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Java Technology
The Participation Age and the Java SE Community
Join in the Development of the Java Development Kit

Sun is promoting an initiative to make the development of the Java Development Kit (JDK) more transparent and create opportunities for collaboration and early feedback from the worldwide developer community. Developers are invited to directly contribute to the implementation of the JDK, and have a hand in improving Java technology.

Sun Developer Network
Free Membership Comes with Priceless Benefits

Developers worldwide have joined the Sun Developer Network (SDN) and are enjoying the benefits this free membership delivers. To become a member, individuals just need to complete an online registration form to gain access to a wide variety of services from SDN as well as other services across Sun.

Mustang Speeds Up New Splash-Screen Functionality
Try the New Java Technology-based Splash Screens
A new feature in the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 6, code named Mustang, allows an application to show a splash screen even before the virtual machine starts. Now, a Java application launcher is able to decode an image and display it in a simple nondecorated window.
Java SE 5.0 Features: XML Validation and XPath Evaluation
Taking Advantage of These Additions to the Java Platform

Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 5.0 features an XML validation package at javax.xml.validation and XPath libraries at javax.xml.xpath. In a September Sun Developer Network site technical article, Robert Eckstein explains these two additions that are now inherent parts of this Java platform.

"Internationalization: Understanding Locale in the Java Platform"
Effective IT Communication Requires Software Localization
The process and philosophy of making software portable to other locales is known as internationalization or localization. In order for a product to be successful in this area, it needs to be technically and culturally neutral. The Java platform uses java.util.Locale objects to represent locales and a recent article by John O'Connor describes this feature's implications for programs.
Sun Learning Connection: A Hosted Learning Solution
Online Access to More Than 5,000 Course Titles

The Sun Learning Connection, a hosted learning solution, delivers an array of eContent maintained and managed by Sun to help increase personal and IT performance, accelerate an organization's ability to achieve high performance eLearning and minimize time, risk, complexity and costs. With over 5,000 titles, these course offerings may be tailored to meet IT professionals' specific needs.

    Take 10% Off Sun Certification Courses Through December 2005
    Covers All Sun Certification Programs

    System administrators, web component developers, Java technology programmers and others can now benefit, through December 2005, from the 10 percent discount Sun is offering to candidates who take one of their Sun certification courses. This offer applies to all Sun certification programs.

    Five New Tutorials on Sun Java Studio Creator 2 Early Access 2
    Keep Up With the Latest Developments
    Five new tutorials are ready for Early Access 2 of Sun Java Studio Creator 2: Using Virtual Forms; Sharing Data Between Two Pages; Understanding Scope and Managed Beans; Performing Inserts, Updates and Deletes; and Developing a Portlet Application. These new tutorials have been added to the previous tutorials and sample applications on the Sun Java Studio Creator.
    "J2SE 5.0 Management, Internals, and Troubleshooting" (DTJ-280)
    Course Teaches Full Range of Skills Needed to Support J2SE 5.0

    The "J2SE 5.0 Management, Internals and Troubleshooting course," DTJ-280, provides students with the knowledge and skills required to understand and support Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) Version 5.0. In this course, students will learn to install, configure and use tools in the J2SE 5.0 JDK, among other skills.

    "Java Programming Language" (CDJ-275)
    Available Now for the U.S. Market on CD-ROM
    The self-paced Java Programming Language course, CDJ-275, now available on CD-ROM, helps experienced programmers learn how to write, compile and run Java technology applications. This course uses a new learning tool specifically created to help students more readily understand the Java programming language syntax and semantics.
    Free and Open Source S/W
    Open Source Web Single-Sign On Technology
    Release Is a Boon for Users and Developers, as Well as for Sun

    Following up on its announcement in July 2005 [14776], Sun is proceeding with the open source release of its Web Single Sign-On technology, which it regards as a common starting point for identity management projects. This release is designed to spare developers the cost of software licenses as part of their project budgets.

    Enterprise Grid Alliance Launches Free End-user Forums
    Sessions Promise to Provide Insight into Power of Grid Technology
    The Enterprise Grid Alliance will be holding free end-user seminars in Santa Clara, London, Munich and Tokyo in an effort to spread the word about the potential and power of enterprise grid computing. These forums will focus on subjects such as real world deployments, industry standards and the future of the marketplace.
    Hal Stern: Open Source is a System
    The Community Helps Make the Glass Slipper a Perfect Fit
    CTO of Sun Software Hal Stern shared his views on the importance of the open sourcing process and its benefits, both to the community and to Sun with Sun's Inner Circle. The chief distinction he makes is that open source is not a product but rather a system.
    Sun Partner Advantage Program Offers Sun Grid Readiness
    Helps ISVs Create Grid Business Models and Solutions

    To help ISVs build solutions based on Sun's grid computing technologies, the company has created the Sun Grid Readiness Offer - a comprehensive new partner solution. Part of the Sun Partner Advantage Program, this offering is designed to help ISVs create innovative new grid business models, drive sales opportunities and deliver solutions using Sun's grid technology.

