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Ajit Sagar

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This was actually the first book on Enterprise JavaBeans that came into the market. Enterprise JavaBeans was released in June and made its debut at JavaOne this year. This is a pretty good book for developers who like to see a lot of code. The examples in the book are used to develop a fairly complex application and the code isn't meant for novices. Tom Valesky presents many examples. I like the fact that the book takes an example and builds its complexity in successive chapters. There's good coverage of distributed architectures and transactions. The author has also dedicated a chapter to provide some excellent guidelines for building distributed systems. For readers just starting out in distributed applications, the author provides the appropriate background. This book isn't for everyone, though. Readers already familiar with distributed systems and transactions m... (more)

Off With The Old...

I'm on a trip to the holy land, Jerusalem, and writing this editorial from my hotel room, which overlooks the old city. As always, I find myself drawing parallels between what I experience in life and what I come across in technology. Various landmarks of the old city have been built, destroyed, and rebuilt over the ages. The city within the walls was excavated and layers of civilizations were discovered. Today the city stands on several layers. In the short stint that I've had with XML, I see the same kinds of patterns. XML is a simplified, Web-enabled SGML. XHTML is an XML-ena... (more)

SOA, MSOA, and Java

SOA is obviously the new buzzword of the day. Among the many acronyms, one that is seen very often is "Same Old Architecture." In many ways, this is true. The key differentiator between the paradigms that have been prevalent in the past and this new incarnation of "service-orientation" is that the new definition of services is targeting the business as well as the technical side of the house. Same old architecture - different politics. Mind you, I am not saying that this not needed. The processes and governance that has been formalized around SOA make for a very effective IT renov... (more)

On the Tenth Year of Java My Client Asked of Me...

If we consider JavaOne as the event when Java was born, then June 27-30, 2005, will mark its tenth birthweek. A lot has happened since the language that was trademarked with dancing dukes made its appearance into the world of computing. In its current incarnation, the Java platform is undoubtedly the backbone of distributed enterprise applications in today's IT. At Infosys, I've come across several projects in which the Java platform was being adopted, upgraded, integrated with existing technologies, or replaced with an alternate technology. The choices are influenced by business ... (more)

Cloud Expo New York: Six Not-So-Blind Men and the Cloud Elephant

I'm glad I stayed on after the breakout sessions to attend the CEO Power Panel at 7 pm at the 12th International Cloud Expo, in New York. It was quite informative and entertaining. As with everything else, the best way to get a view of a new technology area is by asking for independent opinions. The old adage of the six blind men and the elephant comes to mind. Coincidentally, there were six "blind men" on the panel, including our very engaging host, Jeremy Geelan (@jg21). And there were views that converged in a common theme: "Cloud Connects". Jeremy, as always, got the ball roll... (more)