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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 of JDJ. We've pulled together a number of articles that offer you a window into the world of Linux and show how you, as a Java developer, can utilize this new tool emerging on the horizon. For a number of years now Linux was not given the respect it deserved. Many large blue chips dismissed ... (more)

Swing Is Swinging Java Out of the Desktop

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... (more)

Live at JavaOne: Alan Williamson Blogs the Project Rave Keynote

(Editor's note: This report is taken from Alan Williamson's JavaOne 2003 blog. Here, he's upfront and center at the debut of Project Rave.) (June 11, 2003) - This is being blogged LIVE, as and when it happens, here at the Moscone. It's raw and uncut! Watching Project Rave live, and it crashed!!! Rich Green is winging it... and is struggling. And still we are waiting... phew... it's come up! And oops - the event trigger didn't work! Demo not going too well here... I wonder what Microsoft thinks now. And that was it ... the big tool for that is going to kill Eclipse and take over Vi... (more)

SOA & Cloud Bootcamp: Comparing Cloud Computing Providers

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)

Once Again, Amazon Moves the Cloud World Forward

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is announced in limited beta. Lots of interesting features and once again, they have moved the cloud world forward. ... (more)