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[SunWorld February 1998 table of contents]
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Getting started with Python by Cameron Laird and Kathryn Soraiz
Easy to learn, easy to use: Python is worth checking out. (3,000 words)

What's the point of XML? by Ed Tittel
Find out what this much discussed, but little understood technology can actually do. (5,500 words)

Can mainframers and Unix die-hards get along? by Chuck Musciano
What are their differences and what can you do to bridge the gap? (2,300 words)

What has Compaq gotten itself into? by Rick Cook
Sun may have a strong new competitor; or perhaps Compaq's got a $10 billion headache. (2,700 words)

Could a little known group within Sun transform the company into the next Microsoft? by Robert McMillan
Have you heard about JavaSoft's Application Group? Not many people have. (1,500 words)

Users find promise, pitfalls as security vendors consolidate by Rebecca Sykes
One-stop shopping and best-of-breed products aren't always compatible. (1,500 words)


Top news stories

Elvis+ distances itself from Sun by Ken Masica
While its relationship with Sun remains part of a high-profile Commerce Department investigation, this Russian software company is planning a major internal shake-up.(1,500 words)

Tcl creator leaves Sun to form startup by Cameron Laird and Kathryn Soraiz
What does this mean for Tcl? (1,000 words)

HP takes a step toward fault tolerance by Robert McMillan
Company to partner with Cisco and Oracle on high availability products. (800 words)

Cisco buys WheelGroup for network security by Marc Ferranti
WheelGroup's intrusion detection and security scanning software to expand Cisco's security app offerings. (300 words)

What does the DEC/Compaq merger mean for Alpha? by James Niccolai
Does Compaq need the world's fastest RISC processor? (900 words)

The Internet Files The Internet Files: news on the latest Internet standards and struggles by IDG News Service
Clinton domain name plan removes government control; AOL separates content and 'Net access in Europe. (1,100 words)


Career Advisor: Staying hot, a quality assurance quandary, and a no brainer career move by Edgar Saadi
This month: How can I stay all around white-hot in my systems administration career? What does it take to be the best quality assurance engineer out there? And if it seems too good to be true, is it? (1,400 words)

Bill's Bookshelf Bill's Bookshelf: Technology (and ego) gone too far by Bill Rosenblatt
Two radically different views of the glory and the gore of information technology. (2,200 words)

Readers Speak Out: Letters to the Editor
This month: On-the-fly career advice for those ready to make the jump; Adrian Cockcroft's performance breakdown of today's I/O solutions; and security fixes and facts with Peter Galvin

More news

Sun launches major storage push by Rebecca Sykes and Elinor Mills
Sun expands its storage offerings with a new family of Intelligent StorEdge servers. (1,000 words)

Updated!Eye on the competition Eye on the competition: Up-to the-minute news on Sun's rivals by IDG News Service
CheckPoint to sell encryption boards. Digital's plans following Compaq acquisition begin to clarify. Digital reaffirms Alpha commitment by unveiling 1,000-MHz RISC chip; DEC talks storage and NT. (8 stories posted)

WRQ makes another connection by Stephanie Steenbergen
Reflection Gateway 7.0 links Windows desktops to NFS resources. (600 words)

Network Flight Recorder releases new software by Stephanie Steenbergen
Provides powerful TCP filtering for network managers. (1,400 words)

Updated!SunSpots SunSpots: The latest tidbits on Sun deals and product news by IDG News Service
JavaOne: Sun to expand Java distributed computing effort; Sun to introduce developer kit to speed development of Solaris on Intel; A visit to Sun's usability testing labs; Sun pushes Java's performance, browser independence; Sun remains the #1 Unix workstation vendor, but when you count NT, HP sells the most. (8 stories posted)

Updated!SunWorld's Net News Central compiled by Craig Knudsen
Your quick resource for Sun-related headlines on the World Wide Web -- including links to full-length articles.

New products
If it runs on, plugs into, or talks to Sun, SPARC, or Solaris, it's here in the industry's most comprehensive and timely new product listing.


Webmaster: Tips for proper Web site management by Chuck Musciano
How many of these internal site management ideas can you check off as "complete"? (2,200 words)

Inside Solaris: Fiddling around with files, part one by Jim Mauro
This month, we address one of the most frequently asked questions about Solaris, "how many files can I have open?" We'll examine the file interfaces in Solaris, how the kernel manages open files, and what the limits are and why they exist. (2,600 words)

Security: Pete's Wicked World -- Enter the secure shell by Peter Galvin and Steve Acheson
Turn remote login from security hole to security strength with ssh. (3,000 words)

Performance Q&A: Perfmeter unmasked by Adrian Cockcroft
We tell you how it works and what data it collects for display. (3,600 words)

Connectivity: DSL -- in depth by Rawn Shah
Learn about DSL types, how they work, and how they reach your computer. (2,400 words)

Unix 101: Command line psychology 101 by Mo Budlong
How the shell program interprets commands. (1,500 words)


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