Daily links for 06/30/2011

  • “And sometimes the embrace is more like a bear hug. Giddau’s lambburgers are still a favorite on my family’s grill, but these days, so is Greek-style chicken marinated in oregano and lemon, spicy Spanish chorizo and clams and big, fat German wurst. It’s true that justice is one of our most treasured values. But I think even Giddau would agree that nothing says “United States of America” like a grill that pops and sizzles with flavors from around the world.”

    tags: NPR barbecue america

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Daily links for 06/29/2011

  • “With Hudson and OpenOffice, Oracle concluded there was no meaningful revenue at risk in donating the projects but that both efforts still had indirect value, Rymer says. By pushing them off to Eclipse and Apache, Oracle could continue to influence them, he asserts, without having to take on the cultural struggles: “Oracle sees Eclipse, Apache, and IBM as having a good feel for open source politics and communications.””

    tags: openoffice hudson oracle ibm

  • “IBM® WebSphere® Application Server V8 is a major release that offers dramatic run time improvements, plus simpler and easier ways to develop and deploy applications. This article presents a high level glimpse of some of the new technical features and enhancements that make these improvements possible. This content is part of the IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal.”

    tags: websphere ibm

  • “IBM has released WebSphere V8, increasing the availability of application servers with support for JEE 6, which is very important.”

    tags: websphere ibm

  • “Today, however, a new platform shift is taking place.  In 2011, for the first time, smartphone and tablet shipments exceed those of desktop and notebook shipments (source: Mary Meeker, KPCB, see slide 7).  This move means a new generation of consumers expects their smartphones and tablets to come with instant broadband connectively so they, too, can connect to the Internet.”

    tags: mobile

  • “The Eclipse Foundation’s Indigo release train marks the eighth year in a row that Eclipse has shipped a coordinated release of projects, with this year’s focus on the Java developer. Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said 62 project teams participated in Indigo. The Indigo release, which shipped June 22, had 46 million lines of code released on the same day (calculated by Ohloh), 408 developers (committers) contributed code and 49 organizations collaborated on the release, Eclipse officials said. Ten predefined packages enable easy download and use, they explained.”

    tags: eclipse indigo java developers

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European WebSphere Technical Conference in Berlin

IBM has announced the European WebSphere Technical Conference for 2011. The conference will be held from October 10th to the 14th in Berlin, Germany. From the website:

The 2011 IBM European WebSphere Technical Conference, which combines the WebSphere and Transaction & Messaging Conferences of the previous years into one seamless agenda, is a 4.5 day event held 10-14 October 2011 in Berlin, Germany.

This conference has earned the reputation for delivering deep technical content targeted at architects, developers, integrators and administrators by offering lectures and hands-on labs that focus on the best practices and practical skills required to run today’s enterprises. This year will be no exception!

Attend the WebSphere Technical Conference and expand your knowledge of SOA, CICS, Messaging, WebSphere Application Servers and Infrastructure, including a focus on BPM and Cloud Computing. You can also expect to gain insight into IBM’s software strategy and learn about the latest development directions for the products in the WebSphere software platform.

ApacheCon North America 2011 theme announced

I just received this news from the folks at the Apache Software Foundation:

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 170 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced “Open Source Enterprise Solutions, Cloud Computing, and Community Leadership” as the theme for ApacheCon North America.

ApacheCon is the ASF’s official conference, trainings, and expo, created to explore key issues in using and developing Open Source solutions “The Apache Way”. This year’s event takes place 7-11 November 2011 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver, Canada, with early registration incentives available through 2 September 2011.

I keynoted at this conference last year and it is definitely worth your consideration for attendance. You can learn more at the ApacheCon website.

