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(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 Visual Studio. In all fairness, it looks good, and seems to have all the cool bells and whistles that the Visual Studio people are use to. For example the integration of the Web services into a Web form is VERY CLOSE to the exact demo that I was given in Redmond 18 months ago. In fact, come to t... (more)

Amazon S3 and How to Calculate Your Cloud Storage Costs

 Alan Williamson's Blog Amazon announced today they are changing the price for their S3 data storage service. In face of current credit crunch, they are bucking the trend and making their services even cheaper, particuraly for the seriously high volume users. If you are pushing a lot traffic through Amazon S3 then you will notice a small decrease in your monthly bill come the 1st of November. Amazon are not the only service provider offering large data farms. Another great service that we've been using of late is Nirvanix. Granted, they are not as cheap as Amazon, but they do of... (more)

Cloud Computing Bootcamp Announces Special Guest Appearance

 Alan Wiliamson's Blog We have been very busy preparing the upcoming cloud bootcamp we'll be hosting for a full day of hands on training in the wonders of cloud computing in San Jose. The biggest problem we have is trying to figure out what to leave out, because we simply have too much to present. Attendees are going to get a real hands-on feel for how they can utilize the world of on-demand computing. It won't be a sit-back-and-listen day, it's a true hands-on, sleeves-rolled up full day. We will be going through all aspects of cloud management, giving you a flavor of many of... (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)

Java at Fault?...Surely Not!

Come, friends, family and passersby, welcome to the start of a new column, from the good old keyboard of Alan Williamson. Some of you may have read my previous column under the banner name of 'Visual Cafe.' That column looked at various aspects of the Java language, including such goodies as POP and SMTP. This column is going to be somewhat different. I intend to strip away all of the media hype and marketing stories surrounding Java, and present you with a monthly look at the real Java: Java at the frontline. We will look at the problems facing developers on a daily basis: thing... (more)