At a Glance: Last Week's Reviews
By chhandomay on Jul 14, 2009
VirtualBox 3.0 received rave reviews this week beginning with Ars Technica’s Ryan Paul, who called VirtualBox his “preferred desktop virtualization solution,” noting its excellent integration between guest and host environments. Rick Vanover, a self-proclaimed fan of VirtualBox, also highlighted the updated functionality of the 3.0 release while the Chicago Sun-Times’ Andy Ihnatko made special mention of the “practically seamless” integration with “your ‘real’ PC.” A blogger at we3geeks couldn’t agree more, stating that VirtualBox “has to be one of the coolest pieces of software I think I've come across. Ever.”
Accolades for OpenSolaris began this week with eWeek’s Jason Brooks, who tested out OpenSolaris 2009.06 and was most impressed with the flexibility and functionality of Crossbow network virtualization. A blogger from Blog O’Matty focused on a different feature, praising Solaris' “ability to generate a core file when a system panics,” which he felt was more seamless than in Linux.
Bloggers focused this week on the excellent troubleshooting tools offered by MySQL. One blogger opted to use the MySQL workbench tool, noting the stability and good overall quality of the program. Another chose a different route, demonstrating how to use Performance Tuning Primer Script in order to tune MySQL, a technique he noted is “easy to use and offers valuable output for MySQL performance optimization.”
Bloggers were active trying out the new NetBeans 6.7, yielding some great results in the process. Blogger Chandika, an Eclipse user, tested NetBeans 6.7 and was “seriously impressed” by its functionality and performance. Blogger James called NetBeans 6.7 “a great effort from the NetBeans team,” citing Hudson integration as his favorite feature. Finally, blogger Antony Du, a recent convert from Eclipse, explained his rationale for the switch: “[NetBeans] has all the languages I develop in on a daily basis built-in, offers additional services like connecting to databases...and most importantly it's still FREE.”