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
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.
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 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
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.
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