Friday Jan 22, 2010

Moshi Monsters Running Wild with Sun Technology


Mind Candy, launched in 2004, is a leading developer of multi-player games targeted at the rapidly expanding social online games market. Its main product, Moshi Monsters, is its biggest hit to date and is enjoying exponential growth with over 10 million players worldwide, and more than one million new players subscribing each month. The game relies heavily on an IT platform managed by Mind Candy, and became the focus of the company’s attention in 2009, when the number of players was set to top 4 million.
Sun Customer Mind Candy
(Image courtesy: Mind Candy)
At that point, Mind Candy realized it needed to make changes to its IT infrastructure. The Moshi Monsters infrastructure is based on the Java Platform, Standard Edition 6 running Debian GNU/Linux. It includes Apache Tomcat Web application servers, memcached and PostgreSQL databases as well as open source frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate. Prior to the upgrade, Mind Candy already had Sun Fire X2100 servers acting as load balancers, and chose to make the use of Intel’s new “Nehalem” Xeon processors a key criterion for the update.

Working with Sun as a member of the Sun Startup Essentials program, Mind Candy finalized the infrastructure expansion design based on two of Sun’s newest Xeon-processor based servers, the Sun Fire X4170 servers for applications working alongside a Sun Fire X4270 server for one of the platform’s main databases. The new Sun solutions were installed in just a couple of days, and deployed alongside the existing equipment. The Sun Fire X4170 servers gave Mind Candy significantly higher I/O speeds, along with multithreading technology for greater performance and power management. The Sun Fire X4270 server provided more than four times the processing performance and memory, and doubled the number of disk drive bays to 16.

Since the full solution went live in July 2009, Toby Moore, Chief Technology Officer at Mind Candy said the performance and scalability of the new platform has fully justified the company’s investment. He stated: “The platform is incredibly fast. Before, the CPU utilization rate for our database servers was about 70%, but now it’s dropped to 15%. The speed of our Tomcat Web application servers has doubled, and the amount of RAM on our servers has quadrupled.” In addition to the increased speed, the Sun platform consumes relatively low amounts of energy, and still has plenty of headroom for expansion. The company is now looking to focus on storage and has plans to deploy a Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System in the near future.

Check out the complete details and a podcast 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.”
NetBeans
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.

Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

Java Store and JavaFX updates from Sun News Radio



Today we unveiled the Java Store, a powerful distribution channel for developers to directly connect with the more than 800 million desktop Java technology users worldwide.

John Muhlner, Group Marketing Manager for the Java Content Deployment team, joined Sun News radio to give us the details about this exciting opportunity for developers to reach customers and drive additional revenue opportunities through the sale of innovative new content.

In other news, today we also released the latest updates of the JavaFX platform and Java Platform Standard Edition. The JavaFX platform provides a unified development and deployment model for building expressive, rich Internet applications across browsers, desktops, mobile devices and TVs.

Param Singh, Senior Director of Java Marketing, talked about JavaFX 1.2, JavaSE 6 Update 14, JavaFX TV and much more in this episode of Sun News Radio.

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.


Monday Mar 23, 2009

Know JavaFX? Get $25,000!


JavaFX Coding Challenge
We just announced a new contest...

Develop an innovative rich media application using JavaFX 1.1 and NetBeans 6.5.

And you can win up to $25,000!!!

If you are a student, the deal gets even better...

In addition to the top prizes, there are three prizes @ $1,500 each for the top three student submissions.

Get going, the contest has already started and submission closes on May 29th.

Check out all the details at JavaFX Coding Challenge.

Have the thinking buds stir up, crank the code, submit the application and get great prizes and recognition.

Happy coding!

Good luck to all of you!!!

Thursday Dec 04, 2008

Now Available: JavaFX 1.0!


Today we formally announced JavaFX 1.0!

It is a significant advancement to the Java platform that marries the functionality to build RIA with immersive media and content for web browsers and desktops.

Among the key innovations in JavaFX is a Drag-to-Install feature and a unique unified development environment, which provides an application deployment model for building expressive RIAs across desktops, browser and mobile platforms.
JavaFX
This release includes three components: the JavaFX Development Environment, the JavaFX Production Suite and the JavaFX Desktop.

The new JavaFX mobile emulator will allow developers to preview their applications on the forthcoming JavaFX mobile platform, available to Sun's mobile partners in Spring 2009.

The full product details, 80+ code samples and tutorials are now available here. Check out the JavaFX videos at ChannelSun. And here are the top 10 things to know about JavaFX.

The JavaFX blog is posting a round up of blogs and press so far today.

Download JavaFX 1.0 and try it NOW -- you'll be amazed!!!

Saturday Feb 16, 2008

NetBeans blogs of the week


1. Debugging and Profiling with Eclipse -- Salmon Run, 2/9
Sujit Pal writes a very detailed post on profiling web applications on Tomcat using Eclipse. Despite the focus on Eclipse, he also uses the NetBeans Profiler based upon a recommendation from a friend and compares it to the results from Eclipse. He notes that the results from the profiler were excellent and helped him improve the performance of a particular application.
Download NetBeans 6.0

2. Completing the Circle of J2ME, J2SE and J2EE -- Me, Myself and Python, 2/8
Maxin John details in this post how he went about creating an application for his Sony Ericsson phone using NetBeans and the Mobility Pack. It is a GUI application that contains some text labels, a picture of a car and some blinking text. He's looking to build on this experience and help others with their mobile projects.

3. Eclipse vs. NetBeans on Ubuntu (again) -- James Selvakumar's Blog, 2/8
James shares his experiences using both Eclipse and NetBeans (5.5) on Ubuntu. He says that he uses NetBeans more than Eclipse on Windows, but he loves Ubuntu so wanted to see how they compare. Installation of NetBeans was a "piece of cake," but his experience turned when he opened it up, due to problems with font rendering and look-and-feel on Ubuntu. Gregg Sporar commented with a recommendation to use NetBeans 6 and JDK 6, as they both address the issues James experienced.

4. Comparing Rails IDEs for Windows -- Bonanzle, 2/7
This developer decides to do his own analysis of several IDEs for Rails development. He judged each one based upon a list of several features that are essential to him, and annoy him if they are not included. After spending time with six IDEs, he finds Ruby in Steel the best because it "annoyed him the least."

5. The NetBeans 6.0 Story Continued: Using the Profiler -- Weiqi Gao's Observations, 2/7
This IDEA developer does another in a long-running series of posts on NetBeans, as he feels that it deserves his occasional attention. This time he thoroughly evaluates the profiler and says he "is quite pleased with what it can do." He later says, "There is something magical about being able to profile an application."

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!!!

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