Java Flashback: IBM Websphere Application Server released in 1998

Here’s a bit from an article from CNET by Mike Ricciuti from May 5, 1998: “IBM plans Web application server” IBM is jumping into the rapidly growing market for application server software.The company today detailed plans to offer WebSphere Application Server, a new product for building Web-based business applications. IBM…

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Java Flashback: IBM VisualAge for Java Released in Summer, 1997

Ahead of JavaOne, I’ll be posting a few historical tidbits (not necessarily in chronological order) about IBM and what we’ve been doing with Java for the last decade. Here’s the first pointer, a link to a 1997 article by L. A. Chamberland, S. F. Lymer and A. G. Ryman about…

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Don’t get too fancy when opening things up

Re “Sun tries sharing Java again; still not open source”, most of the negative comments I’ve ever gotten on this blog have been when I’ve commented on Sun’s activities. I’m not gun shy about doing that, but I also want to be constructive and not particularly poke at them. This…

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Open Document Formats: “Open” must be more than a marketing term

I’ve been gearing up to write a piece about open document formats, and since I discussed the topic last Wednesday morning at the Open Forum Europe breakfast meeting in Brussels, I’ll go ahead and do it now. Simon Phipps was also on the panel and he also wrote up something.…

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