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IBM and the Apache Foundation announced that IBM is contributing the Cloudscape product it acquired from Informix to the Apache open source program. The project name for the effort will be "Derby." The contribution amounts to more than 500,000 lines of Java code. In related news IBM also clarified its Linux distribution strategy. An IBM press release said that Derby will be "a Java-based relational database with a two megabyte footprint that is fully embeddable and requires zero administration support." In conversations with IBM executives, they repeatedly emphasized that Cloudscape/Derby is targeted at embedded database usage. IBM already embeds Cloudscape in many of its Java products. "We have 100 Java products," said Scott Handy, IBM's director of world-wide Linux strategy and market development. The majority of those products already had Cloudscape embedded. Th... (more)

In Medias Res

JavaOne always provides plenty of food for thought. JavaOne 2003 was no exception. This year, Alan Williamson, our beloved editor-in-chief, organized a "birds-of-a-feather" session for the JDJ editorial board. This is quite an auspicious bunch, and this session provided an opportunity for us to meet face-to-face for the first time. The panel started out a bit slowly, and was initially lightly attended. I suspect this was because it was scheduled early in the evening by JavaOne standards, at 9:30 p.m. But after a few obligatory questions on JDK 1.5 and the JCP, people began strea... (more)

J2EE v1.4

This talk will review the evolution of the J2EE platform from an application developer's perspective. Next, this talk will cover the future of J2EE, covering key issues that need to be addressed to ensure the promise of Write Once, Run Anywhere, universally tooling, and avoid the looming disaster of fragmentation. This talk will review the evolution of the J2EE platform, and discuss its future, with an emphasis on crucial issues to be addressed in order to avoid the looming disaster of fragmentation. In addressing the future of J2EE, the session will cover some key issues that ... (more)

The Theory of Innovation

We know from the theory of relativity that the passage of time is relative to the perceiver. This is true of history as well. Sometimes history moves fast, e.g., during World War II and when communism was crumbling in 1989. Sometimes history moves slowly, as in the Cold War and the period between 1991-2001. The same can be said of innovation. Sometimes a lot of innovation happens all at once as in the boom years of the Web from 1998-2001, and during the early days of Java - 1994-1995. Sometimes the pace of innovation slows to a crawl and other forces, principally economic, take pr... (more)

Taking the World by Storm

Linux is taking the world of Java application servers by storm. Recently, Sun Microsystems hosted an event to tout the adoption of the latest version of the enterprise Java platform, known as Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition, or simply J2EE 1.4. At this event, many of the application server vendors were present. Nearly all of them said Linux is making huge gains as the platform of choice for developing and deploying enterprise Java applications. The event featured a panel with well-known application server vendors IBM, BEA, Oracle, JBoss, and Sun. It also included smaller vendo... (more)