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JavaScript: Beyond Just Web Apps By Omed Habib The age of computers is over. You are now living in the age of intelligent processing by just about everything else. Like vacuum tubes and tape drives, desktops and laptops are on their way to becoming odd relics of a distant age, if people remember them at all. That may sound a bit extreme, but the fact is that applications are not married to any technological substrate, not even the most advanced mobile devices. That is why smart developers have already turned their attention to using JavaScript for building out next-generation technology like drone controllers, big data management tools, and connectors for the Internet of Things (IoT). The World After Web Apps In Fabio Nelli’s “Beginning JavaScript Charts: With jqPlot, d3, and Highcharts,” he starts off by saying “JavaScript is experiencing a rebirth as a result of t... (more)

This Week in Cloud, October 12, 2012: IBM & AT&T’s cloud offering, CIO survey reveal cloud growth, Cloud cartoon caption contest. And more…

Watch CloudViews Unplugged! Watch the October episode of CloudViews Unplugged – a monthly video blog analyzing the top cloud news stories. Cloud News IBM and AT&T are teaming up to deliver new cloud services over private networks, according to this ComputerWorld article. As part of the new offering, customers will have access to IBM’s cloud resources over AT&T’s virtual private network, which the companies claim will result in improved security. A recent survey reveals that companies are seeing mostly positive results from adopting cloud technology, according to this a... (more)

Java Gaming: 2D Rendering

Part 1 of this article ("Java Gaming: Understanding the Basic Concepts," [JDJ, Vol. 9, issue 10]) covered the basics of a game framework. Part 2 goes into more depth on the actual 2D rendering specifics and the resulting demo: the Ping program (see Figure 1). 2D Rendering Game rendering is a subject that has great depth and complexity. This article focuses on the topics that we believe are the most important to 2D games and Java games programmers: Fullscreen and DisplayMode management Buffering Images Video memory constraints Performance tip: intermediate images Fullscreen and D... (more)

XNA, Game Development for Everyone

Maybe some of you remember a time when we created a sprite on a piece of graph paper and afterwards hacked zeroes and ones in so we could see something eventually move on a TV screen. I have to admit that those days have been gone for a long time and a lot of things have happened in IT since I developed simple games on my C64. And one of these new things is XNA Game Studio (the current version is 2.0). Is this something for you? Well, maybe you have a good idea for a computer game, but don't know how to do it. In the past game development was very hard, but it's become easier (I... (more)

SimSTAFF Plays Key Role in Supporting Fidelity Technology Growth

Patrick Callahan, director of recruiting at SimSTAFF Technical Services, said the firm had already secured a staffing contract with Fidelity Technologies, a Reading, Pennsylvania firm that ranks as one of the nation's largest developers of simulation technology. Additionally, SimSTAFF was able to assist Fidelity Technologies in other ways by identifying sublease space for the company to rent for its satellite office in the Orlando area and by introducing Fidelity executives to the local technology community. "Because we work with participants across the simulation and gaming indu... (more)

Nokia and Sun to Drive Multiplayer Mobile Java Gaming

At the JavaOne Developer Conference, Nokia and Sun Microsystems extended their cooperation to simplify the development and delivery of mobile multiplayer Java technology-based games for developers, service providers and operators. Under this extended collaboration, the Nokia SNAP Mobile solution will be integrated with Sun's Java 2 Platform Micro Edition Wireless Toolkit, Sun Java System Content Delivery Server and Sun Java Enterprise System running on the Solaris platform to deliver a carrier grade solution. This end-to-end, integrated offering will provide mobile operators and ga... (more)