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Come, friends, family and passersby, welcome to the start of a new column, from the good old keyboard of Alan Williamson. Some of you may have read my previous column under the banner name of 'Visual Cafe.' That column looked at various aspects of the Java language, including such goodies as POP and SMTP. This column is going to be somewhat different. I intend to strip away all of the media hype and marketing stories surrounding Java, and present you with a monthly look at the real Java: Java at the frontline. We will look at the problems facing developers on a daily basis: things like playing around with classpath's, shipping releases to other platforms and database drivers. If any of you have particular problems you have come across and successfully resolved, and you feel would be worth sharing, please e-mail me. Or even if you haven't solved them yet, e-mail me a... (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)

JavaScript != Java !!!

If you ever questioned the usefulness or power of blogs, let me remove any remaining doubt you may have with this story. I have my own blog, http://alan.blog-city.com, and I use it primarily as a public scratchboard, noting thoughts and various observations regarding our industry through the eyes of a Java developer. What I find great about the blog is that it enables others to chip in with their thoughts and ideas. You'll discover that all of us at JDJ have blogs you can follow. Now, I thought we had long passed the stage of always defending Java from the old legacy arguments w... (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)

Beautiful Things Come in Small Bundles

Morning or is it afternoon? It could even be evening. Whatever it is, welcome. Another month has rolled in and we're now sailing dangerously close to that Christmas mark again. Goodness, where has the year gone? I've no idea. This is my wee corner of the journalistic minefield of the computing industry. Here I don't teach about Java. I don't take you through the joys of class design or the hell of class threading. Instead I ask you to sit back, push away the keyboard, tether the mouse and prepare yourself for some gentle mental stimulation as I give you some food for thought abou... (more)