Friday Nov 20, 2009

Japanese Online Map Provider Improves User Experience with Sun Technology


Mapion Co. Ltd. is Japan's leading provider of online map services with more than 700,000 page views every day. The company offers the free Mapion online map search service for driving and public transportation routes; the fee-based service Mapion Mobile, which delivers navigation tools and directions to mobile phones; and the Mapion BB service for broadband users, that smoothly and instantaneously refreshes as the user navigates around the map.
Sun Customer Mapion
(Image courtesy: Mapion)
To remain competitive, Mapion must constantly innovate and improve the details in its maps and the services it provides and needs a stable system with minimal downtime and scalability to handle a large increase in users, without a deterioration in response time. In 2008, Mapion had to relocate its data center because of increasing power consumption needs, and saw the relocation as an opportunity to start a full-scale upgrade of the hardware, software, and operating system supporting its map information services.

Mapion chose to deploy the Solaris 10 Operating System along with Solaris Containers to ensure effective use of available resources for map image generation. Mapion also adopted the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server as its application server, and the MySQL Cluster database as a real-time database for mission-critical applications for Mapion Mobile. Mapion standardized its hardware environment in its new data center on a Sun platform, deploying 18 Sun Fire X4150 servers, 3 Sun Blade 6000 modular systems, 3 Sun Blade X6250 servers, 1 Sun Blade T6320 server, and the Sun Storage Tek 9985V system for storage consolidation and virtualization.

Mapion also decided to renew its customer management system for Mapion Mobile, a system that needed to be available 24/7. Mapion adopted the MySQL Cluster Database because it allows for the availability of existing applications through its 'shared-nothing' distributed architecture with no single point of failure, to meet Mapion's mission-critical application requirements of 99.999% availability, which, coupled with automatic data partitioning with load balancing, allows almost unlimited database scalability for the company. The new customer management system for Mapion Mobile went live in January 2009, “with downtime reduced to near zero,” according to Koji Kozono, who works in the Technology Development Department, Service Development Group at Mapion.

By standardizing its IT infrastructure on a Sun platform, Mapion enjoys unified support from Sun Spectrum Support that keeps the operation running smoothly while substantially reducing costs that would arise from resolving problems. The Sun GlassFish Enterprise server has provided Mapion with a cost-effective platform for developing and delivering applications. Yukio Hasehawa, Manager of the Operational Technology Group, Mapion Technology Development Department, stated that switching to GlassFish resulted in a substantial reduction in the operational management workload and said: “It offers easy-to-use functions which are indispensable in day-to-day operations, including batch deployment to multiple application servers.”

Check out the complete details here.

Wednesday Nov 18, 2009

Reviews and How-to Articles from NetBeans Developers


1. Using Graphs to Build Your Own Ruby Pattern Matcher – justinbozonier.posterous.com, 11/9
Justin Bozonier wrote about using dynamic programming to implement a string matching algorithm. He said for the IDE he tried using RadRails, RubyMine, and NetBeans, and said “ultimately I chose NetBeans...for some reason it turned out to be the easiest for me.”
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2. NetBeans finally imports my Eclipse projects – joconner.com, 11/9
John O'Conner excitedly reported that NetBeans 6.7.1 was able to import Eclipse projects he does at his day job, and works with “no errors, no problems.” John was excited because this compatibility means “I'm going to use NetBeans again after 2 years away!” He pointed out the bonus is that “the Java support of the IDE is amazing,” stating “NetBeans does JavaScript FAR BETTER than Eclipse does.”

3. NetBeans Unit Test Creation better than Eclipse? And where should unit test live? – beilers.com, 11/9
The blogger, who said he is “kind of tied to Eclipse as my IDE,” also “plays” with NetBeans and said he would switch if the IDE had Emacs key bindings. Among the highlights the blogger said he “especially like the way it (NetBeans) manages plug-ins,” as well as the way it handles unit testing by automatically creating a secondary source tree, and the way libraries are separated.

4. Migrating to NetBeans Platform 6.8 – launchpad.net/gephi, 11/8
Mathieu Bastian reported on his trunk code update from NetBeans 6.5 to 6.8 and said “no bug has been found after migrating,” and also pointed out that “the retro-compatibility is really satisfying.”

5. Develop High Transaction Web Applications with Java MySQL & NetBeans – armelnene.blogspot.com, 11/12
Armel Nene published an in-depth tutorial that demonstrates how to develop a high transactional Web application, using NetBeans to generate the code.

