In a story today, News.com's Matt Hines reports on whether, or when, SAP will jump into the hosted/on-demand/SaaS applications business a la salesforce.
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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.
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.
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.
Updated 12:10 PM 7/1/05. Tim O'Reilly spoke today at Where 2.
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.
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.
While I was at Gnomedex in Seattle, I met with blogger and PR maven Steve Rubel (CooperKatz & Company) and his client, Chris Sloop, a founder and the CTO of WeatherBug. Steve believes that the Web is transforming the practice of his profession.
"I would love to tinker with the Java language, but that’s not where I feel the pain now," said Java creator James Gosling during an early morning JavaOne session. He, along with Tim Bray, John Fowler and Simon Phipps, discussed the future of Java and applications development this morning at JavaOne.
Look no further than what's going on in the search arena. There is clear evidence that having multiple players competing aggressively is an optimal state.