Monthly Archives: August 2005

Concurrency utilities in Java 5.0

Java SE 5.0 offers finder grained control over locking and concurrency control than in previous JDK releases. This article in this months JDC Tech Tips introduces some of these utilities in the java.util.concurrent package and how they are used.

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Microsoft to release WinFS as an add-on to XP and Vista

Microsoft were originally going to include WinFS, the replacement for FAT32 and NTFS filesystems as an integral part of Vista (the operating system formally known as ‘Longhorn’), but it got pulled in order that they would not delay the shipping … Continue reading

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Is Google becoming the new Microsoft?

The Register has an interesting compentary on an article that appeared in the New York Times, comparing Google to Microsoft in it’s early days. Google is rapidly growing it’s core business from running a search engine, to including, well, everything … Continue reading

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Retro gaming on the PSP

Ok, so I just spent $250 on my PSP, which by the way is the most incredible piece of technoloigy I’ve seen for a couple of years, and what am I getting excited about? Running old arcade games on my … Continue reading

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EBGames start taking preorders for XBox360

EBGames have already started taking orders for the XBox360, even though its not due until November time. The store is offering two bundles: The ‘Utimate’ bundle: based on the premium package (which is to retail at $399 and include the … Continue reading

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Will Java EE lose out to Open Source alternatives?

There is a discussion going on right now on TheServerSide.com that was started by Peter Yared who was the former CTO of Sun, discussing the possibility that Java EE may lose out to Open Source based alternatives, and alternative development … Continue reading

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Case study: Become.com – a massively scaled Java application

This is a great case study of a large scale Java application for an online shopping service called Become.com. Become.com’s system is a massive web search engine that crawls the web for goods being sold and offers comparisons between like … Continue reading

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JSF verses Apache Tapestry

Phil Zoio has a great, very detailed article on TheServerSide.com comparing two web framework alternatives to Struts, JSF and Apache Tapestry. Struts has long been the de facto standard web application framework, but over the past couple of years there … Continue reading

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Linguine Maps – visualization of software relationships

When working on large projects, its often difficult to get the large picture in terms of relationships between different entities. Software Secret Weapons have put together a utility called Linguine Maps that parses certain input files and builds a graphical … Continue reading

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iBatis SQL Maps overview

OnJava.com have an overview of iBatis SQL Maps on their site – a framework for simplifying use of JDBC and provides simple object/relational mapping support. iBatis is not nearly as rich as the ORM solution offered by Hibernate, but in … Continue reading

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