What does a cloud computing user want?

Several weeks ago I gave a talk called “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops… and Linux” at LinuxCon in Portland (video, slides). Since then I’ve reprised parts of the talk several times, including a couple of times for IBM-only audiences. I’m going to put up a few blog entries that expand…

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Compatibility, interoperability, and interchangeability

I often find it amusing when people pull out a very significant sounding, obviously committee-written definition of “interoperability.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the definition was written and then delivered on a stone tablet. Is this necessary, or is interoperability one of those things that…

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Accessibility, OpenOffice.org, ODF

Rich Schwerdtfeger has a discussion of some of IBM’s recent accessibility work involving Lotus Notes 8, mentions that IBM will be donating some accessibility code to OpenOffice.org, and clears up some misconceptions about the IAccessible2 API over in his IBM developerWorks blog.

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Regarding an ODF SDK

David Berlind asks over in his ZDNet blog where the SDK (Software Development Kit) is for OpenDocument. It’s a good question, so let me talk to it for a bit. I’ll also say up front that it is a good idea and it should be open source. We want everyone,…

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Massachusetts entry of the day

Lately I feel like a middleman linking to web documents since there is so much good stuff on the web saying why Massachusetts did a really good thing in choosing the OASIS OpenDocument standard for its new enterprise model. There have been whole essays dedicated to the new requirement, the…

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OpenOffice and Java

Since I pointed to the original article mentioning the dispute, here is a follow-up from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at eWeek: “OpenOffice, Free-Software Supporters Make Peace over Java”. I didn’t know this until the article made me wonder about it, but there is a Python-UNO bridge for those who would rather…

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The Eight Defining Concepts of an Enterprise Service Bus

I promised earlier that I would talk about the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) idea and have already pointed to a Forrester research article on the topic. In this entry I want to list what IBM considers the eight primary defining concepts of an ESB. Note the following are not my…

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JDocs is wonderfully complete – no, wait, we’re missing some docs!

If you are a Java programmer and you have not checked out JDocs, you are in for a treat. The main page states that “JDocs is a comprehensive online resource for Java API documentation.” This great collection of docs is hosted by the JavaLobby. There you will find 106 sets…

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