Daily links for 06/23/2011

  • “Mozilla has launched Firefox 5, a new version of the popular open source Web browser. This is the first update that Mozilla has issued since adopting a new release management strategy that has drastically shortened the Firefox development cycle.”

    tags: firefox

  • “Oracle has experienced another setback in its assertion of its patents against Google. In the reexamination of U.S. Patent 6192476 the USPTO has issued an office action in which it rejects 17 of the patent’s 21 claims. The specifics of the office action are set forth below in text form along with an updated reexamination history. While Oracle has asserted seven different patents in its claims against Google, if this reexamination is exemplary of what Oracle can expect in each of the other reexaminations, Oracle will have a hard time finding claims that it can successfully assert against Google, and there lies Oracles conundrum. Oracle either has to agree with the court’s directive to limit the number of claims it will assert at trial, or it is likely the court will simply stay the trial until the reexaminations are complete.”

    tags: oracle google android

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Daily links for 06/22/2011

  • “The lesson here is not that companies should always wait until their products are absolutely perfect before they release them. If that were the case, very few products would ever make it to market, and many of them would be too late to make a difference. The key is knowing when a product is perfect enough and when you should hold a product for improvements versus releasing it to get it in the hands of eager customers. That’s the hard part, but it’s also the thing that great companies do well.”

    tags: iPhone white apple winning

  • “As you’ve probably heard, the proposal to move OpenOffice.org to the Apache Software Foundation was approved by a wide margin.  Volunteers interested in helping with this project continued to sign up, even during the 72-hour ballot, giving the project 87 members, as well as 8 experienced Apache  mentors, at the end of the vote.  The volunteers signed up included an impressive number of programmers from OpenOffice.org, RedOffice and Symphony,  as well as QA engineers, translators, education project experts, OOo user forum moderators and admins,  marketing project members, documentation leads, etc.    The broad range of support for this new project, from volunteers as well as voters, was very encouraging.”

    tags: openoffice scarcity open source

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New GNOME Executive Director

The Gnome Foundation announced a new Executive Director today:

The GNOME Foundation today announced that it has appointed Karen Sandler as Executive Director. Sandler’s dedication to software freedom, her non-profits experience and her involvement in a wide range of free and open source software communities distinguish her as the logical choice for GNOME. “I’m very excited that Karen is joining the GNOME Foundation as Executive Director!”, says Stormy Peters, former Executive Director who has recently joined the GNOME Board as a new Director, “Karen brings a wealth of experience in free software projects and nonprofits as well as a passion for free software. That experience will be invaluable as GNOME continues to expand its reach with GNOME 3.0 and GNOME technologies.”

Good luck to Karen in her new role in this exciting time for user interface technologies on the desktop and on mobile devices.

Daily links for 06/21/2011

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Daily links for 06/20/2011

  • “If you live an old home or building, you already know the limits of WiFi. Despite the improved range of 802.11n coupled with improved throughput at greater distances‚ WiFi doesn’t work magic. Buildings with brick or stucco-over-chicken-wire walls resist the charms of wireless networks, as do houses with thick wooden beams, cement elements, or with rooms spread out over many levels or floors.”

    tags: wifi networking

  • “OSGi is a very interesting set of standards today that it provides the component model for packaging components and provides the runtime functions needed to knit the components together to make an application. There is starting to be an industry acceptance of OSGi as the standard for developing components. This industry acceptances so far has been more around componentizing middleware runtimes to enable customers to use just want they need of the middleware, lightening the environment up. But this is also changing, with the OSGi Enterprise Expert Group, is where the programming model concepts to enable customer applications is being standardized. Many industry players, including IBM, SpringSource, BEA, Oracle and others are working together to define this standard.”

    tags: websphere foundation architects

  • “AS it turned 100 last week, I.B.M. was looking remarkably spry. Consumer technologies get all the attention these days, but the company has quietly thrived by selling to corporations and governments. Profits are strong, its portfolio of products and services looks robust, and its shares are near a record high. I.B.M.’s stock-market value passed Google’s earlier this year. Not bad for a corporate centenarian.”

