After a year, the Microsoft/SAP "Mendocino Project" has finally yielded a product, Duet, which is slated to ship in June. As promised, users of Microsoft Office can access selected SAP business processes and data.
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Yesterday's posting regarding JavaDB (see JavaDB: An idea whose time has finally come) has sparked a glass-half-empty vs. glass-half-full debate between ZDNet reader Justin James and Sun's Francois Orsini that drags the idea of thin clients and AJAX-programming through the mud a bit.
The busy folks at MIT's Media Lab are at it again--this time it's an "emotional social intelligence prosthetic" for people with autism. The device consists of a miniature, glasses-mounted camera and face-analysis software.
Last week I wrote about Sphere, the latest blog search engine to scour the blogosphere, while it was still behind the curtain. This morning the curtain opened for Sphere, beta of course.
We started the Internet Identity Workshop this afternoon at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The first day was intended to be tutorial.
The home page of ZDNet blogs has a new look. With our growing network of ZDNet bloggers, we needed a more interactive and fluid way to present the broad range of content and daily flow of posts.
Sun has reeled back another former executive. Stephen Shankland got the scoop that Rich Green, who was an executive at the Sun-laden startup Cassatt, is returning to Sun to run the software division, recently vacated by John Loiacono, who went to Adobe Systems in March.
One of the reasons I was finally inspired to finish that JavaDB piece I just wrote (after starting the homework for it in January) was because a ZDNet reader recently contacted me regarding a two year old piece I wrote that asked whether or not Sybase and iAnywhere were the go-to guys for database synch. Even though some would lead you to believe otherwise, reliable connectivity isn't that ubiquitous and it's for this reason that I have said and still believe that synch is still king.
Nick Carr asks who is making the big money in the Web 2.0 era of user-generated (or user-submitted if you are Google) content.
Last year, at ApacheCon, according to Sun Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps, Sun senior staff engineer Francois Orsini apparently gave a demonstration of JavaDB -- Sun's version of Apache Derby. Apache Derby is basically a full blown relational database management system (RDBMS) that's based on pure Java.