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Free EJB Tools, Marrying Flash MX to Java

by chromatic
ONJava Newsletter for 02/27/2003

Dear Readers,

Welcome back to another lazy Thursday afternoon. Kick back in your chair, pull up a lemonade, and enjoy two new articles we have for you this week.

The notion of Rich Internet Applications has been kicking around for a while. Let's face it--a web applications with an HTML or even a DHTML UI doesn't quite cut it for replacing a native application. Java applets may not be the solution either. If you're feeling pragmatic, why not write the interface in Flash and connect to an application server backend? Alon Salant introduces Flash Remoting MX for Java and demonstrates how this might solve your worries.

One of the drawbacks of "professional" Java tools is that they're expensive. One of the drawbacks of open source Java tools is that you have to find out about them. Thankfully, Emmanuel Proulx has done his homework for you. In this slight divergence from his EJB Inheritance series, he explores Free and Open Source EJB Tools. Curious about how to choose the right tool for J2EE development? Emmanuel has several good suggestions.

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Two weblogs this week have highlighted Uncle Bob Martin's tools for acceptance tests. We're working on an article about Fit and Fitnesse down the road. If you haven't checked out either, see Daniel Steinberg's weblog for more.

Next week, we'll take a look at hierarchical data sets as well as advanced text indexing with Lucene.

Happy hacking,

chromatic
O'Reilly Network Technical Editor
chromatic@oreilly.com

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