docs.sun.com at full speed

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If you are a docs.sun.com user, you probably experienced some latency (or even worse) while navigating the site. We're glad to report docs.sun.com now hosted on a Sun external web-hosting environment with much improved performance. Try for yourself with Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 (GlassFish v2) beta documentation.

While blogs are great and show up prominently while searching the Internet, some of them become obsolete and official documentation is really what should preempt other content.

BTW - if you're interested in Internet and XML archeology, you can read how Jon Bosak (XML co-inventor, Sun employee) first implemented Solaris documentation about 10 years ago under the name AnswerBook2 with an all-XML background. This later became docs.sun.com.

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Yes, it's \*a lot\* faster now. I still can't fathom why the old site ran so poorly though.

Posted by Adam Khel on July 11, 2007 at 07:24 AM PDT #

The XML version of docs.sun.com was not based on AnswerBook2. It was a complete re-write, in Java, using Oracle for storage.

Posted by Gregory Murphy on July 11, 2007 at 08:43 AM PDT #

Where was the need to host it at an external facility? Something doesn't smell right. Until the docs.sun.com publishes a report/blog on why the old one was a dog and better yet why the new one is better. BTW, when will Sun revamp the useless Online Service Center? What a piece of slow moving junk. You can compute pi to the millionth place by the time it responds for the most basic navigation, slower than the previous version of docs.sun.com. Worse the site mixes HTTPS and HTTP content on the same page! Maybe they need to talk to the docs.sun.com team. It is by far the most useless site I've seen in customer support.

Posted by Anantha on July 11, 2007 at 11:16 AM PDT #

OMG! You can now browse through the documents! Good job. Next stop: \*.dev.java.net.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on July 11, 2007 at 12:20 PM PDT #

Gregory, I modified the post. Thanks.
Anantha, I'll pass on your kind words.

Posted by Alexis MP on July 11, 2007 at 03:31 PM PDT #

Wow. Still pretty bad. How is this possible?

Posted by Rintoul on July 12, 2007 at 09:13 AM PDT #

Rintoul, works great for me, really (maybe it wasn't all ready a couple a days ago, I was just to happy to share the news). Also there's another post on the same topic.

Posted by Alexis MP on July 14, 2007 at 01:24 AM PDT #

While XML is now the data format for publication on the docs.sun.com[SM] site, the documentation is actually written to the same SGML DTD (several revisions on, admittedly) that was used when the Solaris[TM] OS documentation was migrated to the AnswerBook2[TM] product.

Writing in 1996 in defense of print, then Sun distinguished engineer Jakob Nielsen said:

The next version of the product [AnswerBook2] will use an SGML-based content structure that allows for much nicer information presentation and searching. All our user tests of the pre-release version show tremendously enhanced user performance and satisfaction with the new product, so you have something to look forward to if you are a Sun customer.

I hope that the recent improvements to the site will offer the same tremendously enhanced user performance and satisfaction.

Posted by Paul Davies on July 19, 2007 at 05:33 AM PDT #

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