    tags: ibm longevity

  • “As we understand it, Project Spartan is the codename for a new platform Facebook is on verge of launching. It’s entirely HTML5-based and the aim is to reach some 100 million users in a key place: mobile. More specifically, the initial target is both surprising and awesome: mobile Safari. Yes, Facebook is about to launch a mobile platform aimed squarely at working on the iPhone (and iPad). But it won’t be distributed through the App Store as a native application, it will be entirely HTML5-based and work in Safari. Why? Because it’s the one area of the device that Facebook will be able to control (or mostly control).”

    tags: facebook apple iOS mobile

  • “One thing holding pure Web apps back is limited support for HTML5, the latest Web standard, which can be used to create a rich, native-app-like experience in some browsers.”

    tags: mobile hybrid

  • “Nortel Networks, once North America’s largest communications equipment provider, has sought bankruptcy protection and has sold most its assets.  Among its assets remaining are 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patent portfolios.  The extensive patent portfolio touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional markets as well, including Internet search and social networking, Canada-based Nortel said.”

    tags: apple google nortel patents

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Daily links for 06/17/2011

  • “And now for another announcement in the white-hot world of….URL shortening? Yep. In the second URL shortener announcement this week, bit.ly (news, site) is announcing that its bit.ly Pro service, which lets organizations set up custom short domains, is now going to be free.” 

    tags: Bit.ly url shortening

  • “Given I.B.M.’s preeminence in the generation and recording of data, it’s no surprise that the company keeps an extensive internal archive: thirteen thousand square feet of paper, a vast collection of outmoded products and artifacts, and hundreds of thousands of photographs, according to Paul Lasewicz, I.B.M.’s archivist since 1998. Drawing on those photographs, here’s a look at the history of design at I.B.M.”

    tags: photo ibm

  • “President Obama tapped Mr. Kundra in March 2009 to modernize the federal government’s technology use and to create a more transparent federal government after a highly praised stint under Mayor Adrian Fenty of the District of Columbia.”

    tags: cio government

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Daily links for 06/16/2011

  • “In the lawsuit, HP accuses Oracle of anticompetitive behavior, breaking a promise to continue supporting Itanium machines and of the use of “strong-arm tactics to coerce customers into replacing their HP servers with Sun servers they do not want.” Oracle’s foray into the computer hardware market – an HP stronghold – began with its $7.3 billion acquisition of struggling server maker Sun Microsystems ( JAVA – news – people ) last year.”

    tags: oracle HP

  • “Last week I wrote about a talk I gave with the title “Innovation inducement prizes as a possible mechanism to unlock the benefits of open innovation models”. I explored the idea of inducement prizes then, and now I’d like to look at open innovation.”

    tags: open source innovation standards

  • “U.S. antitrust enforcers have given Google Inc. the go-ahead to pursue its $900 million opening bid for a trove of high-tech patents being sold next week by Canadian telecommunications-equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp., people familiar with the matter said.”

    tags: google nortel patents

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Daily links for 06/15/2011

  • “New procedures are part of the recently introduced Java Specification Request 348. “This JCR — nicknamed JCP.next — proposes a variety of changes to do with transparency, participation, agility, and governance,” JCP said in a document posted on its website on June 8. The document states that JCP chairman Patrick Curran views full transparency of a JCP expert group operations as the most important change introduced by JSR 348. “Many expert groups carry out their business openly over public mailing lists and publicly viewable issue-trackers, and they make public responses to all comments. JCP.next will elevate those recommended practices to mandatory status. The process of recruiting Expert Group members will also be documented for the public eye, ensuring that all applications are considered in a fair way,” JCP said.”

    tags: java jcp standards process

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Daily links for 06/14/2011

  • “So it is that I’m pretty happy with my brand new Samsung Series 5 3G even though CNET gave it a just “ok” rating pending software improvements. While neither Chromebook will be generally available until June 15th, I was able to get my hands on one a week early. I’ve been working with mine for several days now and this is what I’ve found.”

    tags: samsung chrome google

  • “And while new languages have since been born, C++ has endured. Java is the only one to have outpaced it in popularity, according to the TIOBE Index. PHP, Ruby, and JavaScript? Sure, some might claim that they are the future, but C++ is the past, the present, and the future. According to Sutter, C++ is on the verge of its biggest change in the 13 years since it became an official ISO standard, a change that will make it relevant for the next two decades.”

