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)
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, A... (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)
Alan Wiliamson's Blog
Finally, after years of providing just a command line interface to their web
services, Amazon has released a web based management console. Has it been
worth the wait? In a nutshell, yes.
We knew this day was coming, and 8th of January was that day.
Built using Yahoo's YUI framework, using JSP at the backend, Amazon's
engineers have delivered a very rich, functional and darn right stunning
looking console. It begs you to want to use it.
The first you notice instantly is how clean everything is laid out, choice of
colours and controls just flow beaut... (more)
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)