The 2004 JavaOneSM Conference headlines this week's issue with the
introduction of the JavaTM 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SETM) 5.0 . Commercial availability of the Sun JavaTM Studio Creator was announced  along with a promotion offering this tool free with a SunSM Developer Network Subscription . Read about the Sun Java Studio Creator's multiple configuration availability  and get details on a new book that examines this recent release .
Also making news, Sun's contributions of Project Looking Glass, Java 3DTM
technology, among others to the open source community . Project
Kitty Hawk's introduction as a new Sun initiative was revealed as an
expansion of SOA-enabling capabilities in multiple Sun products
The release of NetBeansTM 4.0 is enticing developers with its full
JavaTM 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM) application development capabilities , which were announced by Dr. James Gosling, who also revealed his thoughts on Sun's future . Keynote speeches by Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy  and Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz  are also featured.
Other releases covered this week include the JavaTM Dynamic
Management Kit Version 5.1 for J2SE platform , Java Desktop
Network Components API  and Sun StorEdgeTM 6920 System
Java Technology Innovations Contributed to Open Source Community
Project Looking Glass, Java 3D, JDIC, JDNC Now Available on java.net
Sun announced a major contribution to the open source community by
making four of its Java technology innovations freely available on
java.net. Project Looking Glass, Java 3D technology, JDesktop
Integration Components (JDIC) and JDesktop Network Components (JDNC)
are now available to the Java technology developer community as part of
J2SE 5.0 Beta Available with More than 100 New Features
Release Sets SPECjbb 2000 Benchmark for 64-bit Two-way Systems
Sun's Project Tiger has matured and resulted in the release of the
Java 2 Platform Standard Edition (J2SE platform) Version
5.0, Beta 2. Accompanying the release was news of the latest benchmark results
for the solution, which show it as capable of delivering 59,648 JBB
operations per second on the SPECjbb 2000 on a 64-bit two-way system.
Free Sun Java Studio Creator with Sun Developer Network Subscription
Visual Development Tool Aimed at Skilled Developers
Sun released its Sun Java Studio Creator under a new subscription
model that offers the software free when users subscribe to the Sun
Developer Network program at a cost of USD$99 per developer per year.
Designed for skilled developers, Sun Java Studio Creator is a visual
development tool capable of rapid delivery of business-critical
Sun Developer Network Facilitates Community Involvement
Membership and Promotional Offers Aim to Entice Developers
The Sun Developer Network is offering two new membership levels
along with two developer promotions. This announcement is part of the
Sun initiative to keep developers on Java technology's cutting edge
and provide them with access to Java technology products, programs, information, tools and equipment.
Vodafone VFX to be Based on Java Technology for the Wireless Industry
Promises Enriched Next Generation 3G Mobile Services
Vodafone VFX is a new platform based on the Java Technology for the
Wireless Industry (JTWI) technology specification, along with other
third-party technologies. The result of an active collaboration between
Vodafone and Sun, Vodafone VFX will help Vodafone monetize data
services and deliver rich, secure, next-generation 3G communications
experience to its Vodafone live! customers.
Project Kitty Hawk Seeks to Expand Service-oriented Architecture in Sun Products
Sun Also Offers Service-oriented Architecture Readiness Assessment Program
Project Kitty Hawk, a new initiative encompassing expanded
service-oriented architecture (SOA)-enabling capabilities in Sun
products, is underway. Project Kitty Hawk is designed to enable a new
breed of enterprise software built around Java technology-based Web
Services, incorporating an SOA programming model and an open,
New Member Elected to Sun Microsystems Board of Directors
Intuit Inc. President and CEO Stephen Bennett Steps on Board
Sun Microsystems Board of Directors elected Intuit Inc. President and
CEO Stephen Bennett to the company's Board of Directors with an
immediate effective date. Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy attributed
Bennett's successful business experience and reputation as key factors
in Bennett's nomination and appointment.
