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I’ve just come back from hosting room another packed Cloud Computing Bootcamp, at the Cloud Computing Expo in Prague, Europe. We’ve done a number of these bootcamps in the last 6 months and we’re starting to see a common theme of questions bubble through. Namely, how fast is it, and what support can I expect? SOA & Cloud Bootcamp June 22-23, New York City We’re starting to see a number of real alternatives pop up on the cloud infrastructure scene now. In the past year alone, we’ve seen the number of providers nearly double, starting to give the ‘grandaddy’ of cloud computing, Amazon, a run for its money. So now we have real choice to build solutions that are no longer locked into a particular provider - assuming of course we don’t immerse ourselves too deeply in their feature list. But how can you compare providers? The first comparison point is of course performan... (more)


Recently I have been tasked with building an IMAP server.  Not a true IMAP server we are merely using IMAP as an interface to another system.  So I am developing the proxy class library which involves writing all the communications and command processing for the IMAP protocol.  I first had a look around at various projects to see if there was something I could hook into quickly.  Sadly the Apache JAMES project isn't supporting IMAP yet and even if it did, it would still be a little heavy for our requirements.  The quickest thing is to implement the handful of commands from the IM... (more)

What Does it All Mean?

Wireless - what a stupid word. When all's said and done, what does it really mean? Is it just another word the computing industry has hijacked for its own ill-gotten gains? After some searching around I came up with a number of definitions for the infamous word: 1. To communicate (a message) or communicate with (someone) by radio telephone or telegraph 2. Without, or operating, transmitted, or the like without, wires; a wireless message I guess that sort of fits into where the word is being deployed. That makes me feel a lot better. But what does it really mean? What does it mean ... (more)

Sun "Believes In IP" But Not In "IP Colonialism," Says Schwartz at Open Source Conference

OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board Members Announced Schwartz Attacks GPL; Sun's Mention of "Stewardship" Has People Thinking of JavaAt the inaugural Open Source Business Conference, which opened today in San Francisco, Jonathan Schwartz has been giving a keynote. We bring here an early on-the-spot report, written by former JDJ editor-in-chief and LinuxWorld Magazine founding editor, Alan Williamson. Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems, today opened up the spring Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco. The OSBC is aimed at the business side... (more)

Producing Animations with Java

With the continual onslaught of the Internet and the World Wide Web, surfers are now getting bored with just flat, lifeless pages. Over the past year, many tools have emerged for the Web developer to experiment with. For example, Netscape's support of the Gif89a graphic standard allowed sites to take advantage of a relatively simple flicker book style animation. Although simple, control of such animation is very limited. Animation is just one of the many things Java can be applied to. This article will show the reader some techniques used in producing animation's with Java, and w... (more)