6. Create a GWT Application from Scratch – blog.jdevelop.eu, 11/11
The blogger demonstrated how to create a GWT application for NetBeans in this in-depth tutorial, as well as how to do so with Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA, allowing people to choose which IDE to work in.

7. PHP Remote Debugging with NetBeans 6.8 – roysimkes.net, 11/10
The blogger said NetBeans 6.8 is “getting better and better,” pointing out that you can now debug php code with the it, which he demonstrated how to do in this tutorial.

8. Configuring JavaMail on GlassFish – energybuns.blogspot.com, 11/6
The blogger posted a tutorial that shows how to use the NetBeans platform (6.5.1) to configure JavaMail on GlassFish.

9. Changing default Look'n'Feel for NetBeans (and the GUI builder) – raftaman.net, 11/6
The blogger said “NetBeans' GUI builder is great,” pointing out that “it's one of the essential features that made me drop Eclipse.” However, he noted that designing certain GUIs are difficult because the preview look and feel on NetBeans may differ from the look and feel of the application platform. Therefore, he described how to change the NetBeans look and feel (as well as the GUI builder's look and feel) in this tutorial.

10. Simple example on NetBeans using Java with Swing – Sum – en.actualidadinformatica.com, 11/6
The blogger posted a simple tutorial that demonstrated how to use NetBeans to combine Java and Swing elements in an application that executes a simple sum of two numbers.

Thursday Nov 12, 2009

Tips & Tricks from NetBeans Developers


1. My Development Environment -– whoneedsactions.com, 11/4
Blogger James Riley said since starting with NetBeans he has “never looked back.” He noted that what makes NetBeans his IDE of choice “is its Ruby on Rails support – being able to carry out all your command line activities from within the IDE saves me a lot of time.”
NetBeans
2. 15+ Creative Java applications based on NetBeans Platform -– veerasundar.com, 11/3
The blogger said NetBeans is more than “just an IDE that helps you to build Java/PHP/C++ applications,” and stated “there are numerous GUI applications built upon the NetBeans platform,” 15 of which he highlighted in this post.

3. Glassfish, NetBeans and JSF 2.0 Test Drive –- andygibson.net, 11/2
Andy Gibson has been testing the new NetBeans 6.8 beta release and said “feature-wise it is a great product with better tooling for JSF,” along with other programs but said “while the features are impressive, NetBeans still seems hindered by performance issues and some minor bugs,” but said compared with other IDEs, “NetBeans is a superior product in terms of features.”

4. ZK 3.6.3 with NetBeans 6.8 Beta on GlassFish V3 –- javadude.wordpress.com, 11/6
The blogger, who is using NetBeans 6.8 Beta, was curious to see whether he could get the latest ZK release to work with NetBeans 6.8 running on GlassFish, and demonstrated step-by-step just how to add ZK 3.6.3 to NetBeans to create a directory for GlassFish in this tutorial.

5. HSQLDB NetBeans –- anipossible3.blogspot.com, 11/5
The blogger gave a step-by-step instructions describing how to configure HSQLDB in NetBeans in this tutorial.

6. NetBeans Platform: Implement Perforce client – part IV –- javasign.blogspot.com, 11/2
The blogger finished up his series on the Perforce client with the NetBeans platform, to illustrate how it can be implemented as a versioning client in NetBeans. Specifically, in this tutorial he discussed how to integrate into Perforce the NetBeans IDE file manipulation operations to include add, delete, rename, move, or edit using the NetBeans VCSInterceptor class.

7. ReST Web Services on Google App Engine using NetBeans 6.7 –- armelnene.blogspot.com, 11/1
Armel Nene demonstrated how to develop a ReST based web service that works with the Google App Engine using NetBeans and Jersey API in this tutorial.

8. Install iReport Plugins in NetBeans –- ireport-tutorial.blogspot.com, 11/1
The blogger posted a screencast tutorial that demonstrates how to install the iReport plugin in NetBeans, which the blogger said “is the most popular and top-rated NetBeans plugin.” He said the plugin allows the user to easily design reports in NetBeans.

9. NetBeans Platform: JNLP & static codebase –- puces-blog.blogspot.com, 10/31
Blogger Florian Brunner discussed how to deploy a JNLP NetBeans Platform application to a web server that doesn't support WAR-files in this tutorial.

10. NetBeans IDE unboxing and review -– violarocks.wordpress.com, 10/31
The blogger posted a video tutorial that shows the unboxing and installation of NetBeans 6.7.1 along with the creation of a simple Java project application in NetBeans.

