depending upon the problem domain, a very useful (albeit expensive) set of tools is StarLight, written for the US Government: http://starlight.pnl.gov/
highly recommended if you've got tough visualization problems. this tends to get used for the *really* interesting visualization challenges.
I'm going to mess with something, using Java, and I have a choice between using soap or xml-rpc. Does it matter which I choose? This'll be a pretty simple deal.
Thanks is advance to any who have input.
Another question I've been asking today is shouldn't the oracle shutdown immediate command be changed to shutdown eventually? It really would be more accurate and temper expectations.
According to all the latest reports, there was no truth in any of the earlier reports.