    tags: c++ programming

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Daily links for 06/09/2011

  • “Do you want to expand your horizons into fly fishing?  If you aren’t fly fishing already, you should give it a try!  It doesn’t matter where you live or fish… fly fishing is about more than trout.  In fact, almost anything that can be caught on spinning or casting gear can be caught on a fly.   Fly casting can be a lot of fun, and fighting fish on a fly rod and reel is a unique challenge.”

    tags: fishing

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New position within IBM

It’s been effective for a week, so I guess I can spill the beans here and say that I’ve shifted to a new executive position within IBM, namely to be the Vice President for WebSphere Foundation Product Management in the Software Group. I’ll have more to say about this over time, but basically it means that my team works with development, sales and marketing to drive the WebSphere Application server line and products like WebSphere eXtreme Scale. These are significant unto themselves but also underlie some of the most important software products that IBM sells. That’s not a totally inclusive list, but you get the idea.

Obviously we’re not just concerned about what we have already but also will be driving the plans for new products and the next generation of current ones that fit within that “foundation” area of the stack of IT software. Stay tuned.

Some of you might ask “didn’t you sort of do something similar about 6 or 7 years ago?”. Yes and no, sort of.

When I was last here in 2003-4, the world was just figuring out the commercial benefits of applying XML to business problems and web services was pretty new. There were several open source app servers and Oracle had not yet bought BEA and Sun. We were about to enter into the SOA era that led us to the current cloud era. Also, I had a marketing position, something I had never done before. This role is more of a blend of the business and the technical.

I learned a lot during that time but the IT world has evolved significantly, as have our products. We’re all right on the cusp of doing even more wonderful things with this core technology we as an industry have developed, so it’s a great time to move back and help drive it from the inside.

What does this mean for the blog?

  • I will not use it as marketing vehicle for products, though I may provide links to things I think of interest.
  • I’ll still talk about all those extraneous topics like gardening, sailing, cooking, and not playing the guitar well.
  • The discussion of standards will probably increase again.
  • I’ll keep talking about Linux and providing links to interesting articles, but more from a user or enterprise consumer perspective.
  • The amount I’ve said about open source lately has decreased primarily because I’ve largely exhausted many of the discussion areas that interest me, and I don’t like repeating myself. There will still be some content about open source, but it will be at about the same level it’s been for the last six months.
  • I’ll be ramping up the discussion of Java and other languages, programming frameworks, tools, cloud, mobile, runtime considerations, and application integration. Much of this has been present from time to time, but will increase.

Daily links for 06/08/2011

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New book about 100 years of IBM

Book coverAs some of you know, I’ve been working for IBM for 28 years, though I was but a child when I started. Evidently it existed before I got here, and the full 100 year history is discussed in a new book called Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company by journalists Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm and Jeffrey M. O’Brien. It is now available for preorder and will be be out in a week or so.

From the book description:

The lessons for all businesses and institutions are powerful: To survive and succeed over a long period, you have to be willing and able to continually transform, guided by enduring values and a broadly understood identity. Over a century of change, IBM, came into being, grew, went global, nearly died, transformed itself… and is now charting a new path forward, embracing a second century that bids to be even more surprising than its first.

By the way, Linux is mentioned, see page 194.

Daily links for 06/07/2011

  • Apple officially launched its much-hyped iCloud suite of services at its Worldwide Developer Conference today, and although the capabilities are sure to be the talk of the town among consumers, it’s Apple’s cloud infrastructure that makes it all work.”

    tags: apple icloud

  • “The service, which was introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, will be available starting in the fall for users of Apple products who also upgrade to the company’s latest operating system. Though iCloud itself will be free, to fully take advantage of the service, users will need to pay $24.99 for a service called iTunes Match that will scan their iTunes library and make their songs available to be streamed on any Apple device, as long as those songs happen to among the 18 million available from Apples iTunes store. Songs that aren’t included in the store will have to be uploaded from users’ hard drives.”

