Tuesday Jan 29, 2008

Officially Open Source

Well, it's finally official! We, the Sun SPOTs project, are now officially Open Source! We have Open Sourced the whole ball of wax. The Software, the VM (Squawk), and even the Hardware.

Yep, all fully Open. And there are a bunch of new projects on java.net for you to dive into.

Head on over to java.net and sign up to join the project!

[ That secret you've been guarding, isn't. ]

Wednesday Sep 26, 2007

Moving towards Purple

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So we in Sun SPOT land seem to have a particular affinity for colors. We started our with animal names for our releases, but quickly realized that we didn't know enough animals that actually had spots on them (Beagles don't have proper spots, and neither do giraffes) after which we gave up. (To quote one of our British friends "could we use an animal that actually has spots next time?" :-) )

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So our first release was called 'Green.' That was v1.0 of the Sun SPOT SDK. Good, solid release. Lots of features, and we supported a fair number of platforms. Actually, it was way better than that. It rocked. Servo controllers built in. Tone generators built in. Lots of supported sensors. Fabulous stuff.

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Then came 'Orange' our 2.0 release. More platforms supported (Solaris x86 and Intel Mac, to be specific), and better performance, more features, and lots of other coolness. Multi-hop support, access to the UART, better sensor support. It out-rocked Green, for sure. But software is a moving target. And perfection is even faster-moving. Before Orange was even out the door we had already begun work on v.next.

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So now we're in the final stages of preparing our next release (Purple) for beta. We hope to be going live with a Purple Beta as soon as this weekend, if things check out with the latest release. We spin an SDK, and then we all pound away at it for a few days. If we can't break it, we figure it might be ready. Hey, this stuff does say "Experimental" right on the box. :-)

So look for a Beta of the Purple (v3.0) Sun SPOTs SDK soon. Don't know where to look? Well, I'll post something else about looking for Betas later.

And yeah, we're already starting work on v.next ...

["Whom are you?" said he, for he had been to night school. -- George Ade ]

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[2] (photo courtesy of watertownsurfer under Creative Commons license)
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