Sunday Jan 27, 2008

Getting Started with Sun Studio Software Technical Article

The Getting Started with Sun Studio Software technical article is posted on in the Sun Studio Technical Articles docs collection. This is the first technical article in the Sun Studio Technical Articles collection on,and more articles will be added in the coming weeks.

Making Sense of Parallel Programming Terms is another technical article we have on that you might find interesting.

We've been working on getting a larger variety of smaller docs on We now have the Sun Studio 12 Compiler Options document on, and you can review the Sun Studio C, C++, and Fortran compiler options grouped by language or task.

In coming days, we will also have the Sun Studio readmes and Sun Studio man pages on

The technical articles complement information provided with the Sun Studio 12 and Solaris 10 Software Developers collections on

Why are we posting more doc types on Because we already have a solid core of documentation for Sun Studio and Solaris developers on, and we want to collect more of the technical documents in one spot.

I do want to emphasize that posting technical articles or other smaller docs on is not a replacement for all of the other great efforts being made to provide you with information. We have more ways to communicate with you than ever before, and a lot of people are trying new ideas all the time. The Sun Studio Wiki and the Solaris Developer Wiki are new with lots of opportunities for adding content.

I am encouraging people to participate with updating the Solaris Developer Blog

Sun Studio 12 C, C++ & Fortran Compilers and Tools and Soalris Developer Center on provides great sources of information for downloading Sun Studio.

For those of you interested in HPC, there is a lot of activity on, and the HPC Software Developer Resources is a great source of information.

Thursday Dec 15, 2005

SDN Channel on Multicore Computing

A new SDN Developer Channel on The Future of Multicore Computing is available on SDN Channels are monthly themes on tools and technologies. Of particular interest is the 15-minute video on high performance computing with contributions from Richard McDougall, Bryan Cantrill, Lawrence Crowl, and Nicolai Kosche.

The SDN Channel page includes links to blogs, tools downloads, and the Tools central link to the CMT resources page on the on the Sun Studio Tools and Compilers hub of

Wednesday Dec 14, 2005

New CMT Page on

Information. It's all around you, it's useful, and it's fun. Increasing your awareness of useful information is a good thing, and I am pleased to say that my value add for the day is to let you know of the new Chip Multithreading (CMT) page on the Sun Studio Tools hub of

The CMT page contains links to a variety of topics on Throughput Computing, OpenMP, MPI, and Sun Studio tools for parallel computing. Lots of great content, guaranteed to enhance your productivity and increase your satisfaction level.

Just to wrap up this blog entry, I'd encourage you to spend some time browsing the content on is the greatest thing since toaster ovens, so check out the content today.

Thursday Jun 30, 2005

JavaOne Is Over, But I Didn't Write a Thing Until Now

JavaOne is over, but I didn't write a thing. Getting home at midnight the last few nights, I'd think "Do I want to write a blog entry?", and I'd think "No, maybe tomorrow." I worked the show floor for three days, so I didn't get a chance to hear any keynotes or presentations, and I felt a little behind the times when people would ask about some of the interesting announcements.

Still, this was a great three days to talk to developers and to meet Sun employees from all over the world. So many voices on the phone, it's really nice to finally meet people face to face. During one conversation, the person said they needed to talk to David Lindt about something, and I thought for a moment, gee that's me. Turned out to be a very productive conversation since we were all there, including me.

The booth layout for JavaOne was really nice. Clusters of four groups, and we had Sun Studio 10, NetBeans 4.1, Java Studio Creator, and Java Studio Enterprise in our cluster. Thsi made it really easy to send developers to the right booth. It was also nice to see the people from Prague at the NetBeans booth, which was right next to our booth.

One of the more interesting conversations I had was with the people at the Global Education booth. We got to talking about how computer science and engineering students learn about developer products, and how we can get more information to students. The SDN Student Developer Program tells about resources for students, internet gamers, and researchers.

Busy couple of days, and I need to think about what we learned from talking to the developers that stopped by the Sun Studio booth. JavaOne isn't the main show for a product containing the C, C++, and Fortran compilers, but we found a number of people that needed to call legacy C and Fortran codes from Java apps. There is a connection between the languages, and we just need to communicate the relationships between the products and languages. A lot of times, it's easy to get into this debate of Java versus native languages, but it doesn't have to be either or. Developers use Java, C, C++, or Fortran, based on their requirements. Where it makes sense to use Java, then use Java. Where it makes sense to use C++, then use C++. Lot of important legacy Fortran apps out there, so don't write off Fortran yet. As technical communicators, we need to give you the information you need to do your job efficiently and with the right languages and tools.

Sunday Jun 19, 2005

HTML versions of Sun Studio 10 man pages on

HTML versions of the Sun Studio 10 man pages are on the Sun Studio 10 Documentation page of the Sun Studio Tools hub of The Documentation page also contains links to HTML versions of the Sun Studio 10 readmes and compilers and tools manuals.

HTML versions of the man pages and readmes are available for the following previous releases of the Sun Studio compilers and tools:

Version numbers for the compilers and tools, and the components of the various Sun Studio releases from Forte Developer 6 through Sun Studio 10 are listed in the Sun Studio Support Matrix, which is part of the Support page of the Sun Studio Tools hub.

Online versions of the Solaris 10 man pages are in the Solaris 10 Reference Manual Collection on

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