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Tuesday, 2006-04-11

Intro to Maven 2.0

Filed under: Programming — bblackmoor @ 15:39

Chris Hardin has written a really good (if brief) introduction to Maven 2.0. Check it out.

Red Hat is buying JBoss

Filed under: Linux,Programming — bblackmoor @ 12:50

Interesting news:

Red Hat, the leading Linux distributor, announced on April 10 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire open-source Java middleware company JBoss.

JBoss has been rumored to be on the acquisition block for months. Earlier this year there was much speculation that Oracle was going to acquire the Atlanta-based JBoss, but JBoss CEO Marc Fleury said he had no immediate plans to sell the company.

Red Hat will pay at least $350 million for JBoss. That will be made up of 40 percent cash and 60 percent Red Hat stock. An additional $70 million may be paid depending upon JBoss’ financial performance. Oracle had been alleged to have been looking to pay from $300 million to $480 million for JBoss.

The deal is expected to close in May. If completed as planned it will add to Red Hat’s earnings next year.

In early Monday morning trading, the market enthusiastically greeted the proposed deal with a jump of almost 10 percent on extremely high volume.

(from eWeek, Red Hat to aquire JBoss)

Also worth reading:

Oracle refuses to confirm or deny that it spent the past few months working through the details of acquiring JBoss. But the rumor mill has suggested that Oracle uncovered code ownership issues when doing due diligence in preparation for an acquisition.

With Oracle refusing to comment, there’s no way to confirm that premise. But if it were in fact true that the deal proved too risky for Oracle, why would it be OK for Red Hat to buy JBoss?

(from eWeek, If Legal Questions Killed an Oracle-JBoss Deal, Why Not Red Hat-JBoss?)

Monday, 2006-04-10

Java portals

Filed under: Programming,The Internet — bblackmoor @ 10:17

eWeek has a head-to-head review of Apache Jetspeed-2 and JBoss Portal. The last time I was reviewing open source, standards-based Java portals (which was a little less than two years ago), neither of these was ready for prime time. At that time, the two main contenders (in my opinion) were Liferay and Exo. At the time, I selected Liferay for the project I was working on, because its security model and architecture was more compatible with my project.

It looks like Liferay and Exo are still going strong, but if I were evaluating Java portals again today, I’d probably take a good hard look at Jetspeed-2. It supports portlets written in other languages, which helps transition legacy systems into the portal framework, and it plays well with other Apache products most of us are already using.

One portal system I have not examined at all is Plone, although I keep hearing nice things about it. The next time I need to evaluate open source, standards based Java portals, I guess I will have to add that to the list, as well.

Thursday, 2006-04-06

Open source Java heating up

Filed under: Programming — bblackmoor @ 10:15

Why is it good to open source OpenSolaris and OpenOffice and bad to open source Java? Peter Yared, formerly of Sun and now CEO of ActiveGrid, poses that question in an open letter to Sun.

Dana Gardner follows up with what he thinks is the answer: IBM.

Thursday, 2006-02-09

Sun issues patches for critical Java flaws

Filed under: Programming — bblackmoor @ 20:38

Sun Microsystems issued a patch Tuesday to address seven “highly critical” flaws in its Java Runtime Environment that could allow a malicious attacker to gain remote control over a user’s system. Read the complete story here.

Monday, 2006-02-06

Thinking In Java, 4th Edition

Filed under: Books,Programming — bblackmoor @ 18:42

Thinking In Java, 4th Edition, by Bruce Eckel, should be in bookstores some time in the next week. You can pre-order the book now. You can also check out Eckel’s site to download the source code.

Thursday, 2005-12-01

Sun plugs serious holes in Java

Filed under: Programming — bblackmoor @ 12:56

Sun Microsystems has fixed five security bugs in Java that expose computers running Windows, Linux and Solaris to hacker attack.

The flaws are “highly critical,” according to an advisory from Secunia posted Tuesday. Vulnerabilities that get that ranking–one notch below “extremely critical,” the security monitoring company’s most severe rating — typically open the door to a remote intruder and to full compromise of the system.

All the flaws affect the Java Runtime Environment, or JRE, in computers loaded with Microsoft Windows, Linux or Sun’s own Solaris operating system. This is the software many computer owners have on their system to run Java applications. The bugs could allow an intruder to use a Java application to inappropriately read and write files, or to run code on a victim’s computer, Sun said in three separate security advisories released late Monday.

(from TechRepublic, Sun plugs serious holes in Java

Go to the Sun Java web site, download the current Java runtime environment (or the SDK, if you are a programmer), and install it.

Friday, 2005-11-11

Sun Java Studio Creator / Enterprise Free from Sun Microsystems

Filed under: Programming — bblackmoor @ 17:00

Sun Microsystems has Sun Java Studio Creator 2004Q2 (full license) and Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 (full license) for free via download. This is probably a bit of counter-marketing spurred by the release of .NET 2.0 last Monday. However, Java at any price is a better deal than .Net. You literally could not pay me enough to work with .Net.

Thursday, 2005-10-06

Apache’s Beehive 1.0 generates buzz

Filed under: Programming — bblackmoor @ 11:28

The Apache Software Foundation has announced the release of Beehive 1.0, its component toolkit for J2EE and Struts.

Beehive is aimed at making it easier to develop Web applications in Java by reducing the amount of coding needed to produce a working application.

The open-source project was originally spun out of BEA’s WebLogic Workshop. The company donated the code to the Apache Incubator project in May 2004, and Beehive became a top-level ASF project in July of this year. Eddie O’Neil, Beehive vice president, told Builder UK that the developers were pleased with the progress the project has made. “We’re very excited about it. It’s taken a bit, but we’re excited to get it done.”

Beehive consists of three main parts: NetUI, Controls and Web Service Metadata (WSM). NetUI is an MVC framework built on top of Apache Struts, adding a set of JSP tags for building HTML pages, and more complex UI controls such as data grids. Controls are back-end J2EE classes aimed at providing a consistent interface to different data sources and other resources. Both of these rely heavily on metadata, and conform to JSR 175, the Java Metadata standard.

(from TechRepublic, Apache’s Beehive 1.0 generates buzz)

Wednesday, 2005-03-16

Subversion UI Shootout

Filed under: Programming — bblackmoor @ 14:51

If you are still using CVS, you are putting yourself through unnecessary pain: Subversion is here to make your life easier. I have been using it on my projects for the last year or so: I won’t use CVS again if I have a choice in the matter.

If you are new to Subversion, or perhaps new to version control in general, you’ll need a client to access the repository. Jeremy Jones has written an OnLAMP review which compares and contrasts RapidSVN, TortoiseSVN, and the command line, which you will find useful and educational: Subversion UI Shootout. He’s included screenshots, examples, and has taken the time to explain how each client handles specific commonly-performed SVN tasks. Check it out.

On the other hand, if you have heard of Subversion, but are leery of migrating your precious code repositoty, you should read Ben Collins-Sussman’s Dispelling Subversion FUD article. He gives you the straight dope on Subversion’s real and imagined weaknesses.

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