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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)

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)

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)

Profiling Netbeans within Amazon EC2

Alan Williamson's Blog It was only a matter of time before we started seeing real how-to's pop up on how we can start profiling our Java applications running deep within the cloud. When my long term friend and colleague, Kirk Pepperdine, started talking about taking his world class Java performance tuning skills out of the server room and into the clouds I was excited. He's just getting started, with this handy start-up for getting your live clouded Java applications directly profiled using Netbeans. The big elephant in the clouds, is of course the fact that the hardware to whic... (more)

Clouds Do Blow Away - Live With It

If you were to believe the hype from the media and certain so called industry experts, you would be forgiven for thinking that cloud computing is the second coming. The answer to all our scaling and usage problems. Everything to everyone. The notion that the "cloud" is always on, or up, is a myth that is being propogated, irresponsibly, around the corridors of tech. As they say, what goes up must come down and software is no different. The measure of a redundant system isn't that it stays up 100% of the time, it's how it copes when parts of its systems go down. Can it heal itse... (more)