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Headlines about Sun this week start with the preliminary earnings
announcements and the agreements with Microsoft  and .
The Sun JavaTM Studio Creator early access is now available .
Wal-Mart will sell Microtel computers at very low prices running the
Sun JavaTM Desktop System .
Industry Sections this Week
- Telco: Featuring a solution from Sun, Highdeal Transactive and
Steleus that uses OSS through JavaTM APIs to prevent mobile networks
from revenue incurring losses .
- Life Sciences: To help in the fight against cancer, the Japanese
National Institute of Radiological Sciences will use a solution from Sun
and Rosetta Biosoftware .
In other sections:
- Developer-related features of Sun JavaTM System Application Server,
Platform Edition 8 
- Online seminars on JavaTM 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM)
 and on Data Center innovation 
- Texas Instruments to boost performance of transistors with 65 nm
- More gaming news in the Java Technology section
- Version 4.4 of Sun StorEdgeTM Traffic Manager software released
Agreements Between Sun and Microsoft: End Lawsuit, Share Technology
Cooperation to Preserve Customer Choice
Sun entered into a broad collaboration arrangement with Microsoft to
enable their products to work better together and to settle all pending
litigation between them. The companies have also entered into
agreements on patents and other issues.
Sun Restructures and Cuts Approximately 3,300 Jobs
Third Quarter Results will Include One-time Charges; Jonathan Schwartz Receives Promotion to President and COO
Sun is undergoing restructuring that will result in a workforce
reduction of approximately 3,300 people. The company released
preliminary third quarter revenues of approximately $2.65 billion.
Sun's Jonathan Schwartz has also received a promotion to the position
of President and Chief Operating Officer.
Sun Java Studio Creator Available in Early Access Release
10,000 Developers Get in Line
Developers are sufficiently excited about the early access release of
the Sun Java Studio Creator application development tool that more
than 10,000 have signed up for it.
Sun's x86 Systems Appeal to Automotive, Science, Entertainment, Government Users
Systems Support Solaris Operating System (x86 Platform Editon), Linux, SUSE
The combination of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86
Platform Edition) and Sun's new x86 server offerings has attracted a
variety of customers to Sun IT infrastructure: AutoTrader.com, Delaware
Biotechnology Institute, Postini, Ladbrokes.com, the San Diego
Supercomputer Center and the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular
Biology at the University of Leeds are among the latest customers to
adopt Sun solutions.
Sun Hits Home Run with MLB Advanced Media
Contract for State-of-the-Art Data Center, Support of Interactive Web Site
MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company
of Major League Baseball, contracted Sun to create a state-of-the-art
data center based on Sun's servers, storage systems, Digital Asset
Management Reference Architecture and the Sun Java Enterprise
System. Sun Services' architectural plan will have the data center
ready for the 2004 baseball season.
Sun to Use Denali PureSpec in Design of Next-generation Chips
Faster Time-to-market, Highter Product Quality Expected
Sun has contracted with Denali Software Inc. to use the Denali PureSpec
verification IP to model, simulate and verify the interface between the
next generation Sun chips and other PCI Express compliant devices. The
result for Sun will be detection of interoperability bugs early in the
development cycle and faster time-to-market with a higher quality
Sun to use National Semiconductor Mixed-signal Chip in Gigabit Ethernet
Better Performance, Lower Power Consumption, Reduced System Cost
Sun will use National Semiconductor's new high-performance,
mixed-signal networking chip in its GigaSwift Ethernet product line.
The chip integrates National's Gigabit Ethernet physical layer, its
GigPHYTER core and Sun's Gigabit Ethernet controller. The result:
enhanced performance, reduced power consumption and system cost.
AXA Deploys B2B Wholesale Portal on Award-winning Sun Java System Portal Server
Sun and AXA Financial Win DCI Excellence Award
The 2004 Digital Consulting Inc.(DCI) 2004 Portal Excellence Award was
given to Sun and AXA Financial for the design and deployment of AXA
Financial's multi-portal initiative using the Sun Java System
First Specs in W3C's Speech Interface Framework Released
Now Telephones can Interact with Web-based Services
The first two specifications in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)'s
Speech Interface Framework have been approved. VoiceXML 2.0 and Speech
Recognition Grammar Specification (SRGS) 1.0 will allow telephone
interaction with Web Services via key pads, spoken commands, listening
to pre-recorded speech, synthetic speech and music.
W3C Recommendation Documents on VoiceXML 2.0 & SRGS
The W3C documents on VoiceXML 2.0 and the Speech Recognition Grammar
Specification (SRGS) are available online. They provide details on
background, concepts and use.
Sun & IFS Defense Deliver Advanced Logistics Platform
Provides Business and Asset Management Modules to Defense, Aerospace Markets
Sun and IFS Defense are allied in providing an advanced logistics
platform of software and hardware to aerospace and defense
organizations such as Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. The solution includes
fully integrated business and asset management modules that support the
complex configuration management and maintenance requirements found
within air, land and sea environments.