11. NetBeans Refactoring – Part 1 –- significantinsignificance.wordpress.com, 10/30
The blogger published a tutorial on on refactoring in NetBeans, which he said is “a very powerful and a personal favorite NetBeans feature.” He described how the refactoring capabilities available in NetBeans can allow the user to change source code easily, illustrating and explaining half of the options available in the refactor menu in this post.

12. Writing your First Boxee App -– greatboxee.com, 10/30
The blogger posted an in-depth step-by-step guide to writing a Boxee app using NetBeans as an IDE. At the end, he said his experience with NetBeans was “just OK” noting that “it had the bare minimum of refactorings, intellisense, and a test runner.”

Friday Aug 21, 2009

Leading Health Insurer Solves Software Integration Problems with Sun SOA Solution


Medavie Blue Cross is a not-for profit company in eastern Canada that provides health, dental, travel, life and disability plans to more than 2,000,000 people. In 2007, Medavie Blue Cross knew its 20-year-old architecture was nearing the end of its life. The existing architecture contained many legacy technologies, which forced developers to create point-to-point interfaces to add new services, a labor-intensive process which meant the company could not rapidly adapt to change.
Medavie
(Image courtesy: Medavie)
Medavie Blue Cross decided to migrate its IT environment to a service-oriented architecture supported by an enterprise-service bus. Mediavie Blue Cross evaluated SOA and ESB solutions from IBM, Oracle, and Sun, ultimately choosing the Sun Solution which included Sun GlassFish ESB Enterprise Edition, along with Sun OpenSSO Enterprise to secure data. Built on open-source technologies, GlassFish ESB was extremely cost effective and came with support from Sun and the open-source community. The standards-based development environment – Java Platform EE5 – promoted flexibility, eliminated vendor lock-in and accelerated developer productivity.

In 2008, IT personnel designed a long-term architectural plan to deploy the ESB in 2009, to implement the enterprise-wide SOA by 2011, and to replace all legacy technologies by 2012. IT employees attended training sessions hosted by Sun Educational Services as developers began working on a pilot project in March 2008 to integrate claims-processing systems. In May 2009, the pilot project entered its final testing phase and is expected to go into production this summer.

Deploying GlassFish ESB and OpenSSO has given Medavie Blue Cross the secure and agile infrastructure it needs to rapidly integrate its technologies in a noninvasive way, regardless of components' age, vendor, or platform.

Darren Swansbur, Enterprise Architect at Medavie Blue Cross said “GlassFish ESB supports a large number of Web-services standards right out of the box. And because you can use Metro Web Services, GlassFish ESB provides a standards-based way of developing services so I can incorporate code from other vendors with a minimal amount of work.”

Check out the complete details, including a podcast, here.

Monday Jul 27, 2009

French broadcaster builds fast, energy-efficient Web portal on Sun GlassFish Platform


RTL France is a radio broadcaster that owns some of the country's most popular stations. Thanks to the widespread adoption of broadband Internet, RTL France is seeing online listening figures grow across several of its stations. Because of this growth, RTL France decided it needed to completely rebuild its Windows-based portal and ASP.NET-based applications to support a larger audience with new services.

RTL France aimed for a solution that would increase reliability and scalability while also building an infrastructure that would be easier to manage, more cost-effective, and more energy-efficient. RTL France needed to replace all network hardware, acquire space at a hosting center, configure transit and peering connections, set up storage area network connections and consolidate separate databases into a centrally managed one. RTL France also needed an application server, and was only interested in open-source solutions that would be highly reliable in a production environment.


Sun Customer RTL France

(Image courtesy: RTL France )
RTL France evaluated several different technologies, and ultimately chose Sun's GlassFish Enterprise Server. To deploy the solution RTL France needed to virtualize its servers and chose VMware ESX software running on Sun Fire X4600 Servers. RTL France also added a Sun Fire T1000 Server to test applications prior to deployment and two Sun Fire T2000 Servers to run the applications in the production environment.

The servers are powered by UltraSPARC T1 processors with CoolThreads technology and run the Solaris 10 Operating System. Sun Fire X4100 and X4100 M2 Servers with AMD Opteron processors are used for batch and other back-end processing. Sun StorageTek QFS Software is used for sharing static file across hosts, and the entire solution is backed by SunSpectrum Platinum Support.

