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By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2003-03-10 Print this article Print

: Tech Outlook 2003"> As information and function interact up and down the entire supply chain, its vital for application code to have internal controls on what resources should be available to what tasks. Mainframe developers may get a grim satisfaction from the industrys painful rediscovery of disciplines that seemed to have been left behind by the luxury of "one user, one machine," but the security issues today are more complex than ever.

The security thats always been available in Java, and thats far more accessible and easy to tailor in Java 2 Enterprise Edition than it was upon Javas debut, sets the standard—but the security features available to developers on Microsofts .Net platform deserve more attention than theyve gotten in all the confusion created by Microsofts less-than-clear positioning of the .Net brand.

Using these new tools to build applications is not the same thing as building a new architecture, any more than a Gothic cathedral built of steel is a skyscraper. Anyone could look at the latter structure and recognize inappropriate, inefficient use of materials, but it takes more effort to look behind the façade of enterprise IT and appreciate the new freedoms—and the new constraints—that will shape the skyline to come.

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Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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