    tags: apple icloud music

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Daily links for 06/04/2011

  • Google has released a research paper closely comparing the performance of C++, Java, Scala, and its own Go programming language. According to Google’s tests (PDF), C++ offers the fastest runtime of the four languages. But, the paper says, it also requires more extensive “tuning efforts, many of which were done at a level of sophistication that would not be available to the average programmer.””

    tags: google java c c++ scala

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Daily links for 06/03/2011

  • “Before you have visions of DNA controlling Skynet, it’s worth taking a second to consider the system’s limitations: all those molecules were used to simply perform square roots on four-bit numbers, and each calculation took over five hours. Although they’re not especially useful for general purpose calculations, these DNA-based logic gates do have the advantage of being able to integrate into biological systems, taking their input from a cell and feeding the output into biochemical processes.”

    tags: dna logic

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Daily links for 06/02/2011

  • “In a statement issued this morning, June 1st, Oracle’s Luke Kowalski, VP of Oracle Corporate Architecture Group, stated that the company was going to “contribute the OpenOffice.org code to The Apache Software Foundation’s Incubator. The company then claims that Oracle is doing this to “demonstrate its commitment to the developer and open source communities. [By] Donating OpenOffice.org to Apache gives this popular consumer software a mature, open, and well established infrastructure to continue well into the future. The Apache Software Foundation’s model makes it possible for commercial and individual volunteer contributors to collaborate on open source product development.””

    tags: apache oracle openoffice

  • “Today, we’re releasing +1 buttons to the whole web. As a result, you might start seeing +1 appear on sites large and small across the Internet.”

    tags: google +1

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Some remarks on OpenOffice going to Apache

Earlier today, Oracle announced that they would be donating source code for OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation to start a new incubator project. It’s been an interesting road to get to this point over the decades, with well and not-so-well publicized twists and turns, but I’m glad we got here.

Much will be written over the next few days about this move, and all sorts of theories and opinions will be advanced about what did happen, why it happened, and what else might have happened. There are many fine free and open source licenses out there as well as hosting organizations. Be that as it may, I think the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is a great place for this project to be incubated. With luck and a lot of community participation and work, OpenOffice will soon advance to a full fledged project.

Though I had earlier heard of the Apache HTTP Server project, I really started learning about Apache about 10 years ago when IBM and others helped start projects related to XML and web services. That is, I discovered that Apache was a very significant organization for creating open source software implementing open standards.

In some sense, the value of a standard is proportional to the number of people who use it. An Apache implementation of a standard means that software, be it open source or proprietary, can start using the standard quickly and reliably. An Apache implementation of a standard immediately increases the value of the standard.

OpenOffice happens to implement a standard called the Open Document Format (ODF), something I’ve written about several hundred times in the last few years. While the incubator won’t be starting from scratch, ODF will continue to evolve and need updated implementations.

Over time, the code will be refactored and more uses will be found for it. Within a couple of years I think you’ll find greater use of ODF in other desktop applications, mobile apps, and even in the cloud. This won’t all come from the existing code base but rather also from new contributions from others working in the ASF.

ODF is not the only thing that OpenOffice supports: it’s got word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and other capabilities. Within Apache I think you’ll see advances in the user interface, functionality, performance, and reliability.

This has to be done, in my opinion, in a way that makes subsets of the code easier to use in other software. That is, and again this is my opinion, OpenOffice will get better by being more modular with well designed interfaces. I’m not dissing what is there, I’m describing how I think it will get even better and enabled for much broader adoption of the code.

I hope that OpenOffice in Apache will be viewed as a way to bring together some of the threads that have separated from the main project trunk over the last few years. Apache has a well deserved reputation for its process and high quality software. This is a place where people can get together under one virtual roof and turn OpenOffice into what people always thought it could be.

With this move, we’ll get a chance to see what empowered individuals with the right technical chops can do in a community to innovate on the current code base. I’m very excited to see what they come up with.

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