Thursday Feb 07, 2008

SXDE 1/08 is Released!

 

Sun Microsystems has released Solaris Express Developer Edition 1/08, Sun's free OpenSolaris-based distribution targeted at developers.

This release brings together integrated web stack (Apache, MySQL, Ruby, Php, PostgreSQL), NetBeans 6.0, interoperability with Microsoft's CIFS protocol, support for virtual machines via Sun xVM hypervisor, based on  technology developed by the Xen community, Sun HPC ClusterTools based on the Open MPI effort.

There are three ways to acquire Solaris Express Developer Edition 1/08: (1) Free download; (2) Have a free DVD mailed to you (at no cost); (3) Download a VMware SXDE 1/08 virtual machine.

Wednesday Nov 21, 2007

Blogging from Berkeley

Blogging from Berkeley, David Van Couvering, a database technologist at Sun Microsystems, has recently written some pieces examining PostgreSQL on Solaris. (I certainly look forward to even more such pieces, or maybe some pieces on migration from Oracle or MySQL. I think there are some interesting topics to explore in those areas when it comes to tooling.)

For example, take a look at his posts on "NetBeans, Ruby on Rails, and PostgreSQL on Solaris"and on "Starting PostgreSQL as a service in Solaris Express ."
 

Sunday Jun 10, 2007

PostgreSQL and Ruby Rock in the East

Read Jim Grisanzio's blog to see how PostgreSQL and Ruby rock in the East! ... There, you'll find pictures of Josh Berkus' PostgreSQL presentation, which may motivate you to learn more about the special features Solaris brings to its PostgreSQL distribution, and you may look, even further, into the new version of SXDE that's coming out with PostgreSQL 8.2.4 ... DTrace, Kerberos 5 and SMF enabled! ... For more on DTrace and PosgreSQL, see Robert Lor's weblog.

Wednesday Jan 17, 2007

TDD

The cost savings and efficiencies of Test-Driven Development (TDD) should be clear not just to any hardware engineer but also to software and other engineers, system designers and developers. In fact, even when we imagine we are developing without a test, we implicitly have some kind of test in mind: We build systems in order to elicit specific responses to specific stimuli (tests?) upon those systems. Most software developers know how a good test can drive their work, particularly when the system is complex with multitude of constraints and also when there are volumes of existing tests to detect regressions.

Peter Marklunds describes TDD with Ruby in some detail.

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