Microsoft is promising not to use their patents against implementations of a large number of Web Service specifications. Are they making good on their "we won't be evil either" pledge? Is it enlightened self-interest? Or are they saving their ammo for more lucrative targets?
Who said computers have to be all work and no play? Software developer and author Ed Burnette shares his unique view of industry trends, technologies, and personalities.
Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.
The editors of JDJ were asked to nominate three products each that made a major impact on their own development and the Java community as a whole. And the winner is? Well, it depends on whose press release you read.
A new poll by Methods & Tools magazine shows that of people that had an opinion, 82% ranked open source software such as MySQL, Eclipse, PHP, or JBoss superior or identical in quality to their commercial equivalents.
Instantiations demonstrated their new GWT Designer at a BOF last night at Eclipse World. The new designer includes a number of features to simplify development of GWT applications including bi-directional code generation and wizards for things like remote procedure calls.
If initial experiments are any indication, the team working on the Java Browser Edition (now called the Java Kernel) will be straying quite a bit from what users really need. What they need is a Java competitor to Flash. Break the mold, discard conventional thinking, and embrace the idea of Java everywhere with editions customized for the needs of users on each platform.
Most of the time when a security hole is discovered in Windows, users have to wait until the next monthly "Patch Tuesday" to get it fixed. Sometimes an exception is made if the flaw is particularly bad. Therefore Microsoft must consider the FairUse4WM program the most critical security flaw ever!
Steve Irwin: 1962-2006. You will be missed.
A group of over 300 scientists and astronomers have started a petition to protest the definition of a planet approved by the International Astronomers Union at a meeting last week in Prague. The new definition had the effect of demoting Pluto to "dwarf planet" status.
Java 5 changes were bad enough; let's not repeat the mistake. If you want to program in Ruby, then program in Ruby and be done with it, but leave Java the language alone.
Researchers at UCLA and the University of Florida have created a new type of distributed spam-filtering system that is more efficient and scalable than the alternatives in use today. By using your existing e-mail contact network, this approach can achieve a near-100% spam detection rate with minimal bandwidth cost.