Stories by Rick Grehan

Cloud control systems tame the ether

Signifying a formless haze of computing power and storage that is somewhere "out there," computerdom's current buzzword is as difficult to get one's arms around as a real cloud. A seemingly limitless pool of processors and memory and disk space, and ...

Amazon Elastic MapReduce

Have you got a few hundred gigabytes of data that need processing? Perhaps a dump of radio telescope data that could use some combing through by a squad of processors running Fourier transforms? Or maybe you're convinced some statistical analysis wil...

Specialty Linuxes to the rescue

Linux is, among other things, a customizable operating system. Clever developers can craft a Linux whose kernel and packages are configured for a specific purpose, to serve as a sort of vertical-market operating system. The benefit to users is somewh...

.Net comes to WebSphere Portal

In the beginning, Mainsoft released Visual MainWin for Java EE, which compiled .Net CIL (Common Intermediate Language) code into Java bytecode. As technically fascinating as that was, on its own it provided limited traction. Much of Microsoft's attra...

Inside Google's mobile future

The Open Handset Alliance's Android SDK for creating mobile applications throws a few semantic curves at Java developers, but for the most part, they will feel at home; just be prepared for some rough terrain, and be sure to bring plenty of hardware

Inside Google's mobile future

Android is Google's foray into the handheld OS realm. It follows a path trodden by -- among others -- Symbian's Quartz, the SavaJe operating system, and J2ME. In fact, one of Android's stated goals is to overcome some of J2ME's shortcomings. Whether ...

FastObjects add option to .Net databases

FastObjects .Net brings object-oriented database technology to the .Net environment. Given that the majority of .Net database applications employ RDBMSes on their back end, you might wonder if it makes sense to choose an OODBMS (object-oriented datab...

Visual MainWin offers best of .Net, Java

When I first heard about Mainsoft's Visual MainWin for J2EE, I thought the concept was a harebrained idea. Just skimming some of the product's help topics sent me reeling: "Developing ASP .Net applications on J2EE." Give me a break.

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