BusinessWeek reported yesterday that three core open source companies--JBoss (middleware), Zend (PHP) and Sleepcat (database) --are in Oracle's crosshairs. The omnivorous Oracle recently made waves by acquiring InnoDB, an open source storage engine for database competitor MySQL.
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Video: David Berlind, the Mashup Camp captain, sketches out his definition of "mashup" on the whiteboard. His predicition--by 2007 there'll be 10 new mashups per day.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, I give David, still suffering from a bad back but nonetheless full of pain killers, wit and insights, my rundown on what was hot at Demo 2006. Among my favorites, Klugle, Riya, Panoratio, Vivid Sky, several photo sharing apps, Iotum, Nexidia, to name a few.
I have been getting reports today from salesforce.com customers about ongoing outages.
With the recent talk about Lisp, I got to thinking maybe I ought to look into how Lisp might work for some of the projects I'm involved in at BYU. I use Scheme a lot, but I thought Lisp might have more library support for some things I care about.
In the ongoing quest to optimize, tweak and refresh pages, Yahoo is testing a new home page look (image captured on Yahoo's Flickr site). Having worked on many home page redesigns, the big questions boil down to little items and block moves.
Rob Hof of BusinessWeek has the details on Edgeio, the formerly supersecret startup led by Keith Teare and Mike "TechCrunch" Arrington. The startup apparently plans to make the tag "listing" its backbone and RSS a core listing content delivery mechanism for moving into classifieds, which is currently pervaded by the likes of eBay and Craigslist.
Cameraman Vincent Tremblay and CNET's Rafe Needleman got video on some of the hottest products at Demo: From blog to book Eileen Gittins, CEO of Blurb, gives CNET's Rafe Needleman a first look at her blog-to-book application. With several templates to choose from, including travel and poetry, this soon to be released application has support for both Mac and PC.
Demo 2006: At the close of Demo, John Patrick led a discussion on the state of security with Partha Dasgupta, an associate professor at Arizona State University specializing in cryptography; Hillarie Orman, chief technology officer & VP of engineering, Shinkuro, Inc., and Charles Palmer of IBM Research.
Apparently, devotees of the C++ programming language are putting their feet down when it comes to the naming conventions for a project that's been underway at Ecma. Yes, the same Ecma consortium that will eventually be putting its imprimatur on Microsoft's XML-based file formats as a competing standard to the OpenDocument Format (the best thing about standards is that there's so many!