Open Source

Sun To Be Acquired by Oracle

Oracle today said it has agreed to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of cash and debt.

Numerous New Dev Tools at Web 2.0 Expo

The annual Web 2.0 Expo is considered a prominent showcase and launching ground for noteworthy next-generation applications, and last week's gathering in San Francisco was no exception.

Google's New App Engine Adds Java Support

In a significant boost to its year-old App Engine Web-hosting platform, Google this week said it is adding Java support. The new version, dubbed App Engine for Java, will allow developers to build Web apps using standard Java technologies.

Embarcadero Revamps Database Development and Performance Suite

Embarcadero Technologies has released a new suite of tools aimed at developers looking to tune Java and SQL code in data driven applications.

Cost Replacing Functionality as Linux's Appeal

With a shrinking server market, financial services firms are porting more applications to Linux at the expense of Unix and other legacy platforms. While that has been an ongoing trend for many years, the motive has shifted in the past year from adding new functionality to reducing cost.

Zend Releasing Enterprise-Grade PHP Server

Zend Technologies will release its commercial-grade server for PHP applications on Tuesday.

Release of ASP.NET MVC Under Open Source License Draws Mixed Reviews

Microsoft is drawing mixed reactions to the release last week of the source code for its ASP.NET Model View Controller.

Despite Criticism, Microsoft Exec Defends Open Source Progress

As critics continue to question Microsoft's commitment to working with the open source community, a key Microsoft official last week argued the company has made significant progress while defending its right to enforce patents.

Mono 2.4, MonoDevelop 2.0 Advance Cross-Platform .NET Development

The Mono Project announced the release of Mono 2.4, an open source implementation of the .NET development framework for the Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris and UNIX operating systems.

Microsoft, IBM Execs Lament IDE Challenges at EclipseCon

The evolution of IDEs is not keeping pace with hardware advances and significant trends like cloud computing, according to two unlikely bedfellows: the lead developers for IBM's Eclipse tools team and Microsoft's Visual Studio organization.

New Tools at EclipseCon Reach for Clouds

Numerous software suppliers last week took the wraps off new Eclipse-based tools, and a few were brought to cloud-based services.

DOA: The Open Cloud Manifesto

The Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF) publicly launched its "Open Cloud Manifesto" on Monday, but the document, which advocates open standards and interoperability between cloud platforms, generated few sparks after a spokesperson indicated that the CCIF isn't vouching for it.

Swordfish SOA To Become Part of Eclipse

Sopera, creators of the Swordfish SOA runtime framework, this week plans to announce that Swordfish has officially become part of the Eclipse platform

Eclipse Futures on Tap at Annual Conference

The future of the Eclipse platform will take center stage this week as open source and Java developers gather for the sixth annual EclipseCon 2009 conference in Santa Clara, Calif. where organizers will reveal the progress of Eclipse 4.0 and the Jetty Project.

Red Hat Adds SOA to JBoss Dev Tool

Red Hat Software has released the first major update to its Eclipse-based developer toolset.

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