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Last month, we started this column by looking at the development tool, Visual Café Pro. Visual Café Pro makes the perfect companion for the developer, giving instant access to the editor, on-line help and runtime environments. The main goal of this column will be to teach the reader the power behind Java by using Visual Café Pro, one of the most popular integrated development environments in use today. There are many ways to teach Java. Some are good, some bad. I have always felt the best way to learn about anything is through example. Show somebody how it works and suddenly a lot of confusion is eliminated. For this reason, this column will develop a complete client/server application that can be deployed to both Internet and Intranet scenarios. Each installment will take the application a stage further, adding more and more functionality to it. Eventually, you wi... (more)

Dukey, Meet Tux

Unless you've been stranded on a re- mote government testing station in outermost Mongolia, you'll know that the new kid on the block is sticking around and making some serious inroads on corporate America. I am, of course, talking of Linux, and with that, welcome to the Linux Focus Issue of JDJ. Unless you've been stranded on a re- mote government testing station in outermost Mongolia, you'll know that the new kid on the block is sticking around and making some serious inroads on corporate America. I am, of course, talking of Linux, and with that, welcome to the Linux Focus Issue... (more)

Google Web Toolkit: Finally Java Has Been Put into JavaScript!

For many years, Java and web developers alike have had to explain to the unwitting that JavaScript had absolutely nothing to do with Java. It was one of the great marketing gaffes of the mid-90s. They were no more alike than chalk and cheese. But in the last six months, I've had to lay down my placard and walk away from the picket line with a smile on my face and a skip in my step. Finally Java has been put into JavaScript. I have a great respect for Mother Nature. No matter what you throw at her, she has a wonderful way of always balancing the books and our world's favourite acc... (more)

Cloud Computing Bootcamp Announced, Learn What All the Fuss Is About

Alan Williamson's Blog Everywhere you look, someone somewhere is talking about clouds. Cloud this, cloud that, what on earth is all this fuss about? Well the good news, as with most technologies it's never as complicated as the marketing hype would lead you to believe. We've been working in the 'cloud' world for over 2 years now, with many a large installation under our belts. We've worked with all the major cloud providers and deploying fault tolerant solutions both within and outwith the cloud. We were invited to conduct a 'boot camp', that would take people through how the... (more)

Clouds Do Blow Away - Live With It

If you were to believe the hype from the media and certain so called industry experts, you would be forgiven for thinking that cloud computing is the second coming. The answer to all our scaling and usage problems. Everything to everyone. The notion that the "cloud" is always on, or up, is a myth that is being propogated, irresponsibly, around the corridors of tech. As they say, what goes up must come down and software is no different. The measure of a redundant system isn't that it stays up 100% of the time, it's how it copes when parts of its systems go down. Can it heal itse... (more)