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From SOA World Conference & Expo 2005 East (April 17, 2005) - This month's Web Services Edge Conference -SOA World Conference & Expo- marks four years since the first detailed W3C note on the Web Services Definition Language (WSDL) and nearly five years since the first public specification of SOAP. You may be wondering, why hasn't the uptake of Web services matched the bold predictions made when it was first launched? There are certainly more developers thinking about Web services with the advent of service-oriented architectures (SOA). However, the number of successful public Web services projects seems to be limited to a few high-profile companies like eBay and Amazon that have published APIs and end points, or developers who have been able to implement services internally but with a narrow and well-defined set of services - still a long way from the smart applica... (more)

C#: Is the Party Over?

(March 13, 2006) - One of my tasks at Sun was to keep abreast of the technologies in the marketplace that competed with Java. At certain points in the release we would summarize where we were compared to other technologies and, if necessary, focus on areas where we could improve. The biggest unknown at the start of my last project was C# and .NET. I heard through the grapevine that a project from Microsoft, known as "Cool," was on its way, a project that was the forerunner to C#. However, it was less than a year before the Java 5 project started that both those technologies were ... (more)

What PHP Needs to Learn From Java

We all know that there isn't a single language or platform that is totally secure, much in the same way that no matter how well you secure your house, its still possible to leave a door unlocked. However if your house has few locks, open windows and is it a bad neighborhood, shouldn't you do something about it? The house I am referring to is PHP, great for prototyping and building applications quickly, but has a long way to go before it provides the automatic piece of mind Java does. We track vulnerabilities on all platforms and applications that use PHP are often the target of a... (more)

Java on Fiesty Ubuntu - Will Anyone Notice?

Calvin Austin's Blog I've been busy working on our Web 2.0 release so didn't have time to update my laptop until now. I was generally happy with my Ubuntu breezy 64bit install, I had the JDK on there, Java worked in firefox 32bit, I could remotely display my screen to a projector and my broadcom wireless card even worked with ndiswrapper. Now I had a few days to spare I decided to upgrade my system. I didn't get off to a good start going from breezy to dapper lost some of the packages I had. I then went from dapper to edgy but then my wireless would not work with ndiswrapper (ker... (more)

2005 Marks Ten Years of Java Technology

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the official launch of Java technology. It seems like only yesterday. No doubt there will be celebrations similar to the five-year anniversary, so I thought I would take this opportunity to step back in time and track Java's course. In January 1996, less than a year before that first launch, the first full developer kit, JDK 1.0.2, was released. This was my first experience of the Java platform. Like many other developers I had been using C and C++ and myriad third-party libraries. Suddenly the ease with which anyone could build a UI,... (more)