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‘Tis the Season for Online Shopping By Dawn Parzych The holiday shopping season, a time when Americans flock to the malls or online to find those must-have gifts, is about to kick off. Kids are pouring over catalogs and compiling their wish lists, adults are looking at the Black Friday ads to find the best bargain, and retailers are hoping they don’t make the news for failure to meet customers’ expectations. Every year, retailers go into Black Friday thinking they have done everything they can and are prepared for the onslaught of visitors, but sadly each year there are some left wondering what they could have done differently to prevent outages and customer backlash. Consumers are becoming less patient, add the stress of the holidays to that and people may find their breaking point sooner than in years past. Research came out last year showing the average attention... (more)

Online Automotive Authority Upgrades to BEA to Meet Scalability and Integration Demands and Provide Architecture for Business Ex, the Web's leading consumer resource for unbiased automotive information, has selected the BEA WebLogic Enterprise PlatformTM as the foundation for its new architecture after conducting a thorough review of Java-based application server platforms. provides consumers with True Market Value® pricing tools, insurance and financing resources, vehicle reviews and comparisons, warranty and performance information, and access to new and used car buyers and sellers. True to its independent and unbiased spirit, had been running for years on a hybrid application server platform. However, with more than 200,000 visitors daily, and new business partnerships lined up with many of the country's most respected media companies, decided the time was right to find the most robust, scalable, extensible platform on the market. "After lo... (more)

Instrumenting a Java Page Flow Using JMX Technology

With Web services usage on the rise, organizations are seeing a growing complexity in the enterprise systems being built. The need for a robust management solution is critical, as organizations look for better ways to monitor and control their IT environment. While Gartner has estimated that 40% of unplanned downtime is often caused by application failures, application manageability is often an afterthought for the developer. The benefits of manageability to an organization are indisputable. With manageability built-in, IT can quickly identify and resolve problems that occur. This can result in increased reliability and a better end-user experience. But, why should the developer care about this? A well-managed application relieves a great amount of burden from the developer. Developers don't have to be woken up in the middle of the night to resolve nonapplication ... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: "Personal Blogs Will Be Dead in Another Two or Three Years"

Web 2.0 has been a buzzword shrouded in mystery. Although I've heard it used hundreds of times in the past year, I've never been able to find a good definition of what it actually means. This is in part because, as Paul Graham points out, Dougherty coined the term before defining it. When brainstorming on Web 2.0, O'Reilly laid out a list of services that seemed qualitatively different than those that had come before and looked for patterns. What he eventually came up with was a list of seven principles and eight patterns. O'Reilly hits the nail on the head here with his inductive approach. However, I still come away from O'Reilly's manifesto wishing for definitive clarity. So here I set out to put forth a working definition of what Web 2.0 really is, how it differs from Web 1.0, and how it will differ from what may come after. I am not proposing that these are abso... (more)

'Tis the season to frag with Linux

(LinuxWorld) — We're in that "special" time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Shopping time and tempers grow short. Parking spots grow scarce. Frustrations grow and multiply. Even in small towns, it is hard to escape the insanity. Last week in a small town near where I live, a man went berserk in a Wal-Mart parking lot and drove his truck into five other vehicles, presumably cracking under shopping-induced pressure. This holiday season, it's healthy to save a little quiet time for yourself. To meditate on life's simple pleasures. To quietly and contemplatively cozy-up with a good FPS and frag everything that moves. FPS, if you don't speak video-game, stands for First Person Shooter. You know, games like Quake or Unreal Tournament. If you run Linux and don't have the cash to buy UT2003 or Quake 3, you might think this path to inner peace is not availa... (more)