Bahwan CyberTek Joins Sun's New iForce Collaboration
Partnership to Expand Market of Enterprise Solutions in Middle East
Bahwan CyberTek (BCT) will be part of Sun's new iForce collaboration in
supporting Oracle's e-Business suite in the Middle East. BCT will
leverage Sun's server technology along with Oracle's e-Business suite
special and enterprise edition expertise to develop its enterprise
operations and Web Services. Tech Access will test all products.
Leapstone Adds Service Component to Agreement with Sun
Communications Convergence Engine Service Broker Maximizes VoIP Revenues
Leapstone Systems has extended its agreement to provide the
Leapstone Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) as part of the Sun
iForce Solution for Telecommunications Service Delivery. Now
Leapstone will also furnish specialized professional services for Sun's
end-to-end telecom service delivery solution for both content and
Sun, Deloitte & Touche Provide Employee Life-Cycle Management Solution
Enables Secure, Centralized Management of Employee Access to HR Services
The Employee Life-Cycle Management (ELCM) solution, a joint effort of
Sun and Deloitte & Touche LLP, is now available to help companies
optimize their human resources management systems, chiefly by enabling
the secure, centralized management of employee access to critical
services. The solution combines Deloitte & Touche's i-MAAP identity
management program with the Sun identity management offering.
Sun Java System
Sun Java Desktop System Available at Wal-Mart on Discount Boxes
Solution Comes Preloaded on Microtel Hardware
The Sun Java Desktop System, which comes preloaded on Microtel
Computer Systems hardware, is currently available for purchase at the
discount retailer Wal-Mart. Sun expects to benefit from the Sun Java System
product's new position in front of the broad consumer market and now
considers Wal-Mart to be the PC supplier for the company.
Features of the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8
Free for Development, Deployment and Distribution
A Sun article on the Sun Java System Application Server, Platform
Edition 8 provides a comprehensive summary of the product and its
features. The solution is free for development, deployment and
distribution, and provides a range of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise
Edition (J2EE) 1.4 updates in addition to fully integrated and enhanced
tools and technologies.
JBoost Joins the Sun Java Studio Partner Program
Solution Combines with the Sun Java System Application Server, Enterprise Edition 7 for Lower Costs
The JBoost solution from Ivis Technologies allows Sun Java Studio
developers to take advantage of reusable software assets, which allows
them to concentrate on business logic instead of redundant programming
tasks. As a result, JBoost has become a part of the Sun Java Studio Partner
Benefits of Sun Java System Communications Software over Microsoft Exchange
White Paper Highlights Scalability & TCO
A white paper on the benefits of Sun Java System Communications
software over Microsoft Exchange lists the components of the software
and its advantages over the Microsoft Exchange 5.5. By using the Sun
software instead, the white paper asserts, management will see cost
savings, employees will have more uptime and a familiar user
experience and administrators will appreciate the simplicity of the
Rebranding of Sun ONE Products to Sun Java System -- Part III
More Renamed Products Listed
Sun recently rebranded the Sun Open Net Environment software products as Sun Java System. This is a third list of products rebranded. See articles  and  for prior product information. Continue to check upcoming issues as future products are rebranded.
Tech Tips for the Sun Java System
Nested Tab Container and Extended Desktop Layout
Two tech tips on the Sun Java System Portal Server are available
online: One on how to create a nested tab container on the portal with
portal server; and another on how to extend the
JSPTableContainerProvider class of portal server and support one more
layout on the portal.
Texas Instruments to Boost Transistor Performance with 65 nm Technology
Technology Reduces Power Leakage
A new 65 nanometer (nm) semiconductor manufacturing process technology
from Texas Instruments (TI) is expected to shrink equivalent 90nm
designs by half and boost transistor performance 40 percent. TI plans
to manufacture chips using the process in 2005.
19" LCD Monitor from Sun
Higher Brightness and Contrast
A new 19-inch LCD monitor from Sun is replacing the 18-inch LCD
monitor. It offers 1280x1024 resolution, and a 5:4 aspect ratio to
provide one of the highest quality flat panel monitors available today
for demanding visual applications.
Sun Offering New Hardware Spare Parts
Available for Sun Fire V60x, V65x Servers and Sun Blade 2500 Workstations
Sun is offering miscellaneous hardware spare parts on the Sun Fire
V60x servers, Sun Fire V65x servers and the Sun Blade 2500 workstations. Sun
hardware spares come with a
one year warranty. Any design improvements made to these parts have
been incorporated by Sun engineering and undergone factory testing to
maximize interoperable compatibility.
H&W Web Seminars: Optimize Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition Applications
April 6 & June 22, Online
John VanSant of Sun and Todd Mann of H&W present a free
two-part Web seminar series on optimizing Java 2 Platform,
Enterprise Edition (J2EE) applications. The seminars are geared
toward developers, designers and architects using the Java
programming language. The dates are April 6 and June 22.
