The two big headlines today are that Java is on the road to open source ("It's not whether, but how. We'll go do this," new Sun software head Rich Green told the new Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz at JavaOne) and that the 'Q,' Motorola's thin, Windows Mobile smart phone/PDA is about to ship (in San Francisco for Gartner Symposium, Motorola CEO Ed Zander said, "We're in the throes of getting it released.
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Perhaps Gartner research director Darryl Plummer should have tried his message out on the folks across the street at NetBeans day (a prelude to JavaOne) before going out on a bit of a limb by saying software development will cease to exist. I'm rather certain based on the people that I bumped into, roaming around the argent hotel, packing rooms with demonstrations of development technologies like Matisse and Maven, that there might have been a riot.
Here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in San Francisco, Motorola CEO Ed Zander took center stage to, among other things, talk about his company's new smartphone (a term he refrains from using himself to describe the device): the Motorola Q. Zander admitted to the largely enterprise audience that Motorola is struggling with how to position the Q.
New Scientist reports that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created an online multi-player game called "Phetch" that captions Web images for the blind. It works thus: One player views a randomly-retrieved picture and constructs a pithy paragraph describing it.
Richard MacManus has a great review of the new Yahoo home page and podcast with Yahoo Chief Product Officer Ash Patel and Vice President of Front Doors Tapan Bhat. Richard concludes that the redesigned page is more contemporary and Web 2.
The world's most visited webpage, Yahoo.com, is currently previewing a major redesign, and Web 2.
Here in San Francisco, as I returned to my hotel from dinner with Redmonk's James Governor last evening, I bumped into Sun's chief open source...
With Dan Farber reviewing the future in San Diego and David Berlind delivering a reality check on Gartner presentations at the Symposium/ITxpo-side of San Francisco's Moscone Center, we're leaning on veteran software engineer, author and ZDNet blogger Ed Burnette to deliver regular reports from this week's JavaOne conference.
One of my favorite tools just got better. Answers.
Earlier this morning while getting ready to head over to the Moscone West conference center in San Francisco, I bumped into Sun's James Gosling (seen by many as the father of Java) who's in the vicinity for JavaOne (taking place next door to Gartner Symposium/ITxpo at Moscone North and South). We chatted for a while and he agreed to set aside some time for a podcast interview tomorrow.