In a posting yesterday, I wrote that OpenOffice had been named the best download of 2007 by CNET. Here is a glowing review of OpenOffice.org 2.3, published by eWeek last November. The author cited OpenOffice's support of multiple platforms, free downloads, and numerous capabilities in its word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database applications as being the most impressive features.
Watch this CNET TV video on the best downloads of 2007. Hearteningly, OpenOffice tops them all: Open-source, free, and compatible with Microsoft Office formats, OpenOffice offers word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database capabilities.The top five winners are
Do visit the new Sun Products hub on Sun Developer Network. Just one click away are the related sites: Solaris OS, Java technologies, databases, developer tools, infrastructure software, Web services, scripting, and networking technologies. You're also pointed to recent updates, forums, spotlights, and featured products.
A ton of resources there for the developer community! Many of the...
OpenDS is the open-source project for Sun's next-generation directory service. A recent article describes how to build, debug, and run OpenDS in the NetBeans IDE. Only a few steps are involved. Good tip!
Late in January, Sun announced a $1 million awards program for six open-source communities:
Each community has its own program rules and criteria.
For details, see the press release and a blog posting from Sun chief open-source officer Simon Phipps.
New on Sun Developer Network Channel is CampusCast, a monthly podcast hosted by Haley Simon and Michael Coe, regional coordinators for Sun's Campus Ambassador Program; and Jordan Slott, global technical lead. Each month, a campus ambassador serves as a guest participant. You'll hear about the technology trends, research projects, computer curricula, and student experiences on the campuses.This...
Early this week, Eve Maler, principal engineer at Sun and an identity luminary, pointed me to her latest posting, XML at X; film at XI (clever title!). "As something of a birthday present," she's republished a book she cowrote with Jeanne El Andaloussi on SGML in SGML, Developing SGML DTDs: From Text to Model to Markup. It's a comprehensive, superbly organized, and well-written volume....
In a recent article on Sun Developer Network, Perl Scripts Offer Quick, Accurate Installation and Configuration of Sun Java System Directory Server, Sun's Jonathan Gershater demonstrates how to automate the process. Hosted with the article are examples of the script and the log.
Someone told me years ago that, by and large, computers and software were invented to accurately, consistently, and...
Early in January, I wrote about the newly launched FAMTalk, a monthly podcast hosted by Sun identity gurus. The February episode is now available: a presentation by Pat Patterson that discusses the history of the federation protocols, Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, OpenID, and other related topics.Pat is joined by other identity experts in the podcast. A PDF file of the slides...
Sun just launched a portal for student developers. At a glance are many resources: hot technologies, free software, entry-level jobs and internships, opportunities for open-source participation, blogs from campus ambassadors.
Come join the Sun student community!