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Studying up on J2EE ... WhatsUp takes step forward ... pcAnywhere's age isn't a factor.

Studying Up on J2EE

In February, Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolfs "Enterprise integration patterns" held on to its no. 1 spot on amazon.Coms list of best-selling enterprise it books. It managers also must have been preparing for sun certifications last month because two j2ee study guides made the top 10.

AMAZON.COMs top 10 Enterprise books for FEBRUARY

1. Enterprise Integration Patterns: Designing, Building, and Deploying Messaging Solutions
By Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf, Addison-Wesley Professional, $39.73, Hardcover

2. Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
By Martin Fowler, Addison-Wesley Professional, $54.99, Hardcover

3. Head First EJB (Brain-Friendly Study Guides; Enterprise JavaBeans)
By Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, OReilly Media, $28.32, Paperback

4. Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
By Mark Cade and Simon Roberts, Prentice hall ptr, $28.34, Paperback

5. Enterprise Solutions Patterns Using Microsoft .Net Version 2.0: Patterns & Practices
By Microsoft, Microsoft Press, $18.89, Paperback

6. Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
By Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey, OReilly Media, $29.67, Paperback

7. Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology
By Rob Snevely, PrenticE hall ptr, $78, Paperback

8. Linux Enterprise Cluster: Build a Highly Available Cluster with Commodity Hardware and Free Software
by Karl Kopper, No Starch Press, $32.97, Paperback

9. Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051)
By Paul Allen and Joseph Bambara, McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, $37.79, paperback

10. Enterprise Architecture Planning: Developing a Blueprint for Data, Applications, and Technology
By Steven H. Spewak, qed pub group, $90, Paperback

As compiled for eWEEK by from its sales database, from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28.

WhatsUp Takes Step Forward

Ive been using Ipswitchs whats-Up Gold network monitoring tool for years, but it looks like Ill be making a switch to WhatsUp Professional 2006 Premium.

Gone in this version are the blocky-but-lovable network diagrams. And the sleek new interface is just the most visible improvement to the product.

The recently released WhatsUp Professional 2006, which costs $2,495 to monitor as many as 100 devices, can track some Microsoft Windows services and performance indicators. It even restores services that are supposed to be (but arent) running on these systems.

For a small, Windows-only shop, these tools should come in handy. During tests, it was very simple to configure alerts and service restarts. I got e-mail messages whenever a machine became unavailable, and I was able to restart Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange services on monitored systems.

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--Cameron Sturdevant

pcAnywheres Age Isnt a Factor

Symantecs pcAnywhere Turns 20 years old by adding a gateway tool. The pcAnywhere 12 Gateway feature allowed us to easily connect to systems running the pcAnywhere agent behind a firewall.


pcAnywhere 12, which became available in March, provides remote control across a range of operating systems. Although many desktop operating systems now come with a remote control feature, none matches pcAnywheres range.

A single license for Symantec pcAnywhere is $199, and a single license for the host (the remote control target) is $99.95.

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--Cameron Sturdevant

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