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Java Devs React To Middleware Co's Site for .NET

The Middleware Company, creator and manager of TheServerSide.com, a leading online community for enterprise Java/J2EE devs, has launched a .NET version of its site. TheServerSide.NET is the first non-Java project launched by The Middleware Co. since its founding in 1998. See why The Middleware Co. feels now is the time to support .NET news and discussion - And why many Java devs welcome the outreach -- and many don't.

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Survey Finds Combining .NET with Java Cuts Dev Costs

More than 1-in-3 enterprises plan to use a dual Java/.NET strategy for their web services rollout, according to the latest survey from European IT researcher Quocirca. Respondents say keeping life-cycle development and deployment costs down is a major motivator. See if your web-to-legacy integration and custom web services plans can benefit from bringing .NET and Java devs closer together.

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Zapthink Preps Devs for Coming SOA, XML Future

A new report from ZapThink says that 2004 will see a dramatic rise in the size, nature and breadth of service-oriented projects, and makes suggestions for how enterprise devs, especially those with Java and .NET credentials, should hone their skills to take advantage of the trends. Get some tips on the hot skills for 2004.

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Can an Apache XMLBeans Help Speed Java Devs on XML?

Concerned that Microsoft is way ahead of Java in supporting XML, BEA has handed over its internally-developed XMLBeans technologies to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to make it available as Open Source to devs. BEA VP Byron Sebastian told us why BEA is concerned about availability of XML support for Java devs, and how an Apache-run XMLBeans may help.

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Chatty vs Chunky: A Dev Guide

More and more, developers in online forums and at events are asking for more info on the concept of "Chatty versus Chunky," coined by Jonathan Hawkins and Emmanuel Schanzer of Microsoft to describe an efficient 3-tier application design (web with to/from connections to stateful legacy systems). IDN provides this Quick Study list of some top technical sources on the topic to provide insight, templates and sample code.

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.NET Devs Get Help To Spur Code, Rules Reuse

Engineers at LogicLibrary have released a version of their asset management library designed to make it easier for .NET devs to share code and business rules across projects. LogicLibrary's XML-driven Logidex provides .NET devs with (a) Best Practices for tagging and identifying software, (b) quick search tools for locating assets, and (c) techniques for making sure the code built today can be reused tomorrow. See how XML brings power and efficiency to .NET development.

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Outlook 2004: XQuery's Final Countdown Underway

The W3C has completed its latest draft proposals for specs governing XQuery data models. The Last Call drafts for XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 are available for review and open to comment until February. Except for tabling a plan for DTD-to-XML inter-communications, the W3C specifies how to create, store, recall and publish data and documents for XQuery access, and a test suite is under review. Get prepped with access to the spec, links to tools, dev (not vendor) briefings and forums.

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New Tool Brings Richer UIs to PHP Web Apps

After several years in development, PHP-GTK 1.0 was recently released for free download This week, IDN focuses on the PHP-GTK extensions for PHP, which enable enterprise devs to employ PHP in more varied ways, notably to move away from the Web and use more traditional GUI technologies. Get the download, some sample apps and some great insights on using PHP-GTK for your next enterprise PHP project.

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Aeroprise Eases Wireless AppDev for Developers

A small Silicon Valley software firm may have "cracked the code" for developers when it comes to wireless app dev and integration. The key, say execs from Aeroprise, is simple: Don't rewrite the enterprise app for the device -- instead, bring the device to the app. See how an Aeroprise approach can pare hundreds of man-hours, and thousands of dollars, from your enterprise wireless project.

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OMG Moves Closer to XML-Powered Reusable Code

Last week, OMG approved a proposed RFC on its Reusable Asset Specification (RAS), which seeks to standardize packaging software into a wide variety of easy-to-implement reusable assets, ranging from templates, codesets, services, APIs and business rules to fully-built applets and applications. See why IBM, Borland, Microsoft and other vendors and end users support RAS.

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Java Devs Face MetaData Agendas in 2004

Java devs could get at least two metadata reference implementations to play with early next year. The JCP has said it would have an early release RI for J2SE 1.5 (Tiger), and BEA has said they are gearing up for an early release of an RI for its JSR 181, whether or not it has full JCP approvals by then. IDN spoke with Onno Kluyt, Program Director at the JCP, to get a feel for what may be coming, and how devs can keep a straight head -- and maybe even put in their own comments.

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J2EE 1.4 Spec Is Final -- Finally

The J2EE 1.4 spec is final, and downloads will be available Nov. 24. The finalization of J2EE 1.4 comes almost a year after it was delayed to support basic web services standards from the multi-vendor WS-I. But, some J2EE voices say it could also be the beginning of the end of Sun's long-standing separation between church and state, as Sun offers its commercial implementations of the spec. IDN spoke with Sun's Distinguished Engineer Mark Hapner.

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