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Open Source

A short article, Sun Reports OpenSPARC Progress, reports on the latest of the project. Heartening to see! Recently formed is the OpenSPARC Community Advisory Board (CAB). One of the memebers, Dave Weaver, is a long-time colleague and friend, whom I used to call Mr. SPARC. Wonderful to see his name in print.Here are two more articles on the subject with more insight: Sun Creates Independent...
on Oct 13, 2006
Google just introduced Code Search, which lets you search "public source code", which I imagine is every OSS project they could lay eyes on. My first search (because I was just looking at the new version of commons-lang), was for "file:StringUtils.java". There were about 400 hits. There were even lots of different StringUtils classes in different apache products.  Though, it is clear these...
on Oct 5, 2006
Introduction Many of today's software development projects are changing the ordinary code/compile/test/debug cycle to accommodate some other concerns, like: keeping track of what is being developed and consequently if the project is achieving its stated quality and goals. Therefore, no matter what process you use, but at some point of the project timeline, the source code [one of your most...
on Oct 4, 2006
As Mark pointed out, I'm investigating the technical details on how we should migrate from TeamWare to a more recent SCM. At the moment I'm busy gathering data about Mercurial to determine the impact it will have on disk usage and time it takes to bringover (the TeamWare equivalent of the Mercurial clone command). I am also working with Kelly on how we should go about an migrate all...
on Sep 27, 2006
FOSS4G Day Four GeoNetwork Presentation I was able to attend this one, but only caught snatches of material as I reviewed my presentations for the day. Nice to see some new catalog profiles supported, I would really like to work against a public catalog that actually mattered to people. I am looking forward to seeing GeoNetwork step up to OSGeo involvement - it is one aspect of the...
on Sep 14, 2006
Open Source Live is a new event that seeks to merge a conference-like atmosphere with intense multi-day training. The idea is that when you leave, you've actually learned a lot. I'll be teaching JSF for two days, Chris Richardson (Author of POJOs in Action) will be covering Hibernate and Spring, Max Katz (Senior Engineer at Exadel) will be covering JSF and AJAX, and Jonathan Wetherbee (Oraclee...
on Aug 14, 2006
[I have edited this entry after its original post to more accurately communicate my own question and not to infer intent from the original poll.] I think the most recent java.net poll is a carefully worded question. The author assures me that the question is not specifically about Sun, and the poll question doesn't ask about a specific project. However, I think it leads naturally to a more...
on Jul 24, 2006
In a recent Q&A with ComputerWorld, Simon Phipps, chief open-source officer at Sun, discussed Sun's strategy and schedule for open-sourcing its software. Besides the Java programming language, open source of Sun's middleware is in the works, including a portal server, an identity server, and a Web server. The bottom line, according to Phipps: "[W]hen we create volume, we'll create revenue."...
on Jul 21, 2006
Ever since Sun announced at JavaOne its plan to open-source the Java programming language, a lot has been written about the background, the schedule, and the logistics. In a recent interview with CNET Rich Green, EVP of software at Sun, discussed the "different company" Sun is compared to two years ago, the road to profitability with open source, the timing for open-sourcing Java code, and his...
on Jul 12, 2006
In this interview (by yours truly), Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Part Two of a Conversation With Sun Microsystems Laboratories' Ron Goldman, with Sun's Ron Goldman, he talks about working with Richard Gabriel to help groups at Sun build successful communities around such open-source projects as Jini technology, the NetBeans IDE, OpenOffice, JXTA technology, java.net, and, most recently,...
on Jul 11, 2006
A ZDNet commentary, OpenSolaris One Year On: Success or Failure? , offers interesting statistics and insights on Sun's Solaris Operating System, which recently celebrated its one-year birthday. So far, more than 13,600 people have signed up for that open-source community, of whom only 1,400 are Sun employees. That's truly impressive!Here are a few other articles on the subject: OpenSolaris...
on Jun 20, 2006
Sun Microsystems has put lots of time, money, and effort into OpenOffice, the product, the organization, and the community. So, when OpenOffice adopted HSQLDB as the embedded DB, I was happy for the popular productivity suite. Not only did the product finally have a capable, 100% Java database, it would have great support and contributions from Sun as well. HSQLDB in OpenOffice...great idea. Sun...
on Jun 19, 2006
You may have heard of this announcement "it's a matter of when" .. well, that's turned into a lot of planning and meetings and discussions inside the java team. I haven't been able to post any blog entries, because my time has been consumed with those discussions and there's basically very little I can say because of the nature of those discussions. But what just came to mind is an open source...
on Jun 14, 2006
Now that Sun's big boys are trying to decide "how" to opensource Java (with the "why" worked out by Jonathan and Rich a long time ago I'm sure), it's time for the little boys like me to get excited about opensource licenses and what they mean. By the way, I suggested in an earlier blog "Swing trounces Ajax" that Sun will opensource Java to counter competitors (Microsoft, IBM and Red Hat) and...
on May 18, 2006
Linux.com has a great series "My Desktop OS..." which is usually a Linux desktop. I thought i should do a tongue-in-cheek one "My Desktop OS: Windows XP" - to highlight some of my frustrations with the Linux desktop of late - multimedia to be specific. Which boils down to me being too lazy to bother about my own freedom. I'll follow this up with another article, "My Desktop OS: FreeDOS" ;) So...
on May 11, 2006
The Apache Derby project is gaining momentum with heavyweight contributors like IBM and now Sun. Sun recently announced its support of the lightweight, embeddable database, and now has it available under their "Java DB" brand name. You can learn more about this database, how to get it, and how to actually integrate it into a desktop application. This article tells you how: Using Java DB in...
on Mar 30, 2006
There are at least two major styles of object-relational persistence frameworks. Mapping frameworks take an object-centered view of the world, and wrapping frameworks take a database-centered view of the world. Since Hibernate, Java developers have taken the mapping world view, pretty much across the board.True, the mapping view has its advantages. The biggest one is the ability to map to those...
on Jan 19, 2006
I was just reading Richard Feynman's essay Arlene, about the loss of his wife - written with a combination of wit, love, seriousness, practicality and a real sense of loss. That and another conversation and it made me think of one of the most fascinating people I ever knew. I write this in his memory, because to this day he lives in my memory, and I know I am not the only one. Sometimes you...
on Jan 13, 2006
GeoServer Transaction What makes GeoServer Special Recently there has been a lot of press about MapServer, everything from MapServer Junior to the formation of a Foundation. Welcome to the other team, the Java team, and here is what GeoServer does so well - WFS-T. For those new to the Open Geospatial Consortium standards scene there are a couple of levels of "compiliancy". WFS...
on Jan 9, 2006
Ladies and Gentlemen. 1.0 Final is out.
on Jan 6, 2006