Oracle-Sun hearing starts today while Sun ships new Java EE version

oracle sun Oracle Sun hearing starts today while Sun ships new Java EE version

The European Commission has started to listen to Oracle argument for its planned acquisition of Sun Microsystems. All eyes will be on Sun’s MySQL business unit as the talk held last month ended up in an impasse as the EC is concerned that the acquisition will seriously reduce competition in the hot databases market. Oracle will be helped by customers such as Vodafone, The UK National Health Service, BBV etc. Against this merger, you can find Microsoft and SAP.

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Google launches an open source programming language

google Google launches an open source programming language

“Oh, and by the way we’re launching our own programming language …” This is the latest news coming from Google today after a tornado of announcement last week: Acquisition of Admob and Gizmo5, new personal dashboards, free WiFi in US airport during holidays (Hey, Yahoo gives free Wifi too !), lower price of online storage etc. It looks like Go comes from an 20% time project R&D project and is becoming today a project opened to a broad community with formal support from Google. Here are its major attributes:

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High performance at massive scale – Lessons learned at Facebook

datacenter High performance at massive scale – Lessons learned at Facebook

Performance and scalability are high on the list of top requirement from the customer we deal with. The largest financial institution use our products at a global scale with access through the web. They expect low latency and of course a solution that can cope with future volume of utilization.
There are today 2 Internet giants who are facing scalability challenges every single day: Google and Facebook. I’ve had a chance to touched on some of these challenges talking to some of the Google engineers last week during GTAC 2009. Google is approaching the crazy number of one million servers so you can bet they have to be creative to handle their data. And deal with the carbon tax.

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15 technology trends to watch for Enterprise 2.0

enterprise 20 15 technology trends to watch for Enterprise 2.0
Forrester, has just published a very interesting study about what they think are the 15 technology trends to follow in the future: The top 15 technology trends EA should watch. Although the term is not mentioned in the report, there is a lot of concepts related to Enterprise 2.0. This is an area of interest for me as I think it will transform (it already does) the way we work in the future. As someone managing a large organization, I need to watch closely this transformation before it happens to stay ahead of the game and benefits from it as early as possible.
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Grand Central Dispatch – Future of thread programming?

multicore Grand Central Dispatch   Future of thread programming?
Interesting move last week from Apple ! They’ve made the source code of Grand Central Dispatch available under an Apache open source license. This is a new technology introduced in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard trying to help developers deal with growing multi-core requirement. In a nutshell, GCD is an abstraction of threads management which allows programmers to deal with them at a much higher-level. It introduce a pool mechanism and allow specific tasks that can be run in parallel to be queued for execution. A monitoring and scheduling mechanism allow them to be executed in parallel on available core.
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State of the economy is helping Agile development adoption

agile State of the economy is helping Agile development adoption
If you had some doubt about SCRUM and Agile development getting real in the software development world, here is an interesting chart showing the evolution of agile and SCRUM related job for the past 4 years. A picture is worth a thousand words and I guess this one clearly demonstrate a clear growing trend. We’re part of that trend as my software organization is transitioning to SCRUM. I’m taking my green pill everyday !

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Software testers and the nine forgettings

forget2 Software testers and the nine forgettings
I’ve attended the first day of SOFTEC 2009 in Kuala Lumpur and I had a chance to listen for the first time to Lee Copeland. One of his presentation was about the 9 things the software testing community tends to forget. He looks at each of these ‘forgettings’, the negative effects of each, how recognizing them can help us improve our testing, our organizations and ourselves. It’s definitely a good reminder for everyone involved in software testing !

His presentation was recorded but I’ve found the same one he gave in 2007 during STARWEST.

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