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
The Document Foundation (TDF) has issued an official statement confirming
that LibreOffice for Windows from SUSE is now available on the Intel AppUpSM
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
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)
This post is written in association with Pentaho, a commercial open-source
(COSS) provider of reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and data
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
Historical Note: If you do still want the... (more)
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
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)
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)