RTL France is pleased with the new solution's performance. Sebastien Thomas, Network and System Manager of RTL France praised the GlassFish solution saying, “Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server delivers a Web infrastructure that can scale easily with demand.” He summarized the value of the Sun solution by saying: “With Sun, we get stability, confidence, and savings in power, costs and time.

Check out the complete details here.

Thursday Jul 02, 2009

TravelMuse Saves $200,000 in Licensing and Cuts Hosting Costs by 50% with Sun Solution


TravelMuse.com is a Web site dedicated to providing inspiration and end-to-end tools for planning vacations. Visitors can book reservations and use collaboration tools to make plans with others. In 2007, looking to bring their product to market, TravelMuse began the search for a high-performance IT architecture that was highly available, affordable and flexible while supporting rapid growth, interacting with third-party services, and supporting content in multiple formats.
Sun Customer TravelMuse
TravelMuse wanted to use open-source software supported by a third party. The company decided to build its architecture with Sun technologies which initially included Sun servers, the Solaris 10 Operating System, GlassFish Enterprise Server Version 2, MySQL 5.0 Community Server, and Java EE 5. TravelMuse simplified its IT administration by using products from a single vendor while also taking advantage of the synergies that exist between Sun products.

TravelMuse engaged NaviSite to host its hardware architecture and set up five virtual servers with Solaris containers on a Sun Blade 8000 Modular System with Sun Blade X8400 server modules. TravelMuse also recently switched from its initial third-party database administrator to the MySQL Enterprise Platinum Edition with support services from Sun, a move that reduced DBA support costs by two-thirds.

TravelMuse's choice of an open-source software solution saves the company an estimated $200,000 in licensing costs each year, and reduces its hosting expenses by 50% with Solaris Containers. The infrastructure has maintained 99.9% availability while growing fivefold over the last six months. “The Solaris 10 OS and GlassFish Enterprise Server are very stable systems that basically don't go down,” says Cyril Bouteille, vice president of engineering at TravelMuse. “If any issue does occur, the Solaris 10 OS provides more troubleshooting tools than its competitors.”

Check out the complete details here.

Wednesday Jun 10, 2009

JavaOne and CommunityOne News in Review


The highlights from our JavaOne and CommunityOne 2009 conferences are now available. Maijaliisa and I have put together the short segment on JavaOne 2009 here, while the CommunityOne West 2009 segment is here.

Enjoy!

Thursday Mar 26, 2009

Sun News in Review: GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse


We announced the new GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse at the EclipseCon conference this week. This new bundle provides Eclipse developers the same easy-to-use, out-of-the-box Java EE developer experience that NetBeans developers have already been leveraging through the GlassFish Plugin for the NetBeans IDE.

Ludovic Champenois, Principal Engineer in the GlassFish Application Server Team at Sun, joined me live from the EclipseCon conference to talk about the bundle that includes GlassFish v2, GlassFish v3 Prelude, Eclipse 3.4 Web Tools Platform, GlassFish Eclipse Plugin and Java SE 6.
GlassFish
Listen to the short segment below for the details and download your copy today.


Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

Second Student Reviews Contest Winners Announced


Today we announced the winners of the second Student Reviews Contest, where students developed innovative applications using MySQL 5.1 and GlassFish v2 UR2.

Contestants from USA, Brazil, India and China submitted their coding projects via java.net and wrote their experiences about using MySQL and GlassFish in the reviews.

The winning entry in the general students category created a hotel reservation application using VoiceXML (web pages accessed by voice) -- the judges had a good experience using it via Skype. A resource sharing application for social networking sites won the first prize in the Sun Campus Ambassador category.
Sun MySQL
GlassFish
Other interesting entries included a fully integrated contest management application, a system authentication application for wireless networks, test taking and test management application, a "short URL" project and a small online store.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and thanks for participating.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Project Kenai -- a new site for hosting open source projects


We have launched Project Kenai last Friday. The primary goal of the site is to host open source projects and encourage collaboration on them.
Project Kenai
Why Project Kenai? Nick Sieger, lead engineer of the project, comments, "We need to demonstrate credibility in building on top of more traditional LAMP/SAMP web stacks (not just Java EE); and we need to show viability of Sun technologies and hardware for next-generation web applications."

So how is it running?

From Tim's blog: Project Kenai is using Sun Fire T2000 servers along with a Sun Fire X4500 (Thumper) for storage. OpenSolaris Nevada 70b is the OS. Apache runs in front, using mod_proxy_balancer to connect to multiple redundant GlassFish V2 instances talking to a single MySQL database. The main site is a Rails application running on JRuby, deployed in GlassFish as a war file built with Warbler. Perl, Python, and other various bits of Apache-based bailing wire help integrate Mercurial, Subversion, Sympa (mailing list software) and Bugzilla into the mix as well.

