Monday May 21, 2007

Widgets for Solaris

Mac has them. Even Vista has them. Now you can have widgets on your Solaris desktop. Glossitope now has a early release of their Java based Widet container. It is available on multiple platforms.

Goto http://www.glossitope.org for more inforamtion.

Wednesday May 16, 2007

Tech Days in DC

OK, for all you midatlantic folks that were not able to attend JavaOne. Sun is hosting an tech days event in DC that will replicate some of the content and very cools labs. The event is June 6-8 at the Ronald Regan Building in DC. Goto http://developers.sun.com/events/techdays/2007/US_WAS.jsp for more information. I think the content and labs were great at this years JavaOne.

Saturday May 12, 2007

OpenPortal, Glassfish and Netbeans...

Wow what an experience. Coming off of JavaOne I know have this renewed energy around Java. So I tried out some open source technologies that Sun has jumpstarted in one way or another.

So I started with installing Glassfish. What an easy application server to instal and configure. The administrative interface is very similar to the Sun Java Enterprise Application Server. Wow Glassfish rolls off the tongue easier than SJEAS.

So next I tried installing the OpenPortal that the Sun Portal team has come up with. OpenPortal is an open source offshot of the Sun Java Enterprise System Portal Server. Hmmm. It would seem the Sun marketing team will have a new challenge with all these names circulating. But I digress. The OpenPortal was great. It does not have the complex functionality of its big brother but as far a developer or small portal it is great. No roles or personalization. You either got portlets or not. One thing, the login is integrated with the security (admin-role) in the Glassfish server. You can change that in one of the dot xml files though.

Topping off the experience was installing the OpenPortal plugins into Netbeans. Now, I am embarrassed to say this. But in my life, I have deployed but never developed portlets. This was another great experience in writing portlets. No stress at all.

I would say that the next generation off open source applications are great. Now off to OpenESB.

Friday May 11, 2007

Comet

Went to a presentation today at JavaOne that discussed Comet. Way back machine moment. It takes me back to a product in the 90's called Netcaster. It was software that "pulled" information from your favorite sources and presented it on your desktop. It failed. Required so much bandwidth the corporate networks were choked.

Zip to 2007 and we now have Comet. Albeit a totally different technology, it enables developers to write web applications that get data pushed from the server when there is an update. Glassfish can enable these type of applications now.

So Comet allows the creation of event driven, interactive and collaborative applications. A great complement to AJAX technology.

Tuesday May 08, 2007

Sun Java System Communications Server

Rich Green and Erickson(as in Sony/Erickson) announc the Sun Java System Communications Application Server which seems to be a combination of technology from Erickson using Glassfish. Stay tuned for this one...

Monday May 07, 2007

Glassfish v3

Glassfish V3 session was led by Jerome Dochez. Glassfish has a groundbreaking architecture based on IoC, modules and maven 2. Goal of v3 is to break v2 apart into modules. Jerome gave us a demo of v3 which, WOW, starts in less then 700 ms. v3 uses modules and you load what you need. In this demo on html pages can be served(web-apps). So how do we do this ??? Module Subsystem : HK2 It fits in 50Kb : Hundred Kilobytes Kernel 4 containers today (web-app, php, phobos, ruby) It is embeddable. It is so small that it could run in a cell phone. Available today in preview.
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