Larry Dignan

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The settling of old scores

While covering JavaOne I was talking to Sun chief technology evangelist Simon Phipps about all the recent rapprochement among the industry titans. He aptly described the trends as a settling of old scores.

July 1, 2005 by Dan Farber


One, lesser known strike against Eclipse

Yesterday, as a part of our ongoing coverage of JavaOne, I opined that this year's annual Java lovefest could turn out to be the last stand for NetBeans.  As I described in that blog, NetBeans is an integrated development environment  (one that embodies the write once run anywhere religion of Java) that's currently losing in an important popularity war against its rival IDE Eclipse.

July 1, 2005 by David Berlind


Might JavaOne have been NetBeans' last stand?

If you were a member of the press and a pre-registered attendee to JavaOne, you would have, in the weeks preceding the annual Java lovefest, had the dubious honor of a flood of e-mails from the public relations folks who represent the many members of the Java ecosystem.  This is not unusual in the weeks leading up to some big event.

June 30, 2005 by David Berlind


Views from the smartest people in Sun's orbit

A JavaOne panel with some of the smartest people orbiting Sun provided some insight into where Java, porgramming models, Google and man-machine relationships are heading. Guy Steele, a Sun Fellow and a key participant in Java's creation, talked about his latest language project, Fortress, which he described as "doing for Fortran what Java did for C.

June 30, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Legislative solutions to security problems

One thing I learned working for government is that if you don't solve your own problems, the legislature will do it for you--and you probably won't like the results.  So it was with Sarbanes-Oxley and, perhaps, now with a data privacy and security.

June 30, 2005 by Phil Windley

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What Sun open sourced, exactly

It's easy to get confused by all the knobs and levers that add up to Java and even more confusing when Sun announces that it's open sourcing something that's Java-related.  For years now, IBM and others have been pressuring Sun to open source Java and the idea of doing so has been the subject of significant controversy in the industry.

June 29, 2005 by David Berlind


Where 2.0 gives direction to new world of mapping

O'Reilly’s first Where 2.0 conference kicked off this morning in San Francisco with a preview of the latest in location-aware and mapping technologies along with the players who are using them to usher in a new class of Web applications and services.

June 29, 2005 by Chris Jablonski