Tim's blog has all the details.

Project Kenai is in invitation-only beta mode -- if you want to try, contact Tim.

Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

Calling All Students -- Your Chance to Win $500


We just announced a new student contest today...

Students can develop a web application using MySQL database and GlassFish application server and write a review for a chance to win a grand prize of $500 in Visa debit card, and five chances to win a prize of $250 in Visa debit card.
Student Contest
The details are here.

Wednesday Mar 05, 2008

Open sourcing... Education!


The Kuali Foundation manages a portfolio of open source applications for colleges and universities. These enterprise-focused applications range from finance, research administration, endowment management to student systems management.

The rSmart Group, which provides services and support to academic institutions for open source software, is collaborating with us to develop Kuali-based programs that are certified to run on Sun's collection of systems and open source infrastructure software, including Solaris, MySQL, GlassFish, OpenSSO and OpenESB. We are also helping to establish several institutions as Sun Centers of Excellence for the Kuali solutions.

As reported in Campus Technology, this collaboration, coupled with Kuali open source software, will help colleges and universities cut the costs of administrative computing while benefiting from enterprise applications built for education by education. The typical barrier to entry for open source software in education -- lack of professional support from an established vendor -- goes away with Sun's commitment to this (and other education-related) efforts.

Echoing Gary, we are really pleased to be a part of this important initiative.
Kauli Applications

(Image courtesy: Kuali Foundation)

Friday Feb 08, 2008

This week's NetBeans Reviews


1. Using NetBeans Matisse and Eclipse in parallel -- Moritz Petersen, 2/7
Moritz explores a solution for how Eclipse developers can take advantage of what he feels is one of the best GUI tools in the Java Swing world in NetBeans Matisse. In particular, he describes how to integrate NetBeans and Eclipse through Maven.
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2. UnDroid: Develop Android Apps with NetBeans -- Sevenclick, 2/7
Victor Ferrer informs his readers about the release of the NetBeans plug-in for Android. He mentions how he expects to use the plug-in soon for Android development and asks his audience for feedback to take into account before using it.

3. Google Android Plug-in for NetBeans -- javamidlet.com, 2/6
This developer writes about how he eagerly decided to try the NetBeans Android plug-in after reading about it on Roman's blog. He describes how he was able to easily download, install it and start using it to create the output "Hello Android from NetBeans" on the emulator.

4. OpenESB -- MBaTaosifI, 2/6
NetBeans developer Robbie van der Blom decides to test out OpenESB since it is "tightly integrated" with NetBeans and Glassfish. He likes how he can use the IDE he is used to work with ESB, and feels it is very straightforward to build connectors. He does, however, comment that "the manner in which NetBeans handles different tasks seem in some cases rather unintuitive."

5. Eclipse's Resource Perspective and the NetBeans 6 Answer -- Adam Bien's Weblog, 2/5
Adam Bien discusses how NetBeans has - from his perspective - filled in the one remaining hole in terms of missing functionality as compared to Eclipse: resource perspective. He then describes how he was pointed to the Favorites functionality by a fellow Java user group member. He feels this meets his needs exactly and in fact goes beyond what Eclipse provides.

6. Scala on NetBeans Mobules on Update Center Now -- Caoyuan's Blog, 1/31
Caoyuan Deng informs his readers how his Scala project is now available through the NetBeans Update Center. He walks through a series of steps to take and tips for installing the modules properly.

Tuesday Jan 15, 2008

Sun wins 6 out of 11 categories in Developer.com's Product of the Year 2008 awards


Yesterday Developer.com announced the winners of its Product of the Year 2008 awards. Sun is a HUGH winner -- our products won in six out of the eleven categories !!!

We have won

Developer.com Product of the Year 2008 Award Winners

First InfoWorld awards, then SearchDataCenter.com awards, and now this! What a great year!!!

Congratulations to all the winning teams.

You guys ROCK!!!

Tuesday Oct 16, 2007

Sun delivers on Glassfish

We announced improvements for the latest version of GlassFish, currently under development. Version 3, not yet scheduled for release, incorporates a modular 100KB kernel and multiple classloaders. According to Sun's Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart, "This code forms the basis for Java Virtual Machine-based server-side software, from simple Web appliances to jRuby, Scala and PHP, to Web services routers and gateways, all the way to a full enterprise application server."
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