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Blog Archive for cwfrei during May 2008

In 9 days the EURO2008 soccer championship will start in Switzerland. And in 25 days Jazoon'08 will kick-off. Don't worry about EURO2008: there are still plenty of hotel rooms available in Zurich and you will be able to watch the only game scheduled during Jazoon on our large movie theater screens with commentary in English.
In many sessions e.g. in the Script Bowl on Day 2 Scala was a topic of interest at JavaOne (don't ask me why Scala was in the 'Script' bowl). Some of the features of this functional language certainly impressed. In the Java Posse BOF (Java Posse Episode 186) it was discussed what the potential of Scala in the world of programming languages is. For sure dynamic languages have a different standing...
The question is of course not new. But is it obsolete? The following comments arose from a Q&A with Jonathan Schwartz and Rich Green at JavaOne as well as the 'Scripting Panel' with Charles Nutter, Tor Norby, Ted Leung, Guy Laforge, and Greg Murray moderated by Tim Bray. The number of languages/frameworks for sure does not become smaller. Some of the actual examples discussed in the panel...
In his JavaOne keynote Rich Green (Executive VP Software) presented the acquisition of MySQL as a success story so far, demonstrated in the increased number of downloads. Geeks are usually skeptical when they hear about an acquisition like this one. I also have to admit that I saw some industrial logic in it but also remained reserved owing to potential drawbacks. The question of course is what...
In today's keynote, Rich Green (Sun's Executive VP Software) pointed out the increasing importance of RIA showing a compelling demo of a JavaFX application. The application merging sources from Youtube, Flickr and Twitter running in a browser could be simply dragged onto the desktop to run there. The same application was even shown to run on the Android emulator. RIA are an important step on the...