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Alan Williamson's Blog (August 17, 2006) - This week at LinuxWorld Laurie Tolson gave reporters an update on the planned release of Java and its associated tools under an open source license.  By the end of the year, javac and the hot spot compiler will be released.  The precise license details haven't yet been announced yet - that is the part of the equation they are wrestling with the most since there are components within the JDK that aren't theirs to open source.  Politics and licenses aside, let us look at what this means for the humble Java developer, the troops in the trenches churning out code daily. The first and natural concern is of course the dreading forking.  Forking is when two people make two different changes to the same code base resulting in an incompatibility with one another.  This scenario is Java armageddon - the one we all fear the most.  We ha... (more)

Java Is for Life... Not Just for Christmas

Well, here we are again, decking the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, and all that sort of nonsense... The time of year when the opportunity to steal a kiss from the secretary isn't an actionable offense (assuming, of course, that you catch her - or him - under the mistletoe and not just as you're waiting for the printer to finish. So be careful). It's been an exciting year, but I'm going to leave my reflection article to the next one, when it'll be the millennium and - with any luck - we should all be here in one piece. As we run up to the end of the cent... (more)

Does Sun's Desktop System 'Hijack' the Java Brand?

Like many of you, I keep an eye on what Sun is doing as a company. I keep an eye on their press releases, official statements, and general product lines. I don’t necessarily pay a great deal of attention to the output unless it specifically mentions Java because, as we know, there is more to Sun than just Java. I’ve known about their "Mad Hatter" (Linux desktop) project for some time now. It’s essentially a collection of open source projects, all designed to work together in one desktop, running initially on Linux. This is Sun’s continued play to become a single-stop solutions co... (more)

Updated Simple Java API class for Amazon SimpleDB

 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 dependencies. 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)

Is Aptana Really a Cloud?

 Alan Williamson's Blog The line between what is considered a cloud and what is paramount to hosting is a blurry line at the best of times. What qualifies a companies offering as a cloud based product offering? That is a question that is continually debated in the cloud circles and no one has really yet to offer a real concrete reason. Setting aside all the marketing buzzwords that will get thrown in "scalability" / "on-demand" / "deploy", a cloud offering has to deliver on its hype. For me when words like those are thrown around I want to see: Scalability The ability to start u... (more)