January 2001 From the Pages Departments

Editor's Note
It's Time to Change
Dwight Deugo

Java Buzz
Philip J. Gill
Object DB Vendors Look to Ride Java Wave Through Niches; Sun Gets Serious About Wireless; Sun Hits the Road With "Java-to-Go"; OSGi Forms Mobility Expert Group; and more.

Product Review
Name of the Game: Cross-Platform Features
InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition 3.5

Reviewed by L.J. Cohen
InstallAnywhere is the latest edition to the Zero G Software line of deployment tools. The UI is straightforward, the performance is very good, and it allows users to create installation programs that will fulfill the needs of almost any developer.

Real World Java
A Java Prescription for Healthcare Information Systems
Philip J. Gill
Per-Se has begun revamping its Patient1 product line by mixing a new Java client and middle-tier server applications with its legacy back-end systems and database. The new version of Patient1 incorporates a GUI, Internet access, and new Java business objects that update its existing software.

Java To Go!
To Check or Not to Check?
Todd Lauinger
Checked exceptions introduce redundant error handling in code. People ignore significant error handling in code with a catch-all-do-nothing block. Todd discusses how unchecked exceptions remove the redundancies in code, fix the inconsistencies, and handle errors more reliably.

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