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jini for dist. programing

 
Jaime M. Tovar
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Anyone here who is working in distributed computing using jini? I have tried in the last months, but jini seems like stuck.

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The jini.org site seems to be pretty active and is probably the best place to get help.

What do you mean by "stuck"?

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Compared to other java technologies jini is much less active. I want to work with jini for distribute computing but a have found very few active projects using jini. Maybe I just looked in the wrong place but even I found that there are project to generate a java spaces api without the jini stuff. The jini.org site looks really fine but when I tried out the tutorials and examples, I found that they are out of date of the current jini distribution. The examples ran fine in a local machine but when I tried to run them in a distributed way the connections didn�t succeed. I converted to rmi objects and did the same thing and worked just fine. I think I miss configured something but after three days didn�t get the correct configuration following the site instructions step by step.

Would you recommend me to use rather plane rmi to do the distributed stuff? I mean jini concept sounds as just the api to use in distributed environments but I can�t invest a lot of time in a project if there isn�t a strong community supporting jini.
 
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I understand your concern - Jini does not get as much publicity as I think it should, and after much dithering there is still not a simple install and go package.

Sun is trying to create an open-source Jini project at the Apache Software Foundation. Take a look at this proposal (only a few days old).

Do you have a specific project in mind?

Most of the activity I see is using Javaspaces and there are some free Javaspaces releases.

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I�m working in a grid computing enviroment. So JINI just seems perfect in paper. But when I began trying to use it I found I has little commercial use.

I�m in the point where I need to decide to use an already working api for java grid computing. Or trying to do something new as adding functionality to a working api. The thing is that working api use RMI or plain sockets and it would be interesting to port some of their functionalities to JINI ground.
 
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