborative desktop software provider, InView Software, has shipped its Momentum 1.0 software for Linux. Momentum is a shared information manager (SIM) that is designed to allow individuals and groups to better organize their daily activities, documents and data.

    Mercator Announces InsideOmgeo CTM
    Complete Solution for Investment Managers and Broker Dealers on the Solaris Operating System

    The Mercator InsideOmego CTM is now available from Mercator Software. The software solution is the latest release from the company's suite of Industry-Ready Integration Solutions and gives investment managers and broker dealers a full solution for central trade matching and management in conjunction with the Omego Central Trade Manager (Omego CTM).

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