    Arrow's MOCA Launches Two New Programs Targeting Sun Products
    Sun Solution Providers Offered Support, Sales Incentives

    Arrow Electronics' MOCA Division is introducing a new MOCA Vantage program for Sun solution providers designed to increase its distribution business around Sun products. This program offers enhanced support services and business development for Value Added Resellers (VARs) in the small to medium business (SMB) market.

    Sophos and Sun Enter Into Development/Reseller Agreement
    Technologies Exchanged to Benefit Both Companies, Customers

    Computer security software provider Sophos has engaged in a development and reseller agreement with Sun that calls for Sophos to support the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS), and in turn, Sun will offer Sophos products to its customers. reported that this type of agreement is a global first for both companies.

    Sun Partners With Bango for Easy Delivery of Java-based Games
    Now Offering Try Then Buy Capabilities for Mobile Phones
    Sun has teamed with mobile content enabler Bango to bring mobile phone users Java technology-based games and applications. Announced at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment Conference in September, this new partnership is expected to provide a service with a streamlined user experience to more than 250 wireless carrier networks worldwide.
    MegaRAID Adapters to Support Solaris 10 on x64/x86 Platforms
    LSI Logic Corp. and Sun Collaborate to Offer Customers Choice
    Customers of LSI Logic Corp. and Sun soon will be able to cost-effectively manage, protect and share information using MegaRAID systems and software with the Solaris 10 Operating System on X64/X86 processor-based systems, reported Electronic Engineering Times. The entire family of MegaRAID adapters are expected to support these Sun platforms.
    Sun IT Infrastructure Runs 60% of Top Data Warehousing Implementations
    Winter Corporation Survey Labels Sun a Leader in this Area

    The Winter Corporation's 2005 TopTen Program has found that Sun platforms run six of the top 10 data warehouses on the UNIX platform by measures of both normalized data volume and the number of rows/records. The results clearly put Sun in the front rank of business intelligence data warehousing (BIDW) providers.

    Sun, StorageTek and Synergy
    Merger Positions Sun to Take a Giant Step in the Data Storage Market

    When Sun acquired StorageTek the nay sayers swarmed out of the woodwork, labeling the merger short-sighted and ill conceived, among other things. Mark Ferelli and David Freund are not among that crowd, however, and have written an analysis for Illuminata that explains why.

    Enterprise Strategy Group Offers Overview on Sun StorEdge 6920
    Enterprise Class Features at Midrange Price Point

    The Sun StorEdge 6920 midrange storage system received an enthusiastic appraisal from Tony Asaro of the Enterprise Strategy Group, who called the product an impressive addition to Sun's storage portfolio. Asaro was especially impressed with its enterprise class remote replication and storage virtualization of heterogeneous storage systems.

    Sun Announces Repricing for Sun StorEdge 6920 and Options
    New Price Structure Makes It Hard to Pass on this Solution

    Sun has repriced its Sun StorEdge 6920 storage system [15222] and its options, which brings enterprise-class features to the mid-range storage array market at a price that is hard to match. This storage solution is especially well suited to applications where small, highly random, non-sequential read/write transactions are part of business-critical environments.

      Sun StorEdge 9900 SDLM Software 5.5 for Windows
      Path Management, Software for Failover, Load Switching, Balancing

      Sun has announced the availability of the Sun StorEdge 9900 Dynamic Link Manager (SDLM) Version 5.7 Software for Windows. This solution is a high availability path management software product designed for use with the Sun StorEdge 9900 family of storage array systems.

      NetBeans Releases IDE 5.0 Beta Version and Platform
      Eases Module Plug-in Development and Much More

      The beta release of NetBeans IDE 5.0 is now available. This latest version introduces comprehensive support for developing IDE modules and rich client applications based on the NetBeans platform, the intuitive NetBeans GUI builder Matisse [14781], new and redesigned CVS support, Weblogic9 and JBoss 4 support and editor enhancements.

      NetBeans Mobility Pack 5.0 and Profiler Milestone 9
      Complements Latest IDE With Added Features and Improvements

      Accompanying NetBeans IDE 5.0 beta version and platform are two new NetBeans Add-on Packs for mobility and profiling. The NetBeans Mobility Pack 5.0 beta and the NetBeans Profiler Milestone 9 for NetBeans 5.0 can be downloaded free from the NetBeans Web site. NetBeans IDE 5.0 beta release must be installed before these complementary technologies can be utilized.

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