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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.

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.

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.

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.

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