Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Sun's truce with IBM (for now)

InfoWorld reports -
In detailing IBM’s renewal of its Java agreement, Schwartz acknowledged that there has been “a little bit of a chill” in the relationship between the two vendors. But IBM and Sun announced an 11-year extension to their Java technology agreement. IBM will continue to license Java technologies from Sun including the Enterprise, Standard and Micro editions of Java as well as Java Card technologies. IBM also will continue participating in the Java Community Process.

In addition, IBM will port its DB2, Tivoli and WebSphere middleware to Sun’s Solaris 10 OS. The agreement, said Robert LeBlanc, general manager of the WebSphere product line at IBM, shows that IBM and Sun are in Java for the long haul.

Peace - and prosperity - for the community

Positive reviews for the Sun App Server 8.1

Good review/comparison with WebSphere

Friday, June 24, 2005

Eclipse's "external" contributors

A good flame war on IBM's hypocritical claims of "the huge number of external contributors in Eclipse"

Friday, June 10, 2005

Good DTrace introduction (flash)


netBeans Abbreviations

You can add your own abbreviations (i.e editor shortcuts) to NB by creating/modifying the abbreviations.xml under [user-home-netbeans-dir]\4.1\config\Editors\text\x-java\.
Roman Strobl explains.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

NetBeans overtakes Eclipse

NetBeans has surpassed Eclipse on the Daily Traffic Rank Trend on June 7th.
Here's the evidence.

Contributing to the J2EE SDK (RI)

If the title interests you, this is where you should be headed - https://glassfish.dev.java.net

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Sun CTO on divergent processor ISAs

Worth a read

Tree felling around Sankey

I was alarmed to see trees lining the walking-track around Sankey Tank being felled this morning. But, on enquiring at the Deccan Herald office, I found out that they're following a carefully laid-out development plan for the peripheral areas of the lake. A committee is supposedly in place to carry out the planning & implementation of this. The reporter was kind enough to provide details about this. He even said that 2 new trees will be grown in place of every OLD tree chopped there. But, when I asked him if such "committees" were not acting as per their own whims & fancies, he just said, "We're hopeful that that's not the case & that all this is not an eyewash.We're keeping an eye on developments".
In retrospect, the press is probably the last powerful institution that's capable of protecting Bangalore's ecological balance. (Sigh)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

A Mac laptop running on Niagara?

Read this blog on ZDNet that goes like-

"So what can Apple do? What they should have done two years ago: hop into bed with Sun. Despite its current misadventure with Linux, Sun isn’t in the generic desktop computer business. The Java desktop is cool, but it’s a solution driven by necessity, not excellence. In comparison, putting MacOS X on the Sun Ray desktop would be an insanely great solution for Sun while having Sun’s sales people push SPARC based Macs onto corporate desktops would greatly strengthen Apple.

Most importantly, SPARC is an open specification with a number of fully qualified fabs. In the long term Apple wouldn’t be trapped again and in the short term the extra volume would improve prospects for both companies. Strategically, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Niagara rocks. You want low power use for a laptop? How about an eight way 1.4Ghz SMP core with TCP/IP and cryptography done in hardware - at 65 watts flat out. There are some serious software issues, but get past them and you’ve got eight to ten Xeons in the box - at 65 watts.

Sun’s president, Jonathan Schwartz, put a nice invitation for you in his blog last Sunday. Maybe you should think about it..."

Sun folks(you need to pursue this...) & Apple folks, ARE YOU LISTENING??? Isn't this worth a try?

Monday, June 06, 2005

Sun:leading everywhere

Some really heartening developments :

1)The E20K kicks IBM's 32 way power 5 based server and one from HP that has a similar (but in the end - inferior) configuration.

2)The new netBeans gui builder simply rocks!!!

3) netBeans draws level with eclipse

4)Sun acquires storagetek to add to the procom IP acquisition and tarantella(on the secure,remote desktop front).

Hopefully, all these will see sun hitting back hard at its competitors in the quarters to come.