Friday Nov 13, 2009

Sun news this week

Check out the short podcast below to catch up on Sun news this week!  Topics discussed include the announced availability of new Sun Ray Software 5, and the European Commission's Statement of Objections to Oracle's acquisition of Sun.

Friday Nov 06, 2009

Catch up on Sun news this week!

Catch up on what happened at Sun this week in this short podcast! Topics include new updates to Sun's Java Store Beta, Sun's new alliance with PayPal, Sun solutions in use at Columbia University and the University of Zurich, and Sun's top honor in the American Society of Training and Development's BEST Awards competition. (Brought to you by hosts Chhandomay Mandal and Maijaliisa Burkert.)

Friday Oct 30, 2009

Catch a recap of Sun news this week in short podcast!

Listen to the short segment below (less than 5 minutes!) for a recap of Sun in the news this week as Chhandomay Mandal and I review Amazon's new cloud storage offering based on MySQL open-source software, the 100 million download milestone hit this week, the announced availability of Sun investor proxy materials, and the new 3.0.10 maintenance release of VirtualBox.

Wednesday Oct 28, 2009

My interview with JFXStudio winner Mark Nankman

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing software architect Mark Nankman who was the winner of the September JFXStudio challenge. The challenge required developers to build an application with 30 or fewer lines of code in a single JavaFX file (30 lines as counted by actual lines, or 3,000 characters), with a 'time' theme, and Mark's Pacman clock application took first place! Mark has several years of experience in Java programming, and has recently turned his focus to Web 2.0 and RIA development, which is how he became interested in JavaFX.  He said he used to develop Adobe Flex front-ends to interact with Java back-ends, but didn't like the fact that it required 3 programming languages!  Turning to JavaFX Mark found that the programming language "makes developing maintainable rich web applications a lot easier."

When discussing Mark's winning Pacman clock application, he noted that it was relatively easy to build, and said he had a functioning product within 30 minutes of starting, stating that with JavaFX "you can do a lot with just a little code."  Mark said he needed to use just a few simple manipulations to keep the code within the 30-line limit, such as using compact SVGPaths, along with several other tricks he listed in his blog.  Overall, Mark noted that he as "amazed at just how powerful JavaFX is."  He reported only having to sacrifice one feature in his application -- the ability to dynamically resize the clock -- which he said simply couldn't be crammed into the 30-line application.

Read more of Mark's interview and listen to a podcast we recorded here in Reviews Interactive.

Also, for those interested in entering this month's JFXStudio challenge (theme: five), you have until midnight, Saturday October 31 to submit your entry, or actually, as Josh explains in this blog, a few extra bonus hours to turn your application in.

Friday Oct 23, 2009

Sun news this week

Have four minutes?  Then check out Sun news this week by listening to the short podcast below.  In this edition, Chhandomay and I discuss Sun's top spot in tape storage automation revenue for the first half of 2009, as well as an eWeek article discussing Sun's Solaris Operating System's optimization for Intel Nehalem processors.

Friday Oct 16, 2009

Student developer shares his thoughts on JavaFX

I recently conducted an e-mail interview with Abhishek Munie, a “long-time” user of the JavaFX programming language that has been published in Student Views and Reviews. Abhishek has been working with JavaFX since the 1.0 release in December 2008. Abhishek reported that he utilized the learning resources and samples available on to learn the program. He made regular, steady progress in learning the language and was able to develop and submit a complete application for the JavaFX Coding Challenge which he said “was a great experience.”

While Abhishek said he is still exploring the new features in JavaFX 1.2, he reported that his favorite new tools are the javafx.scene.chart and javafx.scene.control. He also said “screen and javafx.util.math class has made my work easy, but I expected more features to be available in class javafx.stage.” When asked what he would like to add to JavaFX right now Abhishek said, “I would like to improve the way a JavaFX application is deployed and run, and make it faster.”

Read more of Abhishek's interview in Student Views and Reviews.

Friday Oct 02, 2009

New JavaFX interview in Student Views and Reviews

I recently spoke with Joan Barrull, a law student currently working as a software engineer at Baratz, a software development company headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Joan has won several programming-related awards including the Mobius prize for a multimedia game in addition to a prize in the JavaFX Blogging Contest. Joan has been working with JavaFX for several months, and has already contributed to writing an application at Baratz to report employee expenses. He reported that JavaFX proved to be an ideal tool saying “we managed to write the application very fast...With JavaFX it is very easy to write prototypes and proof-of-concepts, so we use JavaFX often.”