Top Articles from Last Issue, Current and Last Volumes
Vol 76 Issue 4, Vol 76, Vol 75
Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently
referenced by logged in subscribers to provide you with the most
popular articles of the current and last volumes. The Web version
of this article has the top 10 articles. The top article last
week was "Interoperability? Sun Is Already There"
. The top article for this volume is still "Sun Confirms
Plans to Open Source Solaris Operating System" .
Schwartz Declares Java Technology "On Fire!"
Cites $120 Billion Economy, New Markets, Innovations as Fueling the Flames
Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz's keynote address at the 2004
JavaOne Conference defined Java technology as the soon-to-be
"de facto standard for the worldwide network." Schwartz's opening speech,
delivered to the world's largest Java technology developer and partner conference,
touched on Sun's latest product releases and strategic developments.
McNealy Discusses Red Hat, Microsoft and Java Technology
Sun CEO Reaffirms Java is Everywhere
Red Hat and Microsoft were formally invited by Sun Chairman and CEO
Scott McNealy to join the Java Community Process during his keynote
speech at the 2004 JavaOne Conference, and he stated that greater
things would be made possible for the community with these two
companies as active participants.
Sun's Future Goals Regarding Tools, Microsoft and Research
Gosling Shares His Thoughts
Deemed the father of Java programming language, Dr. James Gosling
spoke with Janice J. Heiss recently about his work as Chief Technology
Officer of Sun's Developer Products group, his views on the
Sun-Microsoft Agreement and his current research project entitled Jackpot.
Ireland's Largest Banking and Financial Services Organization Selects Sun
Sun Java Desktop System Makes Business Sense to Allied Irish Bank
Allied Irish Bank (AIB) will transition all of its branch staff in the
Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom to the Sun
Java Desktop System in 2005, making it the largest financial
services enterprise deal for this Sun product.
Sun Java System
Sun Java Studio Creator 2004Q2 New Configurations
Available as a Sun Developer Network Subscription
The Sun Java Studio Creator is currently available as a part of the
Sun Developer Network (SDN) subscriptions program. This marks the
first commercial release of the Java development environment for
the corporate developer marketplace. The SDN is available in both a
standard and professional configuration.
"Java Studio Creator Field Guide"
Book Looks at the Next Generation Tool, Formerly Known as Project Rave
In the "Java Studio Creator Field Guide," authors Paul Anderson and
Gail Anderson take a look at the next generation tool, formerly known
as Project Rave, for Java technology application development. The book
aims to allow readers to spend less time on "plumbing," and more time
on tasks of higher value.
Sun and iWay Software to Provide Integration Adapter Solutions
Intelligent Integration Adapters for Sun Java Enterprise System
Sun is partnering with iWay Software to deliver intelligent integration
adapters to Sun Java Enterprise System customers. As part of the
contract, iWay Software will provide optimized adapters for
connectivity to mission-critical back-end systems using the Sun
Java System Application Server 7 or 8.
Sun Java System Identity Server and ISVs Integrate for Identity Library
Short Development Cycles, Consistent Identity, Web Access Safeguards Result from Effort
The Identity Library ISVs details the integrations of the Sun Java
System Identity Server (formerly Sun ONE Identity Server) and
Independent Software Vendors' products (ISVs). From Oracle to
PeopleSoft to SAP, this library can assist in shortening development
cycles, ensuring identity consistency and safeguarding accesses to Web
and other resources.
Java Dynamic Management Kit Released in Version 5.1 for J2SE Platform
Enables Building Secure, Interoperable Monitoring, Management Applications
Version 5.1 of the Java Dynamic Management Kit (JDMK) provides a set of Java classes and tools, allowing easy development of
secure monitoring and management solutions based on the Java Management
Extensions (JMX) Specifications and on the SNMP standards. This minor
release, which is fully compatible with the previous JDMK 5.0 major
release, updates the product functionality by providing support for the
latest set of JMX Specifications.
