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Java Card Platform Specification, v2.2.1
Alignment with Industry Standards

The recently announced Java Card platform specification v2.2.1 is available for download. Enhancements in this version aim to facilitate alignment with smart card industry standards. Java Card version 2.1 applications will run on Java Card 2.2.1 products without any modifications.

Streaming API for XML (StAX) Approved by Java Community Process
Now Available for Download from BEA Systems

After two years in the works, Streaming API for Java (StAX) is available for download from BEA Systems, which spearheaded the Java Community Process effort that took final form in Java Specification Request 173, according to Jim Wagner reporting for InternetNews.com. The new application programming interface (API) is described as a pull API, which means it parses only as much information as necessary for an application in response to a user request.

Taglibs Usability and Lessons
Definitions, Audience, RSS tags, Tree Menus and More

An article on the java.net Web site takes a look at usability of taglibs and discusses the lessons that can be learned from three redesigned case studies. Written by Joshua Marinacci, "Taglibs: Designing Web APIs for the Non-Programmer" explains what taglibs are, their usability and audience, RSS tags, tree menus and source code.

Java Card Demonstrates Interoperability
Technology Scores Well In "Plugtest"

The third annual Java Card Plugtest held in October, 2003, by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), demonstrated real Java Card interoperability with full compatibility expected soon. While a few applications required "recompiling" in order to work, the end result was near 100 percent.

Software
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Factory Installations Now Available for Sun Java Enterprise System
Sun Customer Ready Systems Program Reduces Deployment Time

Through the Sun Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program, the Sun Java Enterprise System can be factory installed and configured on Sun hardware. Sun hardware can be factory-integrated with custom options, systems can be racked, cabled and delivered to the customer's site as a "ready-to-deploy" system.

Sun Management Center Change Manager 1.0.1
Simplifies and Speeds Up Software Stack Configuration and Management

Sun Management Center Change Manager 1.0.1 is a tool designed to allow administrators to manage and provision software configurations as a single, integrated software stack. What's more, combined with Solaris Live Upgrade software, Sun Management Center Change Manager enables software upgrades or changes to servers while they continue to operate. An easy rollback to the previous configuration is also possible in the event of a system failure.

Inca X Announces Jini 2 Plugins for NetBeans IDE
Create and Deploy Jini 2 Technology Services to Remote Hosts

NetBeans IDE and Eclipse users now have access to the Jini technology service creation tools and the service deployment and management semantics of the Inca X platform. Developers can create and deploy Jini 2 technology services to remote hosts.

Events
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LinuxWorld Conference and Expo
January 20-23, New York, NY

LinuxWorld Conference and Expo will bring together participants from all over the world interested in Linux and other open source technologies. Linux is able to offer enterprises enormous cost savings, efficiencies and considerable reliability benefits. The event will be held January 20-23, in New York.

COMDEX Scandinavia 2004
January 20-22, Göteborg, Sweden

COMDEX Scandinavia 2004 will include five keynote speakers along with 60 other speakers focusing on highly topical areas. Several strategic tracks and technical tracks will be available, including Digital Enterprise, Industrial IT and IT Security. The event will take place January 20-22, in Goteborg, Sweden, with Sun as an exhibitor.

Net Talk: StarOffice 7: Breaking the Microsoft Habit
December 11, Online

An upcoming Sun Net Talk will focus on "StarOffice 7: Breaking the Microsoft Habit." The online event will look at how users can take advantage of the new features and cost savings offered by StarOffice 7 software by migrating off Microsoft.

Open Source Summit and Expo
December 11, Burlingame, CA

The Open Source Summit and Expo aims to take a wide ranging look at the technology and business aspects of open source software. The event will include two keynote presentations and four panels on business and technology issues as well as a question and answer follow-up discussion with the audience.

Storage
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Promotion: Save on SAN Switches from McData, Brocade & Sun StorEdge
More Ports for No Additional Cost

Select fibre channel switch products from Brocade, McData and Sun's OEM switch vendors are on a limited time promotion. This is a limited time offer and is only available for orders placed during the promotion period November 11, 2003, through March 31, 2004.

Factory Configurable Options for the Sun StorEdge L8 Autoloader
Choice of LTO gen 1, LTO Gen 2 or SDLT 320 SCSI Drives

Factory configurable options are now available for the Sun StorEdge L8 tape autoloader. It is available with a choice of LTO gen 1, LTO Gen 2 or SDLT 320 SCSI drives. It can be installed in the Sun StorEdge 72", Sun Fire or Sun 900 rack, utilizing the factory configurable Sun StorEdge L8 rackmount kit.

146 GB Drives for the Sun StorEdge 9960 and Sun StorEdge 9910 Systems
Lower Cost per Gigabyte

146 GB 10K RPM hard disk drives (HDD) are available for the Sun StorEdge 9960 and Sun StorEdge 9910 systems, doubling the capacity for these systems. This raises the maximum raw capacity of the Sun StorEdge 9960 system to almost 75 TB and gives the Sun StorEdge 9910 system almost 7 TB in a single integrated controller/array cabinet.

Sysadmin
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Download DTrace, Solaris Operating System Dynamic Tracing Guide
Diagnoses Problems in System Performance

DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) that provides a powerful infrastructure to permit administrators, developers and service personnel to concisely answer arbitrary questions about the behavior of the operating system and user programs. The most recent draft of the Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) Guide is available as a 1 MB PDF download from the BigAdmin services system administration portal.

Keeping Current with Scheduled Changes in the Solaris Operating System
Solaris Next, Solaris Express Help Users Stay up to Date

internetnews.com reporter Michael Singer explained Sun's new strategy for introducing Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) refinements, which includes such programs as Solaris Next and Solaris Express.

Solaris 9 Operating System Labeled a Comprehensive Operating Environment
Changes, Improvements Add Up to More than an Enhanced Solaris 8 OS

More than a year ago (New Architect, October 2002), Stephanos Gosling wrote about the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS), describing the experience of installing and running the new version from the perspective of a veteran user of Solaris 7 OS and Solaris 8 OS. All indications are that Gosling's experience is being borne out by subsequent users of Solaris 9 OS. Article [11546] in this news report's archives concerns a Sun Net Talk on migrating to Solaris 9 OS that should also be of interest.

Hitachi HiCommand Tuning Manager, Hitachi HiCommand Suite
Two New Courses from Sun

Two new courses available from suned.sun.com are Hitachi HiCommand Tuning Manager and Hitachi HiCommand Suite. These offerings will be of interest to Storage Administrators, SAN Solutions Architects, IT Professionals, Marketing Representatives, System Support Engineers, Software Consultants, Technical Support Engineers, Customer Engineers and anyone who needs to have in-depth knowledge of the Hitachi HiCommand Suite software.

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