I've just left an exciting week in Brazil where I had the honour to be a part of the strong and extensive Java family there. I've written before about Brazil so you may already know the respect I have for the steps the government there is taking to promote community-based software development.
I'm pleased to announce that the Coyote project is now open for business. Coyote is a module for NetBeans that adds support for scripting, initially Jython and Groovy. It's in its early days but we'd welcome involvement from all scripting users on the Java platform.
There' s a free event for the Java Communities on Tuesday night too - 6-9pm in the Argent hotel, Metro 3 room. I gather there will be free food and drink to be consumed in the company of community representatives from each of the Java communities (java.net, JXTA, Jini and the JCP who I gather are the hosts) and that everyone is welcome.
Got a Java blog? Come to the joint Java blogging community informal meet-up next Monday. Details at the Atlassian site, please blog that you're coming & trackback to http://confluence.atlassian.com/rpc/trackback/5369
Tucked away in the corner of the FISL exhibit hall in Porto Alegre was a stand staffed by the Brazilian OpenOffice.org group - enthusiastic, friendly, welcoming.
According to Kirk Pepperdine, Gartner does not include open source application servers in their surveys. Two interesting comments from Kirk's article:
The next question is, how does open source get reported? By definition, open source draws no licensing revenues and by definition carries a 0% market share.
In a recent posting on my personal blog, I commented on the different kinds of postings people make to blogs.
Patrick Luby let me know that he's released v0.8 of NeoOffice/J, the Java-front-ended version of OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X. And that he's added Clipboard support! WoooHoo! Way to go Patrick! It's getting sooo close.
I hear from my friend Neal that the webcast next Tuesday showing Java Desktop System should be good.
My friend Max has a new 17" Powerbook so we spent the afternoon gathering the extra software he wanted to get up to fully productive speed. Among the downloads was NeoOffice/J v0.7.1, Patrick Luby's latest release of his Java-front-ended OpenOffice.org.