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Introduction Just when you thought it was safe to start learning Java, along comes yet another new technology from the those clever boffins at SunSoft, to confuse and dazzle the developer. Fortunately, it's not as complicated as it sounds. Jeeves is the name of the new Java Server API that defines a mechanism and framework for creating connection-oriented server applications. This article will take a look at what Jeeves is aiming to accomplish and why it is a much better solution to the technologies being offered today. We will conclude with a look at the time honored tradition of the Hello World' program, complete with all the source code and supporting files needed to create this masterpiece. Servlets A servlet is simply the program that runs in response to a connection or request from the client. The popularity of Java can be attributed to the Internet, and, the... (more)

Anybody Out There?

This column looks at the construction of an Intranet-based contact manager known as Informer. In previous articles, I have looked at the building blocks of Informer, and how easy it was to use Symantec's dbAnywhere package to provide all of the database connectivity. For those of you following this column, you will have noted that very little actual code has been produced manually. This is due to Visual Café's excellent drag and drop interface. I could attempt to continue the complete construction of Informer without having to produce a single line of code myself, but that would ... (more)

The Data Series

Data You just can't get away from it. No matter what you do, a certain amount of data is always generated. One of the more profound quotes of the day can be attributed to Peter Large of Information Anxiety, where he once said: "More Information has been produced in the last 30 years than in the previous 5,000. About 1,000 books are published internationally every day, and the total of all printed knowledge doubles every eight years." A sobering thought. Data is to the developer what heat is to the physicist. They share the same dilemma; for every operation a small amount of heat or... (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)

Source Code — It's Not Pretty

I've had an interesting month, I can tell you. This was the month we had our annual n-ary Halloween party. The time of year when we go a little wild, dress up stupidly, and generally make a right tit of ourselves. This year I decided to don a genie outfit as opposed to the eighteenth century ladies garb I borrowed last year. It was a good do, couldn't complain. We all got horribly drunk, sang awful '70s songs in true karaoke style, and watched fireworks light up the sky. Thankfully it only comes once a year, and even then it doesn't seem 52 weeks since the last time. Amazing how ... (more)