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September 22, 2010  7:39 PM

At JavaOne – Java on the front end gets its time to shine

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

It is known for its servers, but even before it purchased Java-originator Sun Microsystems, Oracle had interest in client side technology. Still, it was surprising how much time Oracle’s Thomas Kurian devoted to user interface issues in his JavaOne Keynote Monday.

The big push is to provide Java developers a single platform for doing server and client side programming.  These days, of course, those twain tend not to meet – you get out of Java to do a whole bunch of JavaScript or Flash.

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September 22, 2010  3:40 PM

Veryant isCOBOL gets a graphical interface

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

Veryant, a COBOL and Java technology provider, released an update to the isCOBOL Applications Performance Suite (APS). The APS is a set of tools for developing, deploying and modernizing COBOL systems. According to Veryant, isCOBOL combines benefits of both COBOL and Java to allow organizations to improve legacy assets with rich Internet applications. Continued »

September 21, 2010  3:47 PM

Oracle World 2010: When hardware met software

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

If the JavaOne folks were salving their pride this week, feeling both packed tight and scattered in a bunch of hotels on the other side of San Francisco’s Market Street – kicked out, if you will, of the Moscone Center that used to be the sole home for JavaOne – then how did the OracleWorld people feel?

Well, if the OracleWorld people read the tea leaves right when Oracle rolled out the ExaData data warehouse in a box a couple of years ago, then they weren’t surprised by the heavy dose of hardware at the first day of this year’s OracleWorld. But if they didn’t read those tea leaves, they wandered into a big bundle of surprise at this year’s event. Oracle’s purchase of Sun is shaping up as a sea change for the company led by yachtsman Larry Ellison. Continued »

September 14, 2010  4:09 PM

One look at addressing memory loss in real-time Memcached data store

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

By Alan R. Earls
NorthScale, a company that provides commercial support for the Memcached in-memory key-value store, has recently turned to addressing a problem with Memcached – its susceptibility to data loss. Continued »

September 7, 2010  5:42 PM

“Computers are useless”

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Pablo Picasso was quoted as saying, “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” At this desk, we take that notion with more than a few grains of salt, as we’ve seen gigantic social changes driven by computerization. But the artist Picasso raises a telling point, suggesting that asking questions is the way to transformative endeavor. Continued »

August 30, 2010  5:04 PM

Monash on things that underly surge of Big Data

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

The end of the conventional RDB and birth of new DB types has been heard before, but the established RDB has usually won out. Early this year I’d asked Curt Monash, president of Monash Research, and editor and publisher of DBMS2 and other blogs for some guidance on what is new in data and the cloud.

There is something new afoot, he advised.  More applications have larger analytic components. Continued »

August 24, 2010  7:59 PM

Reporter’s Notebook: Push and pull in software development

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Newton’s Law seems at times to play out in the IT shop. It seems every action in software development seems to create an equal reaction. The thought arises as we look over notes from earlier this summer when we spoke with Shridar Mittal, CEO, ITKO. Continued »

August 23, 2010  4:15 PM

Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1: More patterns for Azure

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

This week Microsoft released Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 to MSDN subscribers. It supports deployment on a Windows desktop, in Silverlight in a browser or as a cloud-based application running Azure.  This software tools represents yet another industry attempt to simplify programming for business users.  Continued »

August 18, 2010  5:59 PM

Working from a script: WebLogic admin bells and whistles

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

By George Lawton

Oracle’s recent release of Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (OEPE) 11g ( includes significant improvements in the tools for administering WebLogic applications for Eclipse developers including new wizards and support for the WLST. Oracle’s Duncan Mills suggested that the most important new feature for many developers will be the new WLST scripting support. This support provides WebLogic administrators with the ability to create, edit and debug python scripts used for automating tasks within WebLogic.

In another post on getting started with WSLT and OEPE, Markus Eisle provides a shorter tutorial with a longer analysis. He said, “[Until recently], you were able to use WLST in basically three modes. Interactively, on the command line; in a text file – Script Mode; Embedded in Java code. The new OEPE release introduces a new project facet (Oracle WebLogic Scripting tools support) which enables you to write and execute your WLST scripts directly from and within OEPE.”

Meanwhile, GlassFish developers can see a demonstration on setting up GlassFish presented by the redoubtable Arun Gupta.

August 17, 2010  3:16 PM

Oracle Android suit muddies outlook for future Java hybrids

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Java originator Sun Microsystems took a lot of flak over the years for its delayed effort to make Java, or portions of Java, open source. The OpenJDK was too little too late for many people.

But the OpenJDK found its adherents, not the least of which was Google, which was able to take the OpenJDK and create the Android platform for mobile applications. The Google approach to Android has proved easy to learn, and the platform is quickly rocketing past the more formal Java ME platform, which has been laboring for years to gain better position in mobile applications.

Last week, Java’s new owner Oracle sued Google for its use of Java in Android, thus placing both Android and Java in a bit of limbo. There have been in recent years more and more innovative uses of various languages and frameworks running on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) — some might call these hybrids. Some of these will be in a bit of limbo until Oracle’s intentions versus Google become clearer.

At issue immediately is the way people have called Android “Java-based,” and how Google fashioned a Dalvik VM to ”play nice on the small device.” This VM is described as a ‘clean room’ implementation of a JVM, similar in theme to the reverse engineered versions of the Intel 80386 processor that became widespread. For Google, part of the good news of Dalvik was that, unlike your usual JVM, it came without a license fee. In the days ahead a judge may be required to decide ‘how clean was the clean room’ that developed the Dalvik.

What seems clear for now is that Oracle will be much more aggressive in protecting its Java rights than was Sun. What is unclear is how this will affect Java generally. What do you think?

Tell us what this means for Java.

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