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Blog Archive for marinasum during November 2006

Hot off the press are a podcast and a Webcast by Sun identity architect Pat Patterson on Project Lightbulb, an OpenSSO subproject that focuses on the PHP implementation of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0. Also see Pat's blog on the podcast and Webcast. As always, he's humorous and readable.Identity and security are high priorities in the software arena, in particular in this Web-...
Sun's chief security officer, Whitfield Diffie, expounds on the public-key cryptography, the elliptic curve, and information security in an October interview published on Sun Inner Circle. His answer to the first question on the effect of the 1976 Diffie-Hellman paper that "ushered in the age of public-key cryptography" was certainly humorous, "It's like having 15 minutes of fame: I did one good...
My esteemed colleagues Mark Basler and Rick Palkovic have published an outstanding series of four articles on how to implement Ajax in existing applications through an example derived from the Duke's Bookstore: Hands-On Java EE 5 You're shown how to create an Ajax-enabled application as follows: With JavaScript, CSS files, and a Java servlet With the Dojo Toolkit With a custom JavaServer Faces (...
A short InfoQ article, Tim Bray Compares Intrinsic Qualities of Java, Rails, PHP, talks about how Sun's director of Web technologies views those three hot topics. Included is also Tim's video interview regarding Rails, REST, XML, and Java technology.Here's an enlightening quote from Tim's blog about software maintenance, which was cited in the InfoQ article: In the enterprise, I kind of suspect...
Sun engineer Sriram Natarajan and I just cowrote a new article on Sun Developer Network, Deploying Wikis to Sun Java System Web Server 7.0, Part 2: MediaWiki, which describes the procedures involved. They include how to install Sun Java System Web Server and MySQL, how to configure MySQL for MediaWiki, how to install PHP, and how to configure PHP with Sun Java system Web Server. Many details...
Sun's employee No. 1—senior VP and chief architect, Andy Bechtolsheim, was recently named by CRN as one of the top 25 most influential executives of 2006. He reinvigorated Sun's server and storage business, according to CRN, which quoted Mark Teter, CTO of Advanced Systems Group, as saying: "Bechtolsheim is 'responsible for Sun becoming the best vendor in the x86 space.'"Over a year ago, I...
In a recent eWeek article, In Sun Gilds Solaris Lily, Jason Brooks says the Zettabyte File System (ZFS), debuted in Solaris 10 6/06, is well worth checking out. ZFS manages storage on the Solaris OS like memory, making the task of adding RAM chips to systems a cakewalk.The article also lauds the built-in virtualization capability, called Containers, in the Solaris 10 OS. You can now create...
An enlightening interview on SD Times contains a Q&A with the three inventors of DTrace—the dynamic tracing capability in the Solaris 10 Operating System that won The Wall Street Journal's top innovation award earlier. The Q&A talks about how the increasing complexity of software means that an application is much more than just a binary: It also involves middleware and multiple...
For all that Sun has been through many ups and downs since 2001, I'm thrilled whenever I read about kudos of the company from outside. The Bangkok Post's recent story, Having Fun With the Sunsters caught my eye. The author talks about his experience at Sun's recent launch of the virtual world of Second Life and his subsequent musings. He quotes Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz in explaining the...
One of the shining attributes of NetBeans Enterprise Pack 5.5, an add-on to the NetBeans 5.5 IDE, both of which shipped on October 30, is its XML tools that enable you to develop XML schemas intuitively, effectively, efficiently, and visually. Recently, I collaborated with Sun's Java enterprise tools development team to update six articles that describe, with examples galore, those tools'...