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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, Amazon, a run for its money. So now we have real choice to build solutions that are no longer locked into a particular provider - assuming of course we don’t immerse ourselves too deeply in their feature list. But how can you compare providers? The first comparison point is of course performan... (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)

Project X

Last month, we started this column by looking at the development tool, Visual Café Pro. Visual Café Pro makes the perfect companion for the developer, giving instant access to the editor, on-line help and runtime environments. The main goal of this column will be to teach the reader the power behind Java by using Visual Café Pro, one of the most popular integrated development environments in use today. There are many ways to teach Java. Some are good, some bad. I have always felt the best way to learn about anything is through example. Show somebody how it works and suddenly a l... (more)

Happy Birthday!

Can you believe it? I know I certainly can't. This column is officially celebrating its twelfth issue, and being the mathematical genius that I am ­ and since this joyous magazine is printed on a monthly schedule ­ I can safely deduce that our first year anniversary is upon us. Fantastic. Experts reckon that most marriages break up in the first year, so I guess we've successfully made it past the hardest part. On that note I think we'll take a whistlestop tour of what I've been ranting about over the last year and look at any changes that make the arguments posed in the last 12 m... (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)