For developers, Oracle's Fusion Middleware 11g rollout on Wednesday emphasizes Java technologies, particularly the company's JDeveloper IDE, along with concepts including declarative programming and ALM (application lifecycle management).
Recognizing that developers these days must program for multicore processors, Sun Microsystems on Tuesday is releasing an upgrade to its native development tools package geared to this new responsibility.
Oracle didn't agree to pay much more than IBM would have for Sun Microsystems, but it may have far more use for Sun's "application to disk" technology than IBM ever did. ComputerWorld's Patrick Thibodeau reports.
Once a Silicon Valley star, Sun Microsystems has lost most of its shine in the decade since the dot-com bubble burst. Elizabeth Montalbano reports on the series of missteps that have led this great innovator to impasse.
GlassFish Portfolio, announced Tuesday, is intended for enterprise development of Web-facing and business applications. Built on GlassFish 2.1, the Web application platform includes a LAMP-friendly Web stack, GlassFish Web Space Server based on Liferay, and a lightweight ESB.
Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz thinks that the economic downturn will make IT managers more open to change -- to the benefit of Sun's open-source strategy. Computerworld's Patrick Thibodeau chats with Schwartz about Sun's strategy for surviving the recession.
Sun Microsystems has recently indicated that it will leverage its stake in Java technology, and that it sees a future in software. Some question the company's relevance to Java, however, and resent its hold on the Java Community Process. Jon Brodkin reports for JavaWorld on Sun's struggle to redefine its place in an evolving Java ecosystem.
Corporate enterprises wary of public cloud infrastructure offered by the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google could turn to more private, custom, and controllable options. Companies on collision course for battle in this arena include Cisco, Sun, and EMC.
Defying expectations of popular decline, the Java ecosystem keeps evolving in new and exciting directions. In this conclusion to JavaWorld's year-end series, Andrew Glover looks ahead to what we can expect from Java technology and the Java industry in 2009.
Sun Microsystems is still around. But what about the four men who gave it life? InfoWorld went on the hunt for Sun's founding fathers: Andy Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Bill Joy, and Scott McNealy. Here's what we found.
In Part 2 of this interview, Sun Microsystems Fellow and Chief
Engineer Rob Gingell compares the ability of Web services and Jini
to deal with network failure and system change. He also discusses
polyarchic systems, intellectual property, the JDK's role in
relation to Jini, and Liberty Alliance.
Set in the backdrop of JiniFest 2002, the Jini community's first
technology showcase, this article revisits the original Jini
vision, surveys Jini's progress since the technology's introduction
in 1998, and suggests the roles Jini might play in Java's future.