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)
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This article was originally published in print on December 3, 2003"Eclipse
represents the worst of Java"
Lately, there's been a lot of guff spouted about how Sun isn't joining
Eclipse. While I understand the bitterness aimed at Sun somewhat, I think
that this particular brand of talk is counterproductive and, dare I say it,
wrong. The talk tends to center around the concept of NetBeans and Eclipse
using common technology, and I think this is misguided, and here's why.
I really dislike Netbeans. I think it blows goats from here to Sussex, and
considering that I live in the middle of the US, that's a lot of goats. Given
the choice between NetBeans and... Notepad, I usually spend a minute
pondering whether I can keep remembering to check extensions on filenames
before realizing that I can, and I end up with sucky ol' Notepad instead of
bothering with NetBeans.
That sai... (more)
Today's Java job market is healthy. Major online job search engines show
thousands of openings, and people are competing for these jobs. Skilled Java
developers are just as popular as Visual Basic or PowerBuilder developers
were back in 1996. There is a major difference though - back then,
client/server developers could make a decent living by mastering one
front-end tool and any major relational DBMS. These days a Java developer has
to know about 10 different tools or technologies to find a good job and feel
relatively secure for a couple of years.
During the last year I've been interviewing lots of J2EE developers, who are
in demand again. But over the last several years job requirements, people,
and resumes of Java developers have changed quite a bit and this is what I've
noticed: People do not call themselves Java developers or programmer-analysts
anymore - mos... (more)
I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by
the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.
Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old
enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain
cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up
and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal
because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on
water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly
already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can
already no longer be with us?
The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last
time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his
language was named. It was in the context ... (more)
As I spend more time with the CTP I will be posting more detailed, in-depth
walkthroughs of the technologies as well as code samples (hopefully I'll get
approved for my Azure hosting account soon *hint* *nudge* *wink*!!). For now,
I'm just going to do a high-level breeze-by of the main aspects of Azure.
Put simply - Windows Azure is a technology that will allow developers to
build applications in the cloud. The GUI for the application is in the cloud,
the back-end processes that are running are running in the cloud, and the
central data store for the application is in the cloud. The great part about
this is that you can run it all locally, test it, play with it and vet it.
Then you can upgrade it so it's running locally but using cloud storage. When
you're finally set that your app is ready for primetime, you can push the app
to the cloud and continue u... (more)
As new offerings like Amazon's CloudFront, Microsoft's Azure, Hosting.com's
CloudNine and VMware's vCloud are rolled out week in, week out, the worldwide
cloud computing momentum continues to grow.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal surveys a globe-girdling network of
leading infrastructure experts, IT industry executives and technology
commentators for their views on The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come.
Contributors include Salesforce.com's Peter Coffee, Geve Perry of GigaSpaces,
Ben Rushlo from Keynote Systems, Cloud Computing Journal editor-in-chief Alan
Williamson, Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, open source entrepreneur Krishnan
Subramanian and Markus Klems of the FZI Research Center for Information
Technology in Germany.
Director, Platform Research - Salesforce.com
Peter Coffee was Technology Editor for industry journals PC Week and eWEEK
from 1... (more)
We can visualize resource starvation using an elaborate rendition of the
Dining Philosophers Problem. This classic metaphor of resource allocation
among processes was first introduced in 1971 by Edsger Dijkstra in his paper
"Hierarchical Ordering of Sequential Processes." It's been a model and
universal method for verifying theories on resource allocation ever since.
The metaphor goes like this: There are three well-known philosophers in an
Asian bistro. Dinner is served but they are only given three chopsticks
because the restaurant's supply truck has been stuck in a snow storm for a
couple of days. Naturally each philosopher needs two chopsticks to eat his
dinner and each is protected from interference while he uses a chopstick.
Plato skipped lunch that day and insists that he should have priority or else
he'll faint. If he doesn't give up his chopsticks, the other ... (more)
First Things First: The Questions
What do the following companies have in common?
BEA Systems Sun Microsystems The JBoss Group Oracle Corporation Pramati
The answer lies within this "JDJ Special" - in which Java Developer's Journal
has quizzed Java vendors, and indeed its own editorial board, about The
Future of Enterprise Java.
Read on if you want to know how everyone answered the following questions,
among many others:
What are J2EE's strong points? Java's strong points?
How do you see the industry leveraging them today? Tomorrow?
What are J2EE's weakest points? Java's weak points? What do you think the
solution might be?
How would you advise someone looking for a J2EE app server to evaluate all
What value-add do you see the new open-source server putting in to the J2EE
What do you see J2EE being in a year? Two years? Three?
Read on ... (more)
To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here
Today the Eclipse Foundation announced general availability of the
royalty-free 3.0 release of Eclipse - described by the Ottowa-based
foundation as a platform "for tools integration, software modeling, and
testing that has been broadly adopted by commercial vendors, academic
institutions, and open technology developers."
Bill Dudney, JDJ's Eclipse editor, commented, "I am very excited about the
promise of Eclipse 3.0. With each new milestone release the platform has
become richer in its feature set, better performing and generally more
productive to use."
"From the enhanced Java tools to the improved integration with Ant and other
open source projects," Dudney continues, "Eclipse 3.0 is a great leap
forward. In addition to enhancements to the Java developer tool box the whole
plugin architecture has bee... (more)
Since Eclipse's first release in 2001, it has become a popular environment
for Java development. In the period between March 10 and May 11, 2005, users
downloaded over 17,000 copies of one of the production SDK releases and over
3,500 copies of one of the stable (milestone) SDK builds on average every
day. A vibrant eco-system of developers, plug-in providers, authors, and
bloggers has grown up around it. Eclipse has also gained the backing of the
key Java vendors including BEA, Borland, IBM, SAP, and Sybase. Developers
like Eclipse because it provides a great platform for building Java
applications, and companies like it because it unifies their software tools
under one open source umbrella.
In late June of this year, the latest release of the Eclipse Platform,
version 3.1, will be available for download from eclipse.org. In this
article, I'll highlight some of t... (more)