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Masood Mortazavi

Currently, Masood Mortazavi manages several teams of Sun engineers working on open-source technologies such as Apache / Derby (Java DB), MySQL Connectors, MySQL Docs and MySQL Developer Tools. He has also managed Sun's PostgreSQL and ORM teams prior to the MySQL acquisition. Masood joined Sun Microsystems' Java Software unit in 1999 as a member of the original J2EE team. He developed distributed transaction capabilities in RMI-IIOP and led the development team for GIOP 1.2. As a member of the carrier-grade J2EE project at Sun, he developed service control platforms and started a number of collaborations with SMI's mobile telecommunications partners. He has worked on SIP/IMS technologies for Sun and designed and developed a failure detection and recovery platform for cooperating processes. Masood has worked at Nasa Ames (Sterling Software), on DARPA projects (Teknowledge Corp.) and on satellite ground systems (Hughes) as well as for China National Petroleum Company. He has graduate degrees in business (MBA, Berkeley), journalism (M.J.. Berkeley) and scientific computing (Ph.D. in computational fluid dynamics, Davis) and did several years of post-graduate work in logic and methodology of science at UC Berkeley. He has published many technical papers and has multiple patents. He maintains separate weblogs at and at


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Soccer after JavaOne, near the Golden Gate Bridge?

Posted by mortazavi on May 3, 2007 at 3:18 PM PDT

User Interface for the Mortals

Posted by mortazavi on April 27, 2007 at 2:27 PM PDT

No, this entry is not about Java but you can hear all about Java at the upcoming JavaOne and at CommunityOne.

Elsewhere, I have written about paper as a user interface technology

Full Java Stack in Ubuntu

Posted by mortazavi on April 19, 2007 at 12:34 PM PDT

Let's follow Ludo's example, and get the full Java stack, including Java DB (Sun's Apache Derby distribution) for our Ubuntu systems.

A Mobile Java News Reader for Financial Times

Posted by mortazavi on April 9, 2007 at 9:58 AM PDT

Try it out, starting here and comment below how you like it. Leiki, the company behind it, works out of Helsinki.

Learning for Free in 2007

Posted by mortazavi on April 3, 2007 at 2:44 PM PDT

How often does one have the opportunity to learn about a whole software ecosystem for free?

You might be a JBoss, a Weblogic or a Websphere developer but you should not miss the

Where It is @

Posted by mortazavi on April 3, 2007 at 10:33 AM PDT

Tune in to Simon Phipps' SDNtv's special program on open source databases where senior database engineers at Sun speak about free, open-source databases embedded and bundled in Sun products:


Latest Open Solaris Community Metrics

Posted by mortazavi on April 2, 2007 at 11:41 PM PDT

You can find the latest Open Slaris community metrics here.

Java DB Support Services

Posted by mortazavi on March 5, 2007 at 9:22 AM PST

For those of you who do not already know, Sun is offering support services for two open-source databases: PostgreSQL and Java DB.

Building Apache Derby w/ NetBeans

Posted by mortazavi on February 28, 2007 at 6:09 PM PST

Now, thanks to Java DB and Apache/Derby team member John H. Embretsen, you have a recipe for building Apache/Derby with NetBeans.

DB Communities are Getting into Derby

Posted by mortazavi on February 26, 2007 at 10:54 PM PST

Computer World reports on the growth and history of Apache / Derby. (Sun Microsystems Inc. is now distributing Apache / Derby as Java DB with many of its products, including the JDK.)