Merging PDF Files in Linux Without Adobe Acrobat
Try Using Ghostscript, joinPDF or pdfmeld
Scott Nesbitt addresses the issue of combining multiple files from
diverse sources into a single PDF file in Linux, which lacks the
facility that Adobe Acrobat provides both Windows and MacOS. Nesbitt
reviews three Linux command line utilities, Ghostscript, joinPDF and
pdfmeld, which he finds bridge the gap nicely.
"A Primer for Aspect-Oriented Programming in Java"
Will AOP Displace Object-Oriented Programming? Maybe Not.
Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) has attracted enough enthusiasts that
some developers consider the model a successor to object-oriented
programming (OOP). Not so fast, suggests Tim Stevens in his informIT
article "A Primer for Aspect-Oriented Programming in Java."
"Better, Faster, Lighter Java" by Bruce Tate and Justin Gehtland
Don't Overlook the Simpler, Possibly Better Solution
Unless you are a developer or programmer in Java programming language
who is working on problems involving huge enterprise frameworks, there
may be better tools for you to use than BEA WebLogic, JBoss or
WebSphere. "Better, Faster, Lighter Java" considers the alternatives.
Education and Research
Stanford University Creates Architectural Model of Information Services
Sun Provides IT Infrastructure for World Class Archival Solutions
The Stanford University Libraries/Academic Information Resources
(SUL/AIR) administration recognized early on that its collection was
shifting from an assemblage of controllable analog information to an
uncontrolled but flexible assemblage of digital information. In
response, the Stanford Center of Excellence for Knowledge Management
was created to provide a unified architectural view of information
Oxford University Theoretical Physics Department Picks Sun, Streamline Computing
Consolidates Three Outdated Legacy Systems, Updates Desktops
When Lory Rice, computer manager of the theoretical physics
sub-department at Oxford University, came on the scene in 1995, he
found an inefficient and disconnected IT infrastructure that was
entirely inadequate to the job required of it. The Sun/Streamline
Computing solution that replaced it, at Rice's direction, now enables
the department to meet its computing obligations in a way that was
impossible ten years ago.
University of Maryland University College Turns to Sun, PeopleSoft Solution
Consolidates Three Legacy Systems onto One UltraSPARC System
The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) -- the world's
largest online university, offering 500 courses to students in 28
countries -- has launched plans to consolidate its three disparate
legacy systems onto a single Sun UltraSPARC system running its
PeopleSoft implementation to host its financial, HR and student
Idaho Schools Consolidate 17 Legacy Systems on Sun IT Infrastructure
System Provides Administrative Support, Resources; Enables NCLB Compliance
The State of Idaho until recently had 17 separate student information
systems in use. Most of these were incompatible. A Sun IT
infrastructure has enabled Idaho to create the Idaho Student
Information Management System (ISIMS), which provides resources for
students, teachers, administrators and parents while creating a
mechanism for the state to comply with the mandates of No Child Left
Java Desktop Network Components API Released as Open Source Project
Sun Invites Developer Community to Help Shape this New Technology
The newly released Java Desktop Network Components (JDNC)
application programming interface (API) is available to the community
as an open source project. Amy Fowler, technical lead for the JDNC
project, explained to JDJ News Desk that Sun hopes to enlist the
developer community in shaping the API to serve the needs of that
community as completely as possible.
Sun Offers Two New Certification Programs
Mobile Application Developer for J2ME and Developer for Java Web Services
Sun has added two new certification offerings to its learning and
certification programs that now include seven career paths encompassing
all three Java technology platforms: Sun Certified Mobile
Application Developer for Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition
(J2ME) and the Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services.
JavaServer Faces v.1.0 Specification, Reference Implementation
Final Release Ready for Download
JavaServer Faces v1.0 Specification and JavaServer Faces v1.0
Reference Implementation are available for download, along with the
JavaServer Faces Tutorial.
"Java Reflection in Action"
Sharpen Programming Skills for More Effective Application Design
Design flexible applications that are easily modified and updated.
"Java Reflection in Action" starts with the basics and gradually builds
a complete understanding of the language. Authors Ira and Nate Forman
supplement the basics with reflective concepts illustrated with many
short examples that are useful for real-world applications.