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Mixing Open Source and commercial software isn't a new concept. IT departments have been doing it for years, especially when building out their core server, networking, and database infrastructures. But using a novel "blended" application development strategy - one that combines Enterprise Java APIs and Open Source Java application frameworks - offers the best of both worlds. Better Java-based Enterprise Apps with Open Source and Commercial Tools Many IT organizations already depend on Open Source software for some of their application development or deployment. But pure Open Source solutions don't always meet enterprise requirements. Using a blended application development and deployment model lets developers pick the right tool for the job and results in more flexible deployment options. Managing the lifecycle of Java-based enterprise applications presents special ... (more)

Session Persistence Performance in BEA WebLogic Server 7.0

The concept of persisting a user session during the interaction with an application server has matured from maintaining hidden HTML fields and toying with URLs to a stable and robust technology under the J2EE framework. This is what is commonly referred to as an HTTP session - a conversation that spans multiple requests between a client and the server. The session could be maintained at the various layers on the application architecture. It could reside on the client, on the presentation layer, in the object layer, or even in the database layer of the application. There are two options for maintaining client sessions when session data resides on the client layer. Session information can be maintained in hidden HTML fields or, alternatively, via the use of cookies, which are maintained on the client. This strategy has some inherent limitations, such as only String val... (more)

Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex 2 and Java

A typical Java developer knows that when you need to develop a GUI for a Java application, Swing is the tool. Eclipse SWT also has a number of followers, but the majority of people use Java Swing. For the past 10 years, it was a given that Swing development wouldn't be easy; you have to master working with the event-dispatch thread, GridBaglayout, and the like. Recently, the NetBeans team created a nice GUI designer called Matisse, which was also ported to MyEclipse. Prior to Matisse, JBuilder had the best Swing designer, but it was too expensive. Now a good designer comes with NetBeans for free. Why even consider Flex for developing Rich Internet Applications (RIA)? First, we'll give the short answer. Just look at the code in Listing 1. This code compiles and runs in the Flash player and produces the output shown in Figure 1. Yes, it's a tree control with several no... (more)

i-Technology's All-Time Top 100?

Gene Amdahl: Implementer in the 60s of a milestone in computer technology: the concept of compatibility between systems Marc Andreessen: Pioneer of Mosaic, the first browser to navigate the WWW; co-founder of Netscape John Vincent Atanasoff: Inventor of an electronic computer in the late 1930s not for fun or glory, but because he had problems for it to solve Charles Babbage: Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge in 1828; inventor of the 'calculating machine' John Backus: Inventor (with IBM) of FORTRAN (FORmula TRANslator) in 1956 Ralph Baer: "The man who invented video games" (Pong) Kent Beck: Creator of JUnit and pioneer of eXtreme Programming (XP) Bob Bemer: One of the developers of COBOL and the ASCII naming standard for IBM (1960s) Tim Berners-Lee: "Father of the World Wide Web" and expectant father of the Semantic Web D J Bernstein: Author of qmail Jos... (more)

Conterra Ultra Broadband and CellularOne of Arizona Announce Joint Effort to Eliminate the Digital Divide on the Navajo Nation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and SHOW LOW, Ariz., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Conterra Ultra Broadband, LLC., a national provider of high speed, high capacity broadband transport services primarily in suburban and rural market areas, and CellularOne of Arizona, the largest provider of cellular telephony and microwave broadband transport in the Four Corners region, today announced the creation of a joint marketing and engineering effort; partnering with the Navajo Nation to deliver the largest broadband and data transport effort across their tribal lands. The two companies and a proposed tribal corporation will undertake development of an IP-based Ethernet network providing middle and last-mile wireless solutions for cellular voice/data and broadband, as well as high capacity bandwidth to tribal communities, businesses, schools, and other institutions. As opposed to the current regu... (more)

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Deltacloud as a Top-Level Project

Innovative Open Source interoperability toolkit provides any-platform access and support for all major Cloud service providers FOREST HILL, Md., Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced that Apache Deltacloud has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the Project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101020/DC84911LOGO ) Apache Deltacloud defines a RESTful Web Service application programming interface (API) for interacting with Cloud service providers and resources in those clouds in a unified manner. In addition, it consists of a number of impleme... (more)

Major Update for Subversion Access Control

SAN RAMON, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/16/12 -- WANdisco, the leading provider of Apache Subversion-based software and services for the enterprise, and a major corporate sponsor of the Subversion project, has announced a substantial update of their Subversion Access Control product. Subversion Access Control 4.1 is an innovative security solution for Subversion that provides full audit, authorization and access control capabilities that go well beyond what Apache Subversion offers on its own, ensuring that valuable intellectual property is protected. Subversion Access Control provides an easy-to-use, point-and-click interface for implementing and maintaining even the most complex security policy with minimal effort. Key Features: Support for any size development organization with any number of repositories and access control rules. Delegated administration option that a... (more)

The i-Technology Right Stuff

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)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Creating Web Applications with the Eclipse Web Tools Project

The Web Tools Project (WTP) by the Eclipse Foundation is a set of open source tools that substantially reduce the time required for the development of Web applications, EJBs, and Web services. The WTP's current version is 0.7.1 and version 1.0 is coming later this year. The framework provides wizards and tools to create EJBs, Web components such as servlets and JSPs, and Web services using the Axis engine. It also provides source editors for HTML, JavaScript, CSS, JSP, SQL, XML, DTD, XSD, and WSDL; graphical editors for XSD, WSDL, J2EE project builders, models, and a J2EE navigator; a Web service wizard, explorer, and WS-I Test Tools; and database access, query tools, and models. In this article I'll show you how to develop and deploy a JSP Web application with WTP in less than an hour. I'll also cover the creation and deployment of a basic servlet and editing JSP ... (more)

Who Are The All-Time Heroes of i-Technology?

I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)