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Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

[slides] #Hadoop in the #Cloud | @CloudExpo @Cloudera #BigData #DataCenter

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Hadoop in the Cloud Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing at Cloudera, covered the ins and outs of Hadoop, and how it can help cloud-based businesses. Attendees will learn: How to speed ETL pipelines and data transformations How to run low-latency ad-hoc analytics across regions against object store data How to perform high-va... (more)

Axis-izing Legacy Applications

This article is a follow-up to an earlier article "Exposing Legacy Applications" (WSJ, Vol. 3, issue 5). It demonstrates how to integrate legacy applications with Web services using Apache Axis. Axis, which is a complete rewrite of Apache SOAP, promises to be faster and more flexible than Apache SOAP. Two approaches will be illustrated here. The first uses the Axis API. In the second approach, the Axis tools (Java2WSDL, WSDL2Java) will be used to generate stubs. We then write a client that uses the generated stubs to access the Web service. The legacy application used in this article captures and outputs system accounting information in an ASCII format. Application Overview The details of the architecture and description of the various components can be found in the first article. I had a legacy application in which I wanted to expose its commonly called operations... (more)

Cover Story: Log4j vs java.util.logging

Are your Java programs littered with a multitude of randomly placed System.out.println statements and stack traces? When you add debugging messages to a class in a project, are the outputs of your messages interleaved among dozens of messages from other developers, making your messages difficult to read? Do you use a simple, hand-rolled logging API, and fear that it may not provide the flexibility and power that you need once your applications are in production? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it's time for you to pick an industrial-strength logging API and start using it. This article will help you choose a logging API by evaluating two of the most widely used Java logging libraries: the Apache Group's Log4j and the java.util.logging package (referred to as "JUL"). This article examines how each library approaches logging, evaluates their differ... (more)

Repel the Jedi Mind Trick by Turning to Enterprise Open Source Solutions

The Jedi mind trick is a Force power that can influence the actions of weak-minded sentient beings. Vendors will often try to apply the Jedi mind trick in selling silver-bullet software solutions that solve global warming and stop celebrity feuding while enabling service-based architecture development. Let's quickly put on our aluminum foil caps and repel the Jedi mind trick by turning to open source solutions. Service-based architectures are being touted as the next step in reaching programming nirvana. With these marching orders it's often difficult to build a framework that allows for simple service creation. This framework should also be flexible, scalable, and lightweight as well as easy in exposing services externally. Without the correct framework(s) and guardrails in place your application services can quickly become a jumbled mess. Circular dependencies, m... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Microsoft Says It Is Willing To License All Its IP

  Microsoft’s chief counsel Brad Smith got on the blower Wednesday morning and basically threw all of Microsoft’s IP, “100%,” he said, of its patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights, on the table to be picked over and licensed by the industry on both royalty-free and “commercially reasonable” terms like a Macy’s Bargain Basement sale.   Microsoft has, Smith noted, 4,000-odd patents and 5,400 “in the queue.”   Deals will be sorted out on a case-by-case basis.   Naturally such a totally uncharacteristic move after nearly 30 years of corporate protectionism makes the naturally paranoid hunt out ulterior motives, and naturally Microsoft’s oozing sore in Europe comes readily to mind. But Smith, when asked, said the IP on offer didn’t include the additional communications protocols th... (more)

Bruce Perens on UserLinux

Bruce Perens, cofounder of the Open Source Initiative and long-time leader of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, announced plans at the November 2003 Desktop Linux Consortium event in Boston to start a project called UserLinux. UserLinux is to be a Linux distribution based on a subset of Debian that will target large and small business desktops and servers. Bruce is currently continuing negotiations with his customers while also beginning to put the first broad brush strokes on UserLinux as a technology. A key aspect of the UserLinux strategy is to build on a solid open source software core and then augment that core with customer-funded engineering work to support further software development, certification, support, and service. Bruce and Paul Nowak discussed what UserLinux is and what it means to software users and to open source developers. LWM: What does UserL... (more)

What It Means to Be the Best

What it means to be the best is a relative thing. In the sports world it's the score at the end of the game, the winning record that indicates who beat whom. In the world of Linux, it's more subjective to the goals of the end user. This month we explore, from the point of view of the LinuxWorld Magazine editors, what constitutes the best solutions for given computing tasks. I don't presume to speak for every Linux user who works in health care or video animators or any one group - I speak just for me. I think sharing our points of view will help you start to investigate what makes your best of the best list. Desktop software is a subject near and dear to my heart. I work in that field and have spent my career supporting users of desktop software. It's impossible to look at such a diverse group of users as desktop Linux users and then identify what is best. However... (more)

Infravio to Speak at Web Services Edge 2005 East in Boston

Championing contract-driven Web Services Management and SOA governance, Infravio, Inc. today announced that company vice president of products and services, Jim Bole, will present at the Web Services Edge International Web Services Conference & Expo in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference will be held at the John B. Hynes Convention Center from February 15-17, 2005. (http://sys-con.com/edge2005east/). At the show, Infravio can be found at its kiosk (#301) in the Web Services Journal Pavilion, where the company will be highlighting its business services registry, Infravio X-registry, as part of the Infravio Ensemble, its Xtended Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) management suite. Bole's session is entitled "Web Services Security - A Key Element of SOA Governance" and will be held on February 16, 2005 from 9:00 to 9:50 am. Bole will present a rea... (more)

Book Review: Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property

According to Larry Rosen, "One of the challenges to writing about licensing in a book not specifically written for licensing professionals is to make a very dull subject interesting." A Complete and Thorough BookRosen has met that challenge in his exciting guide to the Open Source licensing zoo. As an extra fillip he offers a set of five Open Source Principles so clear and brief that the Open Source Initiative (OSI) would be well advised to adopt them, plus two new licenses intended to solve not only the weaknesses of some of the current Open Source licenses, but resolve the many problems that revolve around the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) GNU General Public License (GPL) and Lesser General Public License (LGPL). This clear book spends 314 pages in detailed discussion of more legal issues than this review can touch on. The author has the advantage of having trai... (more)