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What an exciting time in the land of Java late October through early November proved to be. During this time The Middleware Company released its now infamous report pitting J2EE against .NET. Why infamous? Well, this particular report suggested that .NET was indeed faster when running Sun's reference PetStore application. But don't despair, as we show in this issue, the benchmark was fundamentally flawed and should never have seen the light of day. I encourage you to read Rickard Öberg's analysis in this issue that shows that The Middleware Company's J2EE implementation of PetStore never stood a fair chance against the Microsoft-optimized PetShop.NET. Aren't you getting sick of all this propaganda? I know I am. At the end of the day, comparing .NET with J2EE is complete and utter nonsense. It's like comparing SQL to Oracle. Makes no sense. .NET is a full-fledged end-... (more)

Hyper-Threading Java

In early 2002 Intel became the first chip manufacturer to release a processor incorporating a new technology known as Simultaneous Multithreading, or SMT. Intel's SMT implementation (dubbed Hyper-Threading or HT) has been available in their Xeon processor line for over a year, with little fanfare. In April 2003, Intel announced that HT technology will be added to its desktop-focused Pentium 4 line of processors. With HT enabled on one of these new systems, the BIOS will present a single processor to the operating system as two logical processors. As Java developers, we should all be excited about this new feature of Intel processors. The java.lang.Thread object was one of the key factors driving Java to the strong position it enjoys in the server-side applications market. Both client and server applications written in Java often make heavy use of threads. Indeed ev... (more)

Monetizing Wi-Fi Starts Here

WBT's Wi-Fi editor reports on a recent conference that was devoted to examining the value, profit prospects, and real-world obstacles inherent in deploying and maintaining wireless public Internet access networks ­ commonly called "hotspots." In light of the estimate that there will be over 10,000 public wireless access points by the end of 2002, Ron profiles the players in the hotspot market today, and explains some of the flavors of the 802.11 standard that's fueling the growth of Wi-Fi. My mind often defies logic. My wife will attest to that. I'm more likely to dream about the desired result than the work required to get there. The first time I looked at a Web browser I immediately wanted to download audio and video files. I didn't think about the infrastructure challenges, the privacy/security problems, and the slow access speeds that would need to be overcome ... (more)

Lots to Learn at CFUN 2004

CFUN is the national ColdFusion and Web programming conference that Rockville, Maryland-based IT firm TeraTech ( hosts each June in the DC area. CFUN ( stands for ColdFusion User Network, and based on my trip to CFUN-04 there were plenty of people learning, networking, and having fun doing it! CFUN Day Zero and Some Helium While the conference proper didn't start until June 26, I flew in a day early to catch up with some of the other speakers at the MMUG manager meeting day and the speaker dinner. I spent a lot of the day talking to Matt Liotta about He3 - his company's new ColdFusion editor, based on Eclipse, that debuted in beta form at CFUN. The CFUN "party pack" contained the He3 beta on CD along with many other goodies. So what does He3 offer? A color-coding ColdFusion editor with tag completion - a little rough round the... (more)

Ellison Wins, SAP Loses: Oracle Snatches Retek For $643.3M

Oracle Re-Raises SAP In Poker Game Over Retek SAP vs Oracle: SAP Outbids Oracle's $525M Retek Bid, Increases Its Offer to $617M Oracle's Larry Ellison Declares "War" On SAP SAP Reaches Out To Developers (Live on SYS-CON.TV) Review: Oracle Application Server 10g The bidding war for Retek is over. Larry Ellison has won, and SAP has lost - valuing the software maker at $643.3M - if reports early this morning are correct. The world's No. 3 software maker is also poised today to announce a Q3 sales surge of over 20%. Reuters is reporting Oracle as claiming victory and saying it had received preliminary approval already on Friday from U.S. regulators for the proposed deal. Just 2 weeks ago SAP must have thought its acquisition of end-to-end enterprise systems provider Retek for $8.50 per share was in the bag, but it was raised and then - after SAP boosted its offer to $11.... (more)

