Monday Mar 03, 2008

Python and Jython Developers Join Sun to Pump Up it's Dynamic Language Effort

Jython James Gosling, Vice President and Sun Fellow announced today as part of his session at Sun Tech Days in Sydney that Ted Leung, author, Apache Software Foundation (ASF) member and long-time Python developer at the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF), and Frank Wierzbicki, lead implementor of the Jython project (Python on the Java VM), will become Sun employees this month. They'll be working full-time on Python and Jython, respectively, and in particular paying attention to developer tools.

PythonPython is a dynamic object-oriented programming language that is used for many kinds of software development, from web to desktop applications, running on a spectrum of operating systems as well as virtual machines. Python offers high developer productivity and ease of integration with other languages and tools and enjoys an avid user community. Like other dynamic languages, such as Ruby, Python has recently moved to the software mainstream, and many best-practices and tools remain to be invented.

This doesn't mean that we will be paying less attention to our efforts around other environments, including Java technology and Ruby. With contributions to the Ruby, JRuby, and Rails communities, Sun has also recently offered tooling support in the NetBeans IDE as well as optimized runtime environments in GlassFish (JRuby) and Solaris (Ruby). Sun thinks that the Python technology is worth investment and attention and we hope to become a member of the Python community and learn from the experience.

Sun is a platinum sponsor in the upcoming PyCon 2008 conference, including sponsorship of PyCon "sprints", where active development occurs in a variety of projects, including PyPy and Jython. In addition, Sun has recently submitted, for consideration, an application for membership in the Python Software Foundation (PSF). 

Tim Bray has added a Python trivia question to his post, check it out. 

Welcome aboard gentlemen!

Tuesday Apr 03, 2007

Upcoming Atom Publishing Protocol Interop

Here is an exciting bit of news for folks interested in the Atom Publishing Protocols (APP).

Check out Tim Bray's blog posting regarding the upcoming Atom Publishing Protocol interop that is being hosted at the Google campus in Mountain View. Everybody is invited, provided they bring along an APP implementation, client or server.

  • Mon, April 16th, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue, April 17th, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Tim has made the prediction that the APP will be huge and if you look at the folks involved, he could be right.

Thursday Feb 08, 2007

James Gosling and Tim Bray: Some of the heroes of i-Technology

Check out Jeremy Geelan's recent blog posting, Who Are The All-Time Heroes of i-Technology? It is an impressive list and includes a brief description of the individuals.

It is a who's who in the industry and includes our own Tim Bray, James Gosling and several Sun alumni. 


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