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
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.
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.
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.
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
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  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.