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Sun Gets Aggressive on J2EE Front with App Server, IDE

In the wake of the SunNetworks 2002 event, Sun Microsystems software engineers are putting final touches on a multi-platform version of their Sun ONE application server (formerly iPlanet). Downloads for Linux, Windows and Solaris (on SPARC) will be available in beta this week, with versions for Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX and IBM's AIX available in 90 days. Sun also wants to improve their IDEs -- both commercial Sun ONE Studio (formerly Forte) and the Open Source NetBeans toolset -- to make it easier for non-J2EE developers to get up to speed with app server development. See the roadmap.

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SharpDevelop Open Source C# Toolkit Upgrade Available

A free Open Source IDE for C# and VB.NET projects called #develop (SharpDevelop) launches a free upgrade to its toolkit this week, which developers can download beginning September 22. The free toolkit makes writing C# code simpler by providing developers several key features, including a syntax-highlighting editor, auto-generator for VB.NET and C# code, and identifying compilation errors in source code. IDN spoke with #develop developer Christoph Wille to get a rundown of the features and improvements.

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Eclipse Moves Beyond J2EE; Eyes End-to-End "Plug-Ins"

Eclipse, an Open Source IDE backed by IBM and more than 25 other vendors, isn't just for J2EE developers anymore. Fueled by new IBM-contributed technologies for a plug-in, extensible framework and XML data exchange, Eclipse this month will take giant steps toward a broader, multi-platform, multi-language vision. IDN interviewed Eclipse manager Mark Erickson about the moves.

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Web Services Will Force JVMs To Get Smarter

The emerging use of Web services could drive some significant changes in the way Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) work, according to Robert Berry, a distinguished engineer from IBM's Hursley Park Java Technology Center. Berry raised some eyebrows in the JVM world by predicting that current age of JVMs is coming to an end, and that JVMs will have to get smarter and more manageable to be valuable in the world of web services development.

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Hands-On: Architecting Asynchronous Web Services

Learn how best to deliver guaranteed two-way (asynchronous) communications that will confirm transactions, update databases and otherwise make sure both ends of the web service are in synch. IDN has gathered some of the best and most up-to-date resources (code sets, techniques, advice) available on how your fellow developers are addressing the issue of asynchronous web services communications.

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Hands-On: Architecting Asynchronous Web Services

Learn how best to deliver guaranteed two-way (asynchronous) communications that will confirm transactions, update databases and otherwise make sure both ends of the web service are in synch. IDN has gathered some of the best and most up-to-date resources (code sets, techniques, advice) available on how your fellow developers are addressing the issue of asynchronous web services communications.

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Web Services Will Force JVMs To Get Smarter

The emerging use of Web services could drive some significant changes in the way Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) work, according to Robert Berry, a distinguished engineer from IBM's Hursley Park Java Technology Center. Berry raised some eyebrows in the JVM world by predicting that current age of JVMs is coming to an end, and that JVMs will have to get smarter and more manageable to be valuable in the world of web services development.

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SharpDevelop Open Source C# Toolkit Upgrade Available

A free Open Source IDE for C# and VB.NET projects called #develop (SharpDevelop) launches a free upgrade to its toolkit this week, which developers can download beginning September 22. The free toolkit makes writing C# code simpler by providing developers several key features, including a syntax-highlighting editor, auto-generator for VB.NET and C# code, and identifying compilation errors in source code. IDN spoke with #develop developer Christoph Wille to get a rundown of the features and improvements.

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Eclipse Moves Beyond J2EE; Eyes End-to-End "Plug-Ins"

Eclipse, an Open Source IDE backed by IBM and more than 25 other vendors, isn't just for J2EE developers anymore. Fueled by new IBM-contributed technologies for a plug-in, extensible framework and XML data exchange, Eclipse this month will take giant steps toward a broader, multi-platform, multi-language vision. IDN interviewed Eclipse manager Mark Erickson about the moves.

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Secrets to Building a 'Customer-Service' Web Service

Developers from Extreme Logic used a combination of Microsoft.Net technologies with a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach, to build JoeAuto.com, an Internet-based auto repair business. The result is that consumers can go online to conduct a variety of operations -- schedule maintenance, receive a diagnosis, obtain pricing information, make service appointments, choose a loaner car, view repairs and even make payments. Learn the techniques you can apply to your business from Extreme's CTO Keith Landers.

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"Mono," the Open Source .NET, Ready for Developers

On the first anniversary of the launch of The Mono Project -- an "Open Source" version of .NET, which is based on C# and will run on Unix/Linux platform -- the technology is ready for developers. Integration Developer News spoke with Mono's creator Miguel de Icaza, who has also spearheaded work on the GNOME open source desktop.

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From VB 6 to VB .NET: Making the Move -- Part II

In Part II of a two-part series on migrating developer skills and enterprise assets from VB to VB.NET, the senior technical team from Greystone Solutions provides developers a key checklist for moving from VB to VB.NET, including .NET compatibility; use of ASP .NET and ADO .NET; and migrating existing applications to .NET technologies.

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