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As a software journalist, there are times when certain vendors will shut the door on reporting opportunities that might represent too much of an "inside view" of their technology or their organization. I've been to more developer events than I can remember where I've been handed a large red or yellow press badge so that I can be easily identified and kept out of the inner sanctums reserved for customers or employees. Given this reality, it was something of a refreshing surprise to be allowed to sit in on a Java Standard Edition training course at Sun's UK headquarters this month. Given the impact of the global economic slowdown I wondered whether companies would be investing more heavily in the staff they are retaining, perhaps to garner greater productivity from individual employees or simply as a route to keeping their Java development at the cutting edge in term... (more)

Intel distributes open source LibreOffice

The Document Foundation (TDF) has issued an official statement confirming that LibreOffice for Windows from SUSE is now available on the Intel AppUpSM Center. Formed to "fork" the OpenOffice productivity applications suite away from its originators now that the project sits under Oracle, LibreOffice is a free to download open source "Office" suite of apps largely compatible with Micrsoft technologies. A new online repository containing the LibreOffice download has been set up with specific compatibility for Intel processor-drive devices, particularly the company's Ultrabook hig... (more)

The Commercial Case for Open Source Software

This post is written in association with Pentaho, a commercial open-source (COSS) provider of reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and data integration software. The history of open source has already been written and rewritten a couple of times, so there's no need to go back to Genesis chapter one and revisit Linus Torvalds' "just a hobby, won't be big" comments too often. But open source became more than the sum of its parts and the hobbyists grew successful in domains that traditionally belonged to their proprietary relatives. Historical Note: If you do still want the... (more)

The Great Java 8 Debate

Java 8 has been reengineered and the most significant enhancement in this release is Project Lambda Expressions for the Java Programming Language. To be more comprehensive, the standout features of JDK 8 are Project Lambda the Nashorn JavaScript Engine and a new Date and Time API. Al Hilwa is program director for software development research at IDC and he says that right now, with this release, the changes related to Lambda expressions are the most important single new thing in SE 8. "Lambda should be seen as part of the drive to make Java attractive for use in parallel processin... (more)

Planet @Hadoop By @ABridgwater | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

What Kinds of People Live on Planet Hadoop? Labor market analytics firm Wanted Analytics recently assessed the market for technology professionals and found that demand for people with proficient levels of Hadoop expertise had skyrocketed by around 33% since last year - it is true, Hadoop is hard technology to master and the labor market is not exactly flooded with an over-abundance of skilled practitioners. Hadoop has been called a foundational technology, rather than ‘just' a database by some commentators - this almost pushes it towards being an ‘environment' rather than it bei... (more)