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SYS-CON Radio Host Alan Williamson interviews Debbi Marlor, President, SOLUTIONSsite, Inc.
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SYS-CON Radio Host Alan Williamson interviews Bill Roth, Group Marketing Manager, Sun Microsystems
Guess what? It’s JavaOne month. That came around fast – and don’t panic if you’re sitting there wondering where the year went; it hasn’t, well not yet anyway. JavaOne is earlier this year, with only a nine-month gap from the previous one. It’s moved ...
A mobile phone (or cell for our American friends) is like a wristwatch in many respects. You don't change it too often, putting up with its little idiosyncrasies, loving its familiarity; you need something pretty spectacular to lure you away and start the hassle of getting to know anot...
It's the start of a new year; what fruits will our computing orchard serve up this season? This time last year the industry was excitedly preparing us for how Web services would take over. Sun was gearing up for their Sun ONE announcement in February after Microsoft had begun filtering...
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose...damn, isn't this the best time of the year! Ironically, the actual event on the 25th isn't that memorable, but the lead up to this day is what gets me all fired up. And this year, I have two special celebrations. ...
New York, NY, September 23, 2001 - In spite of what many thought might prove insurmountable obstacles, the international software industry has provided New York City today with a resounding indication that heavy hearts and thoughts are not to be permitted to become a barrier to returni...
This month the whole JDJ crew, minus Mr. Briggs, was at the Hilton in central Manhattan for our JDJEdge conference. It was a great show with much discussion regarding the state of our industry and where it's heading. As usual the old 'Web services' debate was high on everyone's agenda,...
New York, NY, September 23, 2001 - In spite of what many thought might prove insurmountable obstacles, the international software industry has provided New York City today with a resounding indication that heavy hearts and thoughts are not to be permitted to become a barrier to returni...
Last month I wrote on the Microsoft issues with their impending release of Windows XP. I intended to go a whole editorial without mentioning that software company, but because of the amount of e-mail I received, I have to do something.
This is the time of year when most people take their vacation...when productivity falls a little below the yearly average...when nothing exciting happens. Mainstream journalists call it the 'silly season'...the time when they usually have to dredge up all those human interest stories a...
At last we can return to sanity. The speeches are over, the bunting is down, and the mad hysteria is at an end. After the chaos of JavaOne we can return to normal. I am of course paraphrasing that great literary character Edmund Blackadder. It has now been a month since I arrived home ...
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...as the classic Scott McKenzie song advised. What sound advice that is since last month thousands of Java developers made the annual pilgrimage to JavaOne at the Moscone Center. We were there, the JDJ crew, covering the event, talking to all w...
In our last issue, WBT Editorial Advisory Board member Anita Osterhaug gave readers a heads-up about mobile Java ('It's user-centric...and it's coming,' [v. 1 n. 3]). In this issue it's only natural that we take a closer look at some mobile Java that's actually arrived: this month Poin...
SYS-CON Radio Host Alan Williamson interviews Blair Wyman, editorial advisory board member of JDJ.
SYS-CON Radio interviews Assaf Kedem, Director of Marketing for Intercomp.
SYS-CON Radio host Alan Williamson interviews Jay Raghavendra Pullur, Founder and CEO of Pramati.
SYS-CON Radio interviews Frank Rose, CTO of Droplets.
SYS-CON Radio Host and JDJ Editor-in-Chief Alan Williamson and JDJ International Advisory Board Member Blair Wyman interview James Gosling, father of Java.
It has been one hell of a journey to get where we are today. What you're holding in your hands is the first of the new breed of Java Developer's Journal. On behalf of the team here, allow me to introduce JDJ 2.0.
The application server battleground continues to heat up. iPlanet has recently announced some major improvements to their product line. Oracle, too, is wrapping up a new release of their Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) product with updates to their caching and Java technologie...
When Sun Microsystems rings you up and asks whether or not you'd be interested in playing with a new desktop system they've just announced that's aimed at Java developers, amongst many, what can you do but nod affirmatively. After much paperwork to allow the machine to leave the shores...
Last month when I sat down to write this editorial I had the good fortune to be staring out at the Golden Gate Bridge. Sadly, this month the view isn't quite as romantic; I'm sitting approximately 12 inches away from an elderly lady who has decided to push her seat back, reducing my ai...
I'm sitting here cross-legged on a fresh San Francisco afternoon, 8,000 miles away from my family, wondering how the industry we live and breath in is shaping up. When I left Scotland, it was the weekend and the American markets didn't have too much to report. After a 9-hour flight, la...
You may have noticed a slight change in this month's editorial: namely, me. Don't be alarmed; it's all under control. Like many a good piece of software, the trick is never to assume that what you have will continue to be what you need. Reinvention is paramount to keep ahead in what ca...
As I write, it's the day after Boxing Day. I was supposed to have this written yesterday, but to tell the truth I just couldn't find my muse...so today will have to do. As I wake up this morning I see in horror the latest on a madman who let loose with a firearm on his work colleagues....
Wireless - what a stupid word. When all's said and done, what does it really mean? Is it just another word the computing industry has hijacked for its own ill-gotten gains? After some searching around I came up with a number of definitions for the infamous word.
What a busy time it's been for us all. I'm not talking about the preparation of our titles. No, I'm referring to the fact that we seem to be in a mood for producing babies. First, Ajit Sagar, our resident XML guru, and his wife Seema gave birth to their first child this past summer. Ne...
This is the first of a series of interviews from key people who are putting Java to serious use. We're proud to have Steve Rock from EGBS for a truly interactive chat session that spanned halfway 'round the world. EGBS is responsible for building and deploying a specialized video/media...
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 Is...
I've had an interesting month, I can tell you. This was the month we had our annual n-ary Halloween party. The time of year when we go a little wild, dress up stupidly, and generally make a right tit of ourselves. This year I decided to don a genie outfit as opposed to the eighteenth c...
With the fourth quarter upon us, it's good to see Christmas coming around again - more important, things are happening in the wide world. This time last year everyone was panicking over the Y2K problems they'd be experiencing and the havoc that would be created by having the world's co...
When all's said and done, August was a pretty uneventful month in the world of Java. No major acquisitions, CEO resignations or significant announcements. In the press world this period is often referred to as the 'silly season': basically, nothing's happening, so they have to dredge u...
I know what you're thinking: What happened to Straight Talking? It's a good question, and most certainly deserves an answer. As seasoned JDJ readers know, Straight Talking was a regular column for over two years. But as much as I loved 'talking' to you every month, the time has come to...
Awards and opinion polls are funny things, don't you think? In general, you read them with interest and suddenly you find yourself believing what they're saying. You then go and tell others about them, disseminating the information as the gospel truth. How many times have you found you...
It seems to be the month for celebrations. Not only is it the fifth JavaOne, but it's also the second anniversary of this column. Both are still going strong, so hurrah! on both accounts. Long may it continue!
Today marks the beginning of British summer time. Hurrah! I prefer the winter myself, but having experienced the extreme temperatures of New York on a January weekend, I have to reevaluate my climate preferences. Now that the office heating has been turned down (I wonder if they'll not...
Java has brought much in the way of programming advancement within easy reach of developers. Powerful constructs such as multithreading and advance communication are now relatively easy for you to use in your programs. Java has also brought a strong sense of object orientation. The abi...
Second in a series of articles adapted from Java Servlets: By Example by Alan R. Williamson, reproduced here by permission of Manning Publications. One of the core building blocks of any system - distributed, local or virtual - is a database. At some point in the chain of processing, t...