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Ajit Sagar

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Online stores are the new, next-generation, "revolutionize the world as we see it today" way of doing business. In the context of business transactions, online stores use the global Internet to facilitate purchase and sale of goods and services. The ability to support online sales is an essential component of the new e-commerce paradigm for Internet-based businesses today. Putting together an enterprise-level application for an Internet store involves design and integration of various technologies that play specific roles in a distributed computing environment. A distributed topology is a prerequisite for building such Internet applications since the Internet is inherently distributed in nature. Due to the plethora of alternative technologies available in the computing arena today, designing an enterprise application involves choosing between technologies based on f... (more)

Java and XML in the World of E-Commerce

In last month's e-Java we discussed the technologies and APIs offered by the Java platform that play specific roles in e-commerce solutions for the enterprise. We also took a high-level glance at how they fit in an n-tier commerce application. Java provides substantial support for e-commerce­based applications; however, Java alone doesn't provide an end-to-end solution for e-commerce­based businesses. Components of the Java platform integrate with complementary technologies to offer complete Internet commerce solutions. Nowadays the acronym "XML" is found lurking in almost any lite... (more)

So What? - It Seems That JavaOne Isn't Just Nerd Nirvana Anymore... This Is A Good Sign.

Yes, I was in San Francisco last month - but unlike the other 25,000 pilgrims, I wasn't fortunate enough to pay full homage to the Mecca of Java: JavaOne 2000. Instead, I was trapped in somewhat less than invigorating business meetings. I was also in a hurry to get back to Dallas to my wife and my brand new (two-week old) baby boy. However, I did manage to sneak out for a few hours on two separate days to the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco to sip from the Java technology cup.... Although my impressions of JavaOne this year are based mainly on this brief interlude, I've... (more)

Serving Business Applications

In the world of distributed computing, the industry has latched on to another snazzy, buzzword-compliant, omnipotent entity, the Application Server, also known affectionately as the App Server. Here's the sales pitch. You want a robust system? Fault tolerance? Load balancing? Multithreaded transaction support? Well, don't reinvent the wheel. If you're developing an application that solves a particular business problem, concentrate on solving that problem and on developing that application. Don't waste precious resources trying to focus on solving a problem that's outside your are... (more)

Anatomy of a Java Application Server

Several folks in the computing industry think of 1999 as having been the "Year of the Application Server." But while the term application server itself may be a fairly recent addition to the software computing vocabulary, the application server market has already become one of the fastest-growing markets in n-tier computing. Business analysts estimate its value as being likely to reach the multibillion-dollar level in 2001. In today's distributed computing environment, the term application server is associated with state-of-the-art technology. Perhaps that's why several vendors ... (more)