NewsWatch - April, 2000

IN THIS ISSUE: E-COMMERCE UPDATE New Privacy Act Protects Children on Web Sites ALLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS Allaire Reports Record 1Q 2000 Results Allaire Appoints Two to Board of Directors Allaire Certified Professional Program Preview ColdFusion 4.5.1 Update Allaire Developer Conference 2000 Allaire Teams with Cisco - Load Balancing DEVELOPER NEWS A Belated Welcome to SECURITY Mounties Bust Mafiaboy for February DoS Attack on CNN BUSINESS TRENDS Latest Site Ratings Upswing in Wireless Content Delivery USER GROUPS Ben Forta/Ashley King CFUGoRama In Washington DC E-COMMERCE UPDATE New Privacy Act Protects Children on Web Sites The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) came into effect April 21. COPPA means that Web sites must get parental permission before collecting personal information from a child known to be under 13 years of age. The act, passed... (more)

NewsWatch August, 2000

IN THIS ISSUE: E-COMMERCE FAO Schwarz Relaunches With JRun Pottery Barn Extends to the Web with ColdFusion Online Retail Fraud 12 Times Greater Than Offline DEVELOPER NEWS RSW Software Announces e-TEST for WAP ALLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS Special ColdFusion Pro-Start Bundle Offered Allaire Partners With Tech Data Tim Yeaton New Allaire Products SVP Allaire: More Than 400 Spectra Customers USER GROUPS & CONFERENCES Ben Forta to Present CF Master Tips & Tricks to UK CFUG Sign-Up For Fusebox FUN 2000 E-COMMERCE FAO Schwarz Relaunches With JRun FAO Schwarz, a leading toy retailer and authority in the toy industry, has implemented the Allaire Business Platform to relaunch its online toy store, Using the Allaire Business Platform, FAO Schwarz leveraged Allaire JRun, a complete J2EE application server that facilitates rapid development and deployment of... (more)

An Airline Ticket Store Using Java and ColdFusion

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)

.NET Remoting: Ingo Rammer talks .NET

.NET Developer's JournalMobility Editor Jon Box recently chatted with Ingo Rammer, consultant, instructor, and best-selling author of books on .NET. In this exclusive interview, Rammer discusses .NET Remoting, his programming roots, and the book he wishes he had when he was starting out. -INTERVIEWED BY JON BOX, MOBILITY EDITOR FOR .NETDJ NETDJ: How did you get started in software development? IR: I've been programming computers for as long as I can remember, but my start in commercial software development was just an issue of being at the right place at the right time. In 1994 a friend of mine complained about the price and lack of flexibility of an online shopping system his company had bought. I thought that I could do better, went to the local book store, bought Teach Yourself CGI Programming in 21 Days, and it took me something like 21 hours to learn Perl, learn ... (more)

How to Secure a Web Application

While security is a concern throughout an application, it is especially important for Web application components. An insecure Web application leaves a Web site vulnerable to many attacks, some that require nothing more than an Internet browser and a small amount of knowledge. The global and anonymous nature of the Internet means that a Web application can be attacked from anywhere in the world by individuals who frequently cannot be traced. Even if they are found, international law often makes prosecution all but impossible. Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) provides many security features. Understanding when and how to use these features is complex and error prone. Furthermore, J2EE security falls short of satisfying many of the needs of Web application developers. BEA WebLogic Server implements all of the J2EE Web application security features and extends them to h... (more)

Managing the WebLogic Platform with HP OpenView

In our earlier article (WLDJ, Vol. 3, issue 5), we discussed the importance of designing for manageability. Using a case study of an on-line shopping application, DizzyWorld, we showed the developer's perspective around application manageability. This included both the development of a JMX MBean and the instrumentation of a Java Page Flow on the BEA WebLogic Platform. In this article, we look at manageability from the operator's perspective. We will show how management metrics can be defined and mapped to JMX MBeans, and how those metrics can be collected and monitored with HP OpenView. The end goal is to better illustrate how manageability can be designed into your application, and how this data can then be leveraged in building a truly adaptive IT environment. We will begin with background on how the HP OpenView architecture supports the management of the BEA WebLo... (more)