Introducing Nonblocking Sockets (2 tags)
Nonblocking sockets, the new I/O API in J2SE 1.4, allow I/O operations on a channel without blocking the processes using it. This will allow for asynchronous high-performance read/write operations that will totally alter the techniques for developing socked-based applications.
From Word to XML (2 tags)
In the year's last Q&A column John E. Simpson discusses some of the issues surrounding the conversion of MS Word documents to XML.