During our talk, Joan stated that his favorite feature of JavaFX 1.2 is simply “ease of use.” He said he appreciates the fact that with JavaFX you can write a prototype “in just minutes,” which allows him to “focus on the users instead of dealing with obscure technical tricks.” Among the other features Joan noted as “awesome” characteristics were JavaFX's closures and binding. He stated: “Overall, JavaFX is a great authoring platform for designing graphical apps very quickly” pointing out that with JavaFX apps can be designed that “focus on providing a great user experience.”

Read more of Joan's interview in Student Views and Reviews.

Wednesday Sep 30, 2009

Student Mambo Banda talks JavaFX

Check out my recent interview in Student Views and Reviews with Mambo Banda, a 22-year-old software engineering student in his final year at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Mambo began using JavaFX in September 2008, learning the language in his spare time. He noted that the primary source of information he used in learning JavaFX was the API documentation which he said “is great, it has lots of examples and detailed information.” Mambo said that to this day he still relies on a lot of online blogs to learn JavaFX, such as Jim Weaver's blog, which he noted can have “great JavaFX samples and tips.”

In response to a question asking what he liked most about JavaFX Mambo stated: “I like the whole idea, the whole platform for creating visual applications.” Mambo said he likes the fact that with JavaFX “you can be creative and productive from the moment you pick it up.” Mambo also pointed out that one of the reasons he was drawn to JavaFX was its ability to access Java easily which “allows you to use traditional programming methods without sacrificing anything. Java is a rich language with a lot of years invested in it and you get all that for free in JavaFX.”

Read more of Mambo's interview and listen to our podcast in Student Views and Reviews.

Friday Sep 25, 2009

Sun News -- The Week in Review

Listen to the short segment below as Chhandomay and I discuss this week's announcement of key technology enhancements across Sun's Unified Storage systems portfolio.

Friday Sep 04, 2009

Danish hospital says ODF with OpenOffice is hassle-free

I came across an article this week that took a look at a Danish hospital that reported having "no problems at all" when exchanging ODF-based documents with other hospitals that use Microsoft Office 2003. 

The article struck me because it shows that it is possible for large entities to do business solely using OpenOffice. 

The key for the hospital was to ensure that the free Sun ODF plugin was installed.  After that, there have been no problems with exchanging documents including "large documents with indexes and footnotes," which are reportedly exchanged without problems.  The hospital also pointed out that "there is no data loss and there are no significant formatting issues."

However, the real issue at hand is the number of doctors and nurses they were able to gain when they quit paying the licensing fees for Microsoft Office more than five years ago! 

It's a good read and shows that OpenOffice, along with many other freely-available open-source products, can be successfully employed in a variety of operations -- including hospitals.

Sun News -- The Week in Review

Chhandomay and I give a quick rundown of happenings at Sun this week in the short segment below:

Friday Aug 28, 2009

Catch up on Sun in the news this week!

Listen to the short segment below to catch up on Sun news this week.  Chhandomay and I discuss the new Sun Cystorm Supercomputer at Iowa State University, the Rainbow Falls announcement at the Hot Chips conference, and Sun's top spot on the X-Force 2009 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report.

Friday Jul 31, 2009

Recommended:Article on open source technologies, focus on Europe

While sorting through my Google alerts for, I came across this article written by Sandro Groganz that has some interesting numbers, and a discussion regarding open source adoption around the world. 

To nobody's surprise, Europe leads the world in open source adoption mainly to avoid vendor lock-in.  The article delves into this, looking at the different European societies and markets within Europe.

It is a good read for anyone following open source news (and software vendors in particular), but lays out a clear method to approach the market and cultural barriers in what appears to be the most profitable sector for open source technologies. 

Tuesday Jul 28, 2009

Malaysia's success with OSS adoption

I came across an interesting article in ZD Net Asia that looks at the high adoption rate of OSS in Malaysia.

The Malaysian government was certainly an early adopter of OSS, launching its Public Sector OSS Master Plan in 2004.  Just a few weeks ago, the government reported that a whopping 71.1% of the country's government offices have deployed OSS! The numbers are a mix of backend deployments and desktop applications, and are broken down in the article.

To date, the public sector has implemented 1,674 OSS projects with a total savings of more than $14 million (U.S.), which is an amazing savings over the course of 5 years.  The OSCC Mampu newsletter reported that 295 agencies in Malaysia have deployed, which has saved the Malaysian government $5.4 million in licensing fees! Imagine what type of savings that would bring in the U.S. public sector?!

Thursday Jul 23, 2009

Catch up on this week's announcements at Sun!

Another week gone!  Where has the time gone?  Summer is certainly flying on by, which I don't mind because I am not a hot-weather fan, but it has been so nice here in Tennessee that I've been wasting my weekends having fun outside instead of doing homework! 

In any case, if you need to catch up on the announcements made at Sun this week, listen to the short podcast below, brought to you by myself and Chhandomay.



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