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While security is a concern throughout an application, it is especially important for Web application components. An insecure Web application leaves a Web site vulnerable to many attacks, some that require nothing more than an Internet browser and a small amount of knowledge. The global and anonymous nature of the Internet means that a Web application can be attacked from anywhere in the world by individuals who frequently cannot be traced. Even if they are found, international law often makes prosecution all but impossible. Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) provides many security features. Understanding when and how to use these features is complex and error prone. Furthermore, J2EE security falls short of satisfying many of the needs of Web application developers. BEA WebLogic Server implements all of the J2EE Web application security features and extends them to h... (more)

Viewpoint: Is Google Growing Too Fast?

Neil Smithline's Blog Is Google growing too fast to continue to produce innovative software while maintaining the quality that has become expected of it? I've had some problems with their alerts and sent in comments and, excluding the automated email replies, have received no response nor has the problem been corrected. In general I would have to say I'm a fan of Google. I think that they have reached their current status through hard work and clever thinking from the top executives, to the coding monkeys, to the system administrators. Despite having had some problems with them, m... (more)

Google Maps Are A Bit Broken Right Now

Neil Smithline's "My Geekdom" blog It seems that Google Maps are a bit broken right now. In the "Screen Shot 1" you can see that I got two hits for the same store, differing only that one has the word "The" in the name. Excluding abbreviations, their addresses are the same although one has the unit # while the other just the address. One also lists a local number while the other an 800 number. These are a few minor problems. But the major problem is first that only one of the items is selectable. If you look at the "B" entry you can see that it is a red circle and not a push-pin sh... (more)