Alan Williamson's Blog
We knew it was coming, the leafs were rustling and the wind was blowing.
Yesterday Microsoft finally released their vision for their offering into the
They have published a whitepaper on Azure so with that, here are the
highlights from that whitepaper.
High level view: "a platform for running Windows applications and storing
their data in the cloud" Four main areas; Windows Azure base, .NET services,
SQL services and Live services All Azure applications run within Microsoft's
data centers accessible via the Internet Applications built on .NET will only
be able to run in Azure (non .NET apps possibly in 2009) Developers will use
Visual Studio 2008 Azure supports background processes that run independent
from the web app Access to the Azure Storage service is via REST API (which
isn't MS SQL Server) Storage is not strictly SQL (R... (more)
Like many of you, I keep an eye on what Sun is doing as a company. I keep an
eye on their press releases, official statements, and general product lines.
I don’t necessarily pay a great deal of attention to the output unless it
specifically mentions Java because, as we know, there is more to Sun than
I’ve known about their "Mad Hatter" (Linux desktop) project for some time
now. It’s essentially a collection of open source projects, all designed to
work together in one desktop, running initially on Linux. This is Sun’s
continued play to become a single-stop solutions co... (more)
As I write, it's the day after Boxing Day. I was supposed to have this
written yesterday, but to tell the truth I just couldn't find my muse...so
today will have to do. As I wake up this morning I see in horror the latest
on a madman who let loose with a firearm on his work colleagues. Sadly,
nothing terribly new in that fact for a nation that's so proud of its right
to bear arms. However, this particular instance had it occurring within an
Internet consultancy company. This industry is no longer as safe as the
career officer once promised.
Over this festive period we've been fe... (more)
I know what you're thinking: What happened to Straight Talking? It's a good
question, and most certainly deserves an answer. As seasoned JDJ readers
know, Straight Talking was a regular column for over two years. But as much
as I loved "talking" to you every month, the time has come to move on and
introduce a whole new column/format.
As you know, I have the honor of sitting on the editorial board of JDJ with
the title of "Industry News Editor." So what does this mean? Well, in a
nutshell, I get to hear about all the juicy things going on in the industry a
wee bit before the mass... (more)
Alan Williamson's Blog
It was only a matter of time before we started seeing real how-to's pop up on
how we can start profiling our Java applications running deep within the
cloud. When my long term friend and colleague, Kirk Pepperdine, started
talking about taking his world class Java performance tuning skills out of
the server room and into the clouds I was excited.
He's just getting started, with this handy start-up for getting your live
clouded Java applications directly profiled using Netbeans.
The big elephant in the clouds, is of course the fact that the hardware to