Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung
i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?"
Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing
completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving
the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical
Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not
(yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do
to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see
end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve,
December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of
each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!
In alphabetical order the nominees are:
Tim Berner... (more)
Graphical user interface (GUI) testing is a potentially problematic area
because constructing effective test cases is more difficult than the
corresponding application logic. The roadblocks to effective functional GUI
Traditional test coverage criteria like "80% coverage of the lines of code"
may not be sufficient to trap all the user interaction scenarios. End users
often use a different user task interaction model than the one conceived by
the development team.
Functional GUI testing needs to deal with GUI events as well as the effects
of the underlying application logic that results in changes to the data and
The common methods for functional GUI testing are the "record and execute"
script technique and writing test programs for different scenarios. In the
"record and execute," the test designer interacts with the GUI and all the
Most developers have at least heard of XA, which describes the standard
protocol that allows coordination, commitment, and recovery between
transaction managers and resource managers.
Products such as CICS, Tuxedo, and even BEA WebLogic Server act as
transaction managers, coordinating transactions across different resource
managers. Typical XA resources are databases, messaging queuing products such
as JMS or WebSphere MQ, mainframe applications, ERP packages, or anything
else that can be coordinated with the transaction manager. XA is used to
coordinate what is commonly called a two-phase commit (2PC) transaction. The
classic example of a 2PC transaction is when two different databases need to
be updated atomically. Most people think of something like a bank that has
one database for savings accounts and a different one for checking accounts.
If a customer wants t... (more)
BEA Systems, Inc., the makers of the WebLogic Server for which this magazine
is named, empowers its customers with comprehensive online self-help
The introduction of BEA's WebLogic Server product into the marketplace
produced a dramatic growth in the customer base that resulted in increased
demand for customer support. Over the last few years, the explosive growth of
WebLogic Server has helped BEA achieve market leadership in the application
server space. Sales people are happy, executives are thrilled, and developers
beam with pride. But what about technical support?
How can any support group possibly support 10,000+ customers with the same
focus, technical expertise, and personal touch as it did when there were only
100? Clearly, scaling the number of engineers by two orders of magnitude
isn't the answer. Therefore, in order to scale the organization and... (more)
At JavaOne this week, the Eclipse Foundation, along with Instantiations,
Inc., and BEA Systems announced the creation of "Pollinate", a new
open-source incubator project focused on creating an Eclipse-based
development environment and toolset to be named Eclipse Pollinate. Eclipse
Pollinate, which will be designed to integrate with Apache Beehive, the
industry’s first easy-to-use, cross-container, open-source application
framework for building service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and enterprise
Java applications is being developed to help enable developers to more easily
develop and deploy service-based and J2EE-based applications.
Introduced and led by Instantiations, Eclipse Pollinate, combined with Apache
Beehive, will be designed to provide developers with a comprehensive,
flexible solution for building and running services and applications. Eclipse
will provi... (more)
Hibernate is one of the most used ORM Java frameworks out there. It is really
simple to use, just add few annotations and you're ready to go. However, it
is also really easy to experience strange behaviors and bugs if you don't
respect Hibernate's best practices. That's why at Tocea we developed rules
to detect coding mistakes and to make sure that your experience with
Hibernate will be painless.
Our Hibernate repository currently contains 30 rules. Some of them are
related to the detection of possible bugs, other treat of maintainability or
performance. In this article, we're going to present four rules that deal
with a famous Hibernate's usage problem : the implementation of equals() and
What's the problem?
Equals and hashCode are used to compare objects. The default implementation
of equals compares the object's address in memory. This is good... (more)
The JBoss open source application server is commonly used in the development
phase of a J2EE project. In the production phase the commercial BEA WebLogic
server is preferred because of its enhanced set of features. Without
modifications, an application developed in JBoss does not deploy in WebLogic
The deployment descriptors for the WebLogic server are different from the
JBoss deployment descriptors. An application may be migrated to WebLogic by
converting the vendor-specific deployment descriptors to WebLogic. In this
tutorial an EJB application developed in JBoss will be migrated to WebLogic
with MySQL as the database.
Download and install the BEA WebLogic server
&FP=/content/products/weblogic/server). Create a server domain. Download the
MySQL JDBC driver JAR file (www.mysql.com/products/conn... (more)
The late Walter Cronkite as a role model for IT managers? At first glance, we
might not see the connection between "the most trusted man in America" and
high tech management. But if we pull back the layers of how Cronkite
approached his job, there are solid day-to-day career lessons for those
working in IT.
Seven Best Practices Straight From the Desk of Uncle Walter
1. Explain things in a simple way so everyone can understand. CBS' Bob
Schieffer said people "understood Cronkite was guiding you through events."
He translated the complex or hard to understand in a way that made you nod
and think, "I get I now." When explaining the impact of an IT project for
your organization, break it down so the non-techies get the light bulb over
their heads. Explain it so your mother can understand it--use the criteria:
how would Cronkite say this?
2. Have an unbridled enthusiasm. N... (more)
Packaged business applications have dominated enterprise IT landscapes for
over a decade. Now these products are undergoing major changes to segway into
the world of Web Services. SAP has been one of the most aggressive companies
in embracing this revolution. Its NetWeaver platform is an ambitious suite of
integration technologies designed to morph SAP into enterprise SOAs. SAP
unveiled a four-year roadmap for NetWeaver in 2003. This article looks at the
platform at its halfway point as well as SAP's vision for creating a Web
Services-based agile business process infrastructure.
What Is NetWeaver?
NetWeaver is really a brand that encompasses a suite of tools just like
WebSphere, WebLogic, and .NET are umbrellas for a family of products within a
platform. Some of these products are relatively new, while others are proven
solutions that have been widely deployed. What ... (more)
Hibernate is an open source Java persistence framework project. Perform
powerful object relational mapping and query databases using HQL and SQL.
In general the widely used libraries are well designed and implemented, and
it's very interesting to learn from them some coding best practices. Let's
take a look inside the hibernate core library and discover some of its design
keys. In this post Hibernate Core is analyzed by JArchitect to go deep inside
its design and implementation.
Package by Feature
Package-by-feature uses packages to reflect the feature set. It places all
items related to a single feature (and only that feature) into a single
directory/package. This results in packages with high cohesion and high
modularity, and with minimal coupling between packages. Items that work
closely together are placed next to each other.
Here's a good article talking about p... (more)
OSGi is the latest component model to join the bandwagon of component models,
which provides a platform for component oriented development and assembly.
OSGi framework is a standards based platform whose specifications are
provided by the OSGi Alliance (www.osgi.org, formerly OSGi was referred as
Open Services Gateway Initiative). OSGi Alliance is an industry backed
nonprofit organization which was founded in March 1999. The OSGi
specification has gone through many releases and the current major version in
use is 4 and version 5 has been introduced recently.
The OSGi defines a dynamic module system for Java. This offers help for
Java's modularity problems by providing better control to the code structure,
manage the lifecycle of the code and a complete loosely coupled approach that
is much needed for component-oriented development.
The OSGi specification consists o... (more)