Over the last few months I have made more than a passing reference to the
fact that I personally feel that, in its present state, Java doesn't stand
much chance on the desktop against the march of Microsoft's WinForm
technology from the .NET Framework. A view, I have discovered, shared by many
of you. Before I go on, let me clarify my position here so we are all on the
same page. The frameworks currently available to the Java developer from the
standard JDK, of course, are AWT and Swing. Naturally we are not talking
about other client-side technologies, such as SWT, Thinlets, and Droplets to
name a few, but more on them later.
The less said about AWT the better. It doesn't even stand up to the
functionality of an HTML page with a basic FORM embedded in it. But we were
told not to despair, Sun promised a much better technology was in the works.
We were then presente... (more)
Alan Williamson's Blog
The line between what is considered a cloud and what is paramount to hosting
is a blurry line at the best of times. What qualifies a companies offering as
a cloud based product offering? That is a question that is continually
debated in the cloud circles and no one has really yet to offer a real
Setting aside all the marketing buzzwords that will get thrown in
"scalability" / "on-demand" / "deploy", a cloud offering has to deliver on
For me when words like those are thrown around I want to see:
The ability to start u... (more)
As the theme tune to the classic 1984 Ghostbusters movie goes, "If there's
something strange, in your neighborhood, Who ya gonna call?", I am left
wondering what we'll all be singing (shouting?) when something goes wrong in
our cloud world. When you've got your whole business in the cloud and there
is an outage, just what happens to your bottom line? What happens to your
customers? What do you do?
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As the richness of our cloud-oriented world grows, this is becoming a serious
consideration. We've come to rely, for... (more)
A very simple POJO Java class for accessing all of the features of Amazon's
SQS web service.
Full API support. No dependencies. Just use it!
OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board Members Announced Schwartz Attacks GPL;
Sun's Mention of "Stewardship" Has People Thinking of JavaAt the inaugural
Open Source Business Conference, which opened today in San Francisco,
Jonathan Schwartz has been giving a keynote. We bring here an early
on-the-spot report, written by former JDJ editor-in-chief and LinuxWorld
Magazine founding editor, Alan Williamson.
Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems, today opened up the
spring Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco. The OSBC is
aimed at the business side... (more)