Toward a New Orthodoxy – Dynamic Typing

Last month, we took a long look at strong typing. We saw that while strong typing offers many benefits in a language such as Java, trying to attach strong typing to ColdFusion produces really difficult problems. And last month, due to my "in" connections, we were even able to briefly interview the Java compiler. Some might have thought that I was arguing the case against strong/static typing, as many developers have recently. They have argued that static typing is an emperor without clothes. Bruce Eckel, of Thinking in Java fame, has called strong typing "a Faustian bargain." Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, has said, "Strong typing catches many bugs, but it also makes you focus too much on getting the types right and not enough on getting the rest of the program right." Developer Ned Batchelder has summed up the case against strong typing: Static typing preven... (more)

Playing with Arrays

When I found out this month's issue would be a "back to basics" issue, I was torn between several topics that I hope are of interest to every CFML developer. I settled on the array, which is a powerful tool in the hands of a skilled coder. Just to make sure everyone's on board we'll start with the assumption that we need to explore the nature of an array first. Every programming language has simple datatypes and complex datatypes. Simple datatypes are things like strings and numbers - datatypes that store a single value. Complex datatypes are things like arrays and structures (which are also called associative arrays) - datatypes that can store more than one simple value. An array is a complex datatype that stores values in a series of elements. Each element is addressed by a number known as its index. That's the programming definition of an array. To get a handle on ... (more)

SYS-CON Events Announces First Ever "AJAXWorld Poker Tournament" – Powered by Kaazing

SYS-CON Events is proud to announce the first ever 'AJAXWorld Poker Tournament' - Powered by Kaazing - making AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West in Santa Clara in September the world's first AJAX conference to offer its delegates the chance to play for great prizes in a real-time poker tournament: using a state-of-the-art AJAX-powered solution with no downloads and no browser plug-ins required, in true AJAX style.  The tournament will be played in real-time and powered by the industry's most advanced real-time Web 2.0 technology for Java EE, namely Enterprise Comet. Everyone registered for the conference can participate for free, whether amateur or expertly-skilled. The poker tournament is No Limit Texas Hold'em, and the tournament will be open during the Expo Floor hours until completion at 12:00PM Wednesday, September 26th (Day 3).* There will be several opportun... (more)

Aster Opens MapReduce to .NET Developers

Aster Data Systems, the coming data warehouse company, has leveled the playing field and made it possible for .NET developers – what it calls the “other half” – to leverage the vaunted MapReduce programming model popularized by Google to write native “Big Data, Rich Computation” applications. Aster’s nCluster and nCluster Cloud Edition, the MPP databases that already tightly integrate SQL with MapReduce, now let .NET developers write MapReduce functions in Microsoft’s C# language and have them execute in the database in the name of data-driven applications and business analysis. The move extends nCluster’s existing support for Java, Python, Perl and C++. MapReduce is used to process large unstructured data sets distributed across thousands of nodes. Aster’s In-Database MapReduce enables developers to harness MapReduce’s powers while managing their data in nCluster,... (more)

Social Networking Is It For You?

New Media on Ulitzer Niche Social Networking Sites for Driving Instructors When I mention social networking to driving instructors, most people immediately think of websites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Bebo etc which let people create friend lists, send messages and photos to each other, design their own pages, share music, blog, join groups and networks with other like-minded people and just generally keep in touch with those friends, family and work associates they consider to be closest to them. Images of business opportunities rarely spring to mind, yet many large companies have realised that it's not all about digging, super-poking and playing the world at poker or scrabble, and actually use these social networks and groups to the benefit of their business. The likes of Cadburys promoted their chocolate by creating, submitting and spreading their popular ‘... (more)

TAITO Makes Longterm Commitment to OpenFeint and DeNA Partnership

LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 01/19/10 -- MOBILE GAMES FORUM -- Aurora Feint Inc., developer of OpenFeint(TM), the leading social gaming platform for the iPhone® with over 8.5 million players, announced that TAITO Corporation, a major Japanese game developer and one of DeNA's key partners in the gaming industry, has agreed to use OpenFeint in their game line up. "TAITO is a major player in the mobile gaming space," said Jason Citron, founder and CEO of Aurora Feint. "Their endorsement of the OpenFeint platform is fantastic and we look forward to a long term partnership with them." "OpenFeint possesses exactly the sort of features we are looking for in an iPhone-based social gaming platform and also benefits from an impressive user base. We have great expectations for DeNA's strategic investment in Aurora Feint and look forward to future developments," said Akihito Shoji, ... (more)