That Useful '\*'

Programmers know the value of the '\*' wildcard symbol. And for many years technology trade press writers and journalists have also employed it as a useful shorthand notation for a variety of terms. One that comes to mind is '\*NIX', generally meaning "all the different implementations of UNIX" such as AIX, IRIX, and even those not ending in 'IX' like HP-UX and Linux.

Well, here's another one: '\*AMP'. I'm sure you've heard of or even used 'LAMP' Web solutions: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. In fact, a very large fraction of Web sites use these four technologies. But any of the four letters can be replaced with a wildcard, including the 'L'. Think '\*AMP'. But what could possibly replace the '\*'?

How about 'S' for 'Solaris'? Or 'O' for 'OpenSolaris'? Because that first letter represents the operating system foundation that supports the other three. And all those useful AMP applications are not only available but run fine, or even better, on other letters of the alphabet. Like 'S' and 'O'.

And now, to make using either of those two letters even easier, the 'AMP' stack, as it is generally called, is integrated with and optimized for Solaris, on Intel, AMD, and SPARC systems. Get the record-setting 'AMP' stack for Solaris along with all your favorite developer tools like Ruby, Squid, and Java. Build leading edge Web 2.0 solutions with the Solaris Express Developer Edition 1/08 release, which includes Sun's new xVM virtualization technologies.

So expand your view of '\*AMP'. Think of Sun's continuing and innovative support for open source solutions. Oh, and more about that third letter, 'M'. Check out the news about how Sun has enhanced its level of support for your favorite open source database software.

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