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Fly me to the moon...let me walk among the stars" or at least America. I am at present sitting in a Continental plane flying over the beautiful Scottish islands, sun beaming in through the window, contemplating the week ahead of me. My destination is Toronto where I will be attending the CFML conference, CFNORTH. It has been very interesting to watch how the CFML community is reacting to the Java releases. Their responses serve to illustrate the point I have been banging on about for the last few months: outside of the Java community, we still have a long way to go in the education and perception of our beautiful language. Allow me to give you another example of ignorance. As luck would have it, the May issue of the in-flight magazine has an article on Web technologies. This article is, of course, aimed at the masses, but let me give you its paragraph on what JSP i... (more)

To Serve or not to Serve

Introduction Just when you were beginning to get the hang of Java and had figured out it was more than just an animation tool, out comes yet another Java-related technology, complete with its own set of rules and conditions to dazzle and confuse. But what is so special about this new one, that we should stop and take note of it? Up until now, Java has been very much associated with the client side of the client/server equation, popping up in applets and Beans. The server side has been relatively untouched. In fact, for a while it looked as if the Java community had forgotten all... (more)

Oracle Enhances Oracle 9iAS

The application server battleground continues to heat up. iPlanet has recently announced some major improvements to their product line. Oracle, too, is wrapping up a new release of their Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) product with updates to their caching and Java technologies. While BEA's WebLogic and IBM's WebSphere are often named as the front-runners in the application server race, we're clearly seeing incredible levels of technical advancement across the board in the middleware space. The Java platform is the technology that makes such rapid improvements possible - ... (more)

How to Create a Gadget for Google Desktop

Alan Williamson's Blog Have you played with Google's Desktop tool? This is basically a strip on the side of your screen that lets you house small applications, called Gadgets. The tool is available for Windows, Linux and Mac so no matter your vice there is a flavour for you. There is a wide variety of Gadgets available, ranging from the usual news tickers and clocks right through to games and even being able to vote if a girl is hot or not! Each gadget is essentially a small Javascript application that is built to a given framework that is provided to by the Google application th... (more)

Microsoft's Azure Bullet Points

 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 cloud space. 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 .NE... (more)