Data Center Innovation eSeminar
April 15, Online
Join Sun Enterprise systems executives at an upcoming eSeminar
addressing solutions for improving data center performance. This
eSeminar will take a comprehensive look at Sun's new multi-threaded
throughput computing systems. Register now and receive an exclusive CD
containing a comprehensive library of Sun BluePrints books and
Desktop Linux Summit
April 22-23, San Diego, CA
The Desktop Linux Summit 2004 focuses exclusively on issues of Linux on
the Desktop and the companies that sell, market or promote Desktop
Linux-based products, services, applications and technologies. The
summit will be held April 22 and 23 in San Diego, California.
Enhanced Developer Tools Add Usability, Productivity with Sun's Latest Server
Recently Released Sun Java System Application Server, Platform Edition 8
The recent release of the Sun Java System Application Server,
Platform Edition 8 comes with
numerous developer tools and deployment methods. As the first
compatible implementation of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise
Edition (J2EE) 1.4 specification, this updated server provides the
foundation for delivering enterprise-class application services and Web
Core Java Tech Tips Address JFileChooser and Exception Handling
Learn How to Customize JFileChooser and Best Practices in Exception Handling
The latest tech tips on the Core Java Technologies Web site address
customizing JFileChooser and best practices in exception handling, both
of which were developed using Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition, v 1.4.2
and written by John Zukowski, president of JZ Ventures, Inc.
Developer Services with the Sun Java Studio Enterprise
Get the Services and Access to Upcoming Web Events
Sun Java Studio Enterprise is a unified platform of tools, support
and developer services for developing applications in a productive
environment. A subscription provides developers with online technical
support, a community forum and interactive Webinars and chats -- two coming up in April.
"Enterprise Java Security"
Creating a Secure Enterprise Infrastructure Made Up of Java Technology-based Enterprise Applications
The new book, "Enterprise Java Security," is designed to be a
comprehensive guide to Java technology security. It focuses on the applicability of Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) and
Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) security
technologies in creating a secure enterprise infrastructure that is
mainly made up of Java technology-based enterprise applications.
For Intermediate-level Java Technology Programmers Interested in Becoming Gurus
Robert Simmons' new book aims to address the lack of quality titles that
are able to raise an intermediate-level Java technology programmer
to the status of guru. Not for the beginner, "Hardcore Java" offers
readers insight into those secrets of Java technology programming that
are both difficult and rarely understood.
"WebLogic: The Definitive Guide"
A 360 Degree View of the World of WebLogic
Developers, programmers, administrators and system architects wanting a
complete handbook on WebLogic should take note of "WebLogic: The
Definitive Guide." Authors Jon Mountjoy and Avinash Chugh provide an
in-depth look at WebLogic versions 7 and 8.1 supplying a useful tool
for developing and managing applications.
"Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, 3/E"
Demonstrating the Changes Quickly Occurring in the Field of Networking
A new book by Keith W. Ross aims to demonstrate the changes quickly
occurring in the field of networking, and offer a top-down approach to
the subject. The third edition of "Computer Networking: A Top-Down
Approach Featuring the Internet" features updates on wireless and mobility.
McNealy Nixes Open-source Version of Java Technology Code
Current Licensing Said to Give Adequate Access to Source Code
There will not soon be an open-source version of Java technology
despite the entreaties of Eric Raymond, president of the Open Source
Initiative, and Rod Smith, IBM's VP for emerging technologies, both of
whose open letters failed to persuade Scott McNealy, president, CEO and
chairman of Sun, that such a move was in the best interests
of the Java programming language.
IGN/Gamespy Opens the Door to Java Technology-based Developers
Sun Sees Productive Synergy in Working with Gaming Leader
IGN/GameSpy has extended its market reach by adding Java
technology-based platforms to the several platforms its gaming products
already support. With its revised IGN/GameSpy software development
kits, the vendor now allows Java programming language developers to
integrate the company's "Powered by GameSpy" technology into their
Sun Continues Refinements to Open-source Java Media APIs
Gives Game Developlers Use of Enhanced Audio, 3-D Graphics, Input Devices
Ever since the release at the 2003 JavaOne Conference of several
new application programming interfaces (APIs), Sun has continued to
refine these solutions that address three essential game features: 3-D
graphics, audio and input devices.
New Features Make MIDP 2.0 Even More Useful to Game Developers
Version is Less Reliant on Proprietary Technologies, Closer to Truly Portable Code
The Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP), the Java runtime
environment for phones, entry-level PDAs and other similar mobile
information devices, has a number of new features that make for easier
BBC Explores Mobile User Interaction with TV via Java Technology
Application Would Allow Playalong Capability from Mobile Phone
New Media Age recently reported on the BBC's efforts to enhance the
television viewing experience by enabling audience interaction with
programming through a Java technology-enabled mobile phone.
Complexity of Java Technology Seen as Slowing Adoption of Platform
Competition to Remain Stiff Between .Net, Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
Meta Group foresees fierce competition between Java technology and
.Net over the next couple of years, reports Robert Jaques for VNUNet.com.
Even though a number of companies have selected Java technology as
their platform for enterprise development, Meta Group sees a slowdown
in the rate of future Java technology adoptions because of the
complexity issues that will be heightened by the competition itself.