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I have two newsworthy items to talk about this month. One concerns the application server market; the other pertains to a newly announced partnership in the wireless space. Each tidbit dates from July, but as editorial schedules run a bit behind the times, I'll relay them to you now. In my last editorial, "The BEA Slayer?", I mentioned that free application servers would not affect BEA, whether they are open source like JBoss, or bundled with hardware like the Sun ONE Server and HP's Application Server. Interestingly enough, about two weeks after my editorial went to the printer, HP announced it was leaving the application server market! A Reuters report said, "HP, which has been losing money in software, said in a statement it would focus on areas where it has had market success and intellectual property.... It is pulling the plug on three middleware platforms used ... (more)

Convergence - BEA eWorld 2003

This year's BEA eWorld 2003 show is the center of attention for BEA's product announcements and vision for the upcoming year, exciting stuff indeed. The theme for this year's conference is "convergence." You'll notice that this theme is likewise ingrained in the articles in this issue of WLDJ to provide continuity with the show. This issue contains articles from visionaries in the Internet infrastructure landscape, including BEA, HP, Intel, and Yahoo!. Take a look at the BEA Platform from a pervasive computing perspective? applications built in the future will have to be designe... (more)

A Case Study: Extreme Programming with EJB

This month's EJB Home was originally a presentation at JC2 in Santa Clara, California, in September. For those of you who couldn't make the session, I thought it would be beneficial to transcribe it here and relay an experience in the successful implementation of an EJB application using XP. EJB/XP Overview I attended a Boulder Java Users Group in August. The topic was XP. The speaker asked, "How many of you know what XP is?" and half the attendees raised their hands. Next, he asked, "How many of you have practiced XP on a project?" and half of the hands dropped. The next question... (more)

Developing Coarse Grained Business Components

Discussion groups have recently been abuzz with talk of "coarse-grained entity beans" - a slight misnomer deriving, I suspect, from the addition of mandatory entity beans in EJB 1.1. This month I'll examine the finer points of the Enterprise JavaBeans specification regarding coarse-grained entities, as well as my own, and provide an example for you - with plenty of comments to provide food for thought when you tackle the challenge yourself. For those of you who finally came out of your Y2K shelter, EJB is a specification for building server-side business components on the Java p... (more)

JCP Defines the Roadmap for J2EE

I never bothered with roadmaps until I was of driving age and began to take trips on my own. Rock climbing drew me to my first trips and involved driving to remote areas of the U.S. It didn't take long to realize that a single wrong turn onto a road in the middle of nowhere meant hours of wasted time. Too many wrong turns soon earned you the nickname Clark Griswold. A wrong turn was especially a problem back in the days when Montana had no speed limit. You could really get nowhere fast back then. "Nowhere fast" is exactly how I felt when developing distributed applications with ... (more)