Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

Bebo Develoepr Challenge, JavaFX, and OpenSolaris

Bebo's Developer Challenge is open for another few weeks, so developers can submit their applications till January 6th. While Web 2.0 developers with PHP and Ruby already looking into the contest, this is a great opportunity for Java developers to move towards Social Networking realm and submit their applications based on Bebo's Java APIs. What I like about Bebo development is that they have a pretty neat API Browser that allows you to validate the  API call before incorporating it into your program.

With Sun Startup Essentials, you get a year free Joyent accelerator for the Bebo application hosting.

There are also a couple exciting technology announcement from Sun around JavaFX and OpenSolaris 2008.11 release that generate a good bit of momentum in the community. Check out the summary of the latest features in the OS and as for JavaFX you happened to be on Facebook, don't forget to play the puzzle, it's pretty cool.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2008

Bebo Developers Get Free Hosting on OpenSolaris

Bebo DevNite

Bebo hosted a developer event last night with presenters covering topics on building Bebo apps, monetizing the apps, porting Facebook apps to Bebo. The good news for FB developers is that Bebo platform is the F8 compatible, so if you have FB apps you can easily port them to Bebo and with Bebo user demographics primarily being in Europe you can expand your userbase across to the European community. Blake Commagere, the creator of Zombies, Vampires, and Werewolves games on Facebook gave an interesting talk on migrating to Bebo platform. It took him only 9 hours to migrate 4 FB apps to Bebo.

During the event Sun announced free Bebo application hosting with Joyent, so if you're building Bebo app, don't forget to take advantage of this one year free hosting offer. Bebo announced a developer context for the most engaging app, check it out.

 Here is a complete recap of the event posted by Sudha Jamthe

Thursday Oct 09, 2008

Why Sun

While I'm evangelizing Sun's technology and our Sun Startup Essential program across the Bay Area communities, there is often a question on "Why as a developer or a technology startup I should pick Sun". So, put aside all the great offers from the SSE program like free technical assistance, VC connect, and discounted infrastrucutre, here are a few reasons to consider:

- Every startup's ultimate goal is to grow and sustain the volume. Sun has a proven record of enabling companies to scale. With applications like BumperSticker, which is deployed on Sun Joyent Accelerator and scales up to 1 bln page hits a month, we're helping startups to grow and scale at their pace.

Sun's technology stack includes a couple key components like MySQL and OpenSolaris that are essential to the business:

- MySQL is a de factor database in the Web 2.0 space. Sun allows you to leverage our in house expertise to architect your back end solution with reliability, fail over, and other critical systemic qualities in mind. Today nearly every startup has a question on how to effectively deploy and optimize MySQL, the best company to answer those questions is Sun.

- Why deploy on Sun? OpenSolaris offers unique value add characteristics such as
-- DTrace (dynamic tracing) that allows startups monitor their applications run time and determine the bottleneck to prevent the application performance issues, also with DTrace companies can optimize the application. This is a unique feature of OpenSolaris.
-- ZFS is a file system that can store large volume of data. With growing number of the social media applications, it's important to pick the right file system that enables to store large files, and ZFS provides you exactly that.
-- Containers. Out of the box, zero cost, negligible overhead virtualizaiton that comes with OpenSolaris allows companies to deploy their application in a more effective way. Whether companies utilize Containers for Dev/QA/Staging environment or if they utilizing servers with Containers for Web/App/DB tiers, Containers provide a key value add to the businesses that deploy applications on a dedicated set of servers.

And of course you can learn more about the program by visiting Sun Startup Essentials. We've just launched an infrastructure clearance program that you may take advantage of.

Monday Jul 28, 2008

Mashable LA, Cool and Elegant

LA event was different. First of all it was in the courtyard at Rubicon Project with the warm LA air (although I expected it to be even warmer) and welcoming atmosphere. Since it was my third Mashable events, by now I got used to the traditional Social Networking and Social Media ideas of the local startups, but LA had something new and different. A few startups were radical in their thinking and had their innovation not just around social networking but also in the form of physical gadgets that they were creating and distributing. OpenSolaris and Sun Startup Eseentials offering were the popular topic at the event. I think out of the three events I attended and participated in, the LA one was my favorite… even despite of the red eye flight I had to take that night to get back home.

At every Mashable event I had a chance to present to the audience, as Karen and Pete were kindly inviting the sponsors to the stage to welcome everyone. If you haven't yet had a chance to attend the Mashable event, the SummerMash Austin is coming up July 30th, don't miss it.

Energizing Mashable in San Francisco

This was by far the craziest Mashable event I’ve attended so far (of course NY may be even bigger and better). Not only with the unique SF atmosphere of Mighty night club that was overfilled with young guys and gals of Social Networking and Social Media startups, but just the entire event that was energizing, accelerating, and to some extend overwhelming. The new generation of the Bay Area LAMP developers were sizzling with hot ideas. Our discussions covered different ways to scale up and tips on how utilize OpenSolaris features such as ZFS and DTrace. Event sponsors were giving away drink tickets among other giveaways, so you can imagine how busy my table was the entire night. I had an OpenSolaris demo running and people were very interested in Sun Startup Essentials program, specifically the hosting offerings we have with Joyent and other partners. Everyone was Twittering the entire time, with messages displayed live by the EventVue site that was projected on a large screen for everyone to enjoy.

Mashable Summer Tour 2008 Reaches Seattle

With new cities added to the Mashable Summer Tour this year, the Seattle entrepreneurs and startups were excited to leverage the opportunity to meet each other and have a place to socialize and exchange ideas. Seattle for sure is a new area of growing startup community with technology ranging from .NET (Redmond is nearby) to Ruby and PHP, from SQL Server to MySQL, and last but not least from Windows to Linux and of course OpenSolaris. Some of the successful startups I talked to were attracting thousands of registered users in their pre-beta release. Web 2.0 community members were quite pleased to see Sun participating in the event and learn about the Sun Startup Essentials program that helps startups to monetize their ideas.

Don't miss the Mashable Summer Tour 2008 in your local area.


Marina Fisher is a member of Oracle ISV Engineering team, posting blogs around industries, technologies, and applications she is working with.


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