Tuesday Jun 30, 2009

NetBeans 6.7 is finally here!

Download now: http://www.netbeans.org/

The focus of NetBeans IDE 6.7 is connectivity—helping developers to connect to the latest technologies and to each other. New features include deeper integration with Project Kenai, native Maven support, and Hudson integration.

Building on the success of previous releases, NetBeans IDE 6.7 offers enhancements for Java, PHP, Ruby, JavaScript, Groovy and C/C++, and more. Additional highlights include a self-diagnostic Profiler, and support for SVG Rich Components, remote debugging in Ruby, and the latest version of GlassFish. The release also provides plug-in support for Zembly, a single registry and repository for popular Web APIs.

Providing superior support for multiple languages and innovative team support through Project Kenai, the NetBeans IDE 6.7 is the ideal tool for developers to stay connected to their teams and to the latest technologies!

NetBeans IDE 6.7 is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. There are several community-contributed localization efforts underway to support additional languages. Join the efforts today: http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://translatedfiles.netbeans.org/

Tuesday Mar 31, 2009

RailsConf Deal

The RailsConf organizers are offering a startup package for exhibitors at RailsConf 2009, May 5-6, in Las Vegas.  The exhibitor space is priced at $3500 and includes a 10x10 booth and one sessions pass. Power, internet and booth furniture is not included. The exhibit hall is carpeted. 

To qualify for this offer, startups need to be less than two years old, have less than 10 employees, or less than $1M in revenue.  Contact Yvonne Romaine, 707-827-7198. 

Thursday Feb 26, 2009

JRuby on Rails with GlassFish Code Camp

On February 19 Sun Startup Essentials Israel and the local ISV Engineering team ran the the first ever JRuby on Rails with GlassFish Code Camp.

Though it wasn't a great turnout we did get support from our local Ruby experts Astrails Astraisl log who gave us a presentation on Ruby. You can see their blog posting for their presentation.

The following are some quotes from the attendees:

Thank you for the code camp. It was very interesting and quite practical. Good emphasis on hands-on / background balance. I was impressed from the kit you provided, which included excercises, solutions and the working environment.

The presentations were given in a nice manner. Live demonstrations have an added value.

Ilan Simon, SeeSite

The DTrace  presentation by Amit showed it to be an amazing tool which is practically a must-have for anyone serious about understanding where a software application or system spends its time. Me & my group shall definitely like to learn more about this tool.

Yochai Cohen, Sun

See Amit Hurvitz's blog for his insights and more details on the code camp.

Thursday Jan 22, 2009

Realtime Social Web - its here now - Event in London 29th Jan

Theme: ‘Realtime Social Web’ – to explore and debate the realtime social web.

What is it ?

What is the value & why should I care ?

Where is it going ?

Location and Date : London January 29th 6.00 - 9.00


The Real-Time Web Will Become Critical for News and Information Discovery

Delayed news will no longer be acceptable for early adopters, who will gravitate to the quickest sources of news, wherever they may be. As tools like Twitter Search and FriendFeed real-time offer people to rapidly broadcast their updates, reactions and news with true immediacy, a segment of the population will adopt these real-time sources and favor them ahead of delayed or filtered engines, including RSS, and of course, edited mass media. At the same time, while many of us early adopters may be fairly noisy about this development, we will remain in the significant minority, even as the mainstream becomes more aware of these options.

Go here to register now

Thursday Aug 28, 2008

FREE Tickets to RailsConf Europe! - Giving even more to the community

Have you ever heard the expression "There's no such thing as a free lunch?", well....

...forget about lunch, how about a totally FREE, yes, as in, no cost, full conference entry ticket to RailsConf Europe in Germany next week?!  A 1000EUR value, for zero cost, courtesy of Startup Essentials!

We have tickets to give away to the first four new sign-ups to the also free, Start-up Essentials program.

All you have to do is be sure you can make it to the conference, sign-up below, then send me an email : matt dot hosanee at sun dot com .  We have rolled out Start-up Essentials to many countries but will be expanding rapidly in the coming months. [can I announce that Ed?! :-o ]

If you can't make it - sign-up anyway and keep an eye here for our next community event where you could quite literally get a free lunch :-)

More about Sun @ RailsConf here

Hope to see you there!

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

RailsConf Europe 08 Berlin, Germany

RailsConf Europe 2008

We hope to see you at the upcoming RailsConf Europe in Germany, where Sun is proud to be a Diamond sponsor.

People often ask "What is Sun's interest in participating at these events?" and "what can Sun do for us?" - well...come and chat with me at the StartUp Essentials area in the exhibit hall!  I will have some great demos, some amazing discounts to offer and best of all free 'stuff' too!

Here is list of Sun's presentations:

13:30 Take the JRuby Challenge: Deploy Your Rails Application with JRuby and Taste the Difference
10:45 JRuby: The Other Red Meat
13:40 Achieving High Throughput and Scalability with JRuby on Rails
16:45 Plenary Meet the Sun You Don't Know
10:45 Developing Ruby and Rails Applications with the NetBeans IDE
13:40 Rails Powered by GlassFish

The night before I'll also be here:
Bratwurst on rails

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

Pizza on Rails - Startup Essentials hosted community Event

So its a Thursday night, and what do you do ? Go to a Pizza on rails event alongside the other 70 people who attended, to network with Ruby on Rails developers and startups to discuss technology, code and how to eat 30 pizzas in under 10 minutes.
Thanks to everyone that attended and if you want to attend the next Startup Essentials community event, sign up now.

Monday Jun 30, 2008

Scaling - Do Startups really need it ?

Who needs Scaling, not me ?

I attended an event a few weeks back called "Top Cats" hosted by Paul Walsh and I bumped into Richard Tyler from The Telegraph, as usual with these types of events you have a little catch up then discuss whats happening in the Startup Space,  myself and Richard discussed Scaling, do companies need to think about it now, we both agreed its an aspect of a small startup company that get's pushed to one side as their isn't time to think or plan, its all happening to quickly ? Richard quoted a fantastic video that the BBC made on Firebox in 2000, and the message in that still stands the test of time today.

So as a Startup, how do you plan for Scaling, what happens when you  bridge the chasm and find that users, useage and power are being consumed so quickly that you are in danger of crashing and losing your business in 24 hours, well its easy you talk to me !!!!

Without being a blatant advert for Startup Essentials, a few hints and tips that has worked for companies already that I deal with

1. Think Scaling long term growth now, to late when you are at near capacity and spent all your cash.

2. Investors love due dilligence and a credible business plan, that shows costings for short and long term growth.

3. Investors get even more excited when you show that you are thinking these aspects and are working with a large global enterprise vendor to overcome short and long term challenges.

4. We are a Startup, been their, have the t shirt and know the pains, but also we have expertise in scaling and architectural build out that we talk about everyday to key accounts, these same engineers can help you as well.

5. Then once you are scaling and ready to take on the world, work with our global PR Engine.

To read the full Telegraph article, go here and also watch the video from Firebox as well, some fantastic elements within that ring true in 2008.


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