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Welcome to your monthly dose of controversy - the part of the magazine where I ask you to push back the keyboard, stop debugging that Java class that has been bugging you for the past couple of hours and get your shot of caffeine as I invite you to take a look at this crazy Java universe through the eyes of a British company. It's been an interesting month for us here in Scotland, so I have a lot to tell you. As usual, we'll contrast our findings to a personality trait. This month I think we'll look at gullibility. That's one that all of us at some point in our lives have been subjected to. Whether we admit it or not is a trait for another month, so let's not get ahead of ourselves. What I'm about to say may come as a bit of a shock to some of you. It appears that something rather exciting is about to happen. We're not too sure what it is, but I am reliably informed ... (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)

Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing CEO Michael Crandell

"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 funding. 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)

SOA & Cloud Bootcamp: Who Ya Gonna Call? Cloudbusters!

As the theme tune to the classic 1984 Ghostbusters movie goes, "If there's something strange, in your neighborhood, Who ya gonna call?", I am left wondering what we'll all be singing (shouting?) when something goes wrong in our cloud world. When you've got your whole business in the cloud and there is an outage, just what happens to your bottom line? What happens to your customers? What do you do? Register Today for SOA World and Attend SOA & Cloud Bootcamp for Free As the richness of our cloud-oriented world grows, this is becoming a serious consideration. We've come to rely, for... (more)

To Serve or not to Serve

Introduction Just when you were beginning to get the hang of Java and had figured out it was more than just an animation tool, out comes yet another Java-related technology, complete with its own set of rules and conditions to dazzle and confuse. But what is so special about this new one, that we should stop and take note of it? Up until now, Java has been very much associated with the client side of the client/server equation, popping up in applets and Beans. The server side has been relatively untouched. In fact, for a while it looked as if the Java community had forgotten all... (more)