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The JRockit engineers made two assumptions when they first designed JRockit. First, server VMs run for a long time and, second, memory is cheap and plentiful. This motto still rings true in BEA's offering of the 8.1 (J2SE 1.4.1_03) version of this product. And, unlike the more familiar JVMs, this VM comes with a face. Acquiring and Installing JRockit JRockit runs on the MS Windows and Red Hat Linux platforms and is available in a 25MB download. The install was as uneventful as all installs should be. As expected, the directory structure followed the standard JDK/JRE structure. There were some differences in the content, but all of the standard tools were present. What is missing are the familiar Javadoc and Java source JAR. Not having the Javadoc was not an issue as it's the same one that's provided by the JDK and the quantity of online documentation is overwhelming.... (more)


It was with great anticipation that I made my way to Antwerp to attend BeJUG's (Belgium Java Users Group) second offering of JavaPolis. The vendors occupied a spacious hall while the presentations were conducted in spacious movie theatres all located in the Metroplex center. Though the setup was easily capable of handling the 750+ attendees, there was a large gap between the speakers and the audience. Speaking as both a speaker and a listener, I felt that the gap did dampen the speaker/participant interactions. Even so, the presentations were highly informative as this conference... (more)

Where Is Open Source in the App Server Surveys?

Just recently Gartner reported that IBM has overtaken BEA in application server market share. The interesting thing is that Gartner's expression of market share is in a single number, dollars. While dollars are certainly an important factor in declaring a market leader, is this an accurate measure of market lead? If it is, where does that leave open source offerings such as Jonas and JBoss? My past experiences have taught me to question claims or proclamations that one company has a lead in a particular market share. Take BEA for instance. When the application market was immatur... (more)

The Commercialization of Open Source

We've all heard the news: JBoss has received $10 million in funding and now it's time to sit back and mull it over. Without a doubt this infusion of capital is a signal of confidence for JBoss Group. But is this investment a good thing for open source? Not an unimportant question for those of us who have decided to use open source in our enterprise applications. If organizations are just now deciding to use open source, this announcement could cause them to rethink their decision and weigh the possibility that their choice may not be so open as it has been. We do have a few exemp... (more)

Yet Another IDE War

To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here Well, you may have seen the Java Industry Newsletter's hot story, "Eclipse versus NetBeans." As an editor of this fine publication, it's my privilege to see all of our feedback arriving at my inbox. My first reaction was, oh please, not another IDE war. But I dutifully suppressed the urge to delete the e-mails and started to read them. Most of the posts tried to be helpful by offering advice like, "Eclipse rocks, its user interface feels more natural and is very snappy." There were other comments like "NetBeans rocks,... (more)