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)
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
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)
"We are in an ideal position to accelerate our business to continue our
leadership in this rapidly advancing cloud market," says RightScale CEO
Michael Crandell, in this Exclusive Q&A with the editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's
Cloud Computing Journal, Alan Williamson. "We decided the timing was right to
create a war chest that would take us to profitability," Crandell added.
Earlier this month RightScale snagged $13M in a Series B round of venture
Here's the interview in full:
Cloud Computing Journal: $13M is quite a chunk of change to raise in this
climate. Was this about w... (more)
Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is announced in limited beta.
Lots of interesting features and once again, they have moved the cloud world
Alan Williamson's Blog
I have recently updated the beautiful class that Ian Schumacher originally
developed to access Amazon's SimpleDB without using any external
Back in July I made some enhancements to this class by adding a very simple
in-class XML parser that would pull back the results in a format that the
calling class could actually use.
I have added a couple of new methods to catch the new methods added by Amazon
to SimpleDB. Namely the QueryWithAttributes directive that lets you pull back
all the attributes for a given Item that matches the query results... (more)