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Mitch Pronschinske12/15/10
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Daily Dose - CloudBees Adds Another Java All-Star

A few weeks ago, CloudBees, a cloud infrastructure that lets developers write code, test it, and put it into production on a PaaS, acquired InfraDNA—the infant startup of Hudson creator Kohsuke Kawaguchi, who left Oracle this year.  I spoke with CloudBees...

Mitch Pronschinske12/14/10
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Daily Dose - Eclipse 3.7 and 4.1 Hit Milestone 4

Eclipse 3.7 "Indigo" and Eclipse 4.1, which is still aimed at early adopters, received new features in milestone 4 this week.  For both Eclipse versions, the milestone brings Equinox updates for the OSGi R4.3 spec, memory usage upgrades for p2, and...

Mitch Pronschinske12/13/10
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Daily Dose - Mozilla Jetpack Becomes 'Add-On SDK' - Reaches 1.0 Beta

The Mozilla Jetpack project, which is now changing its name, has reached version 1.0 Beta 1.  Its current APIs are quite stable and more will be implemented in the coming months.  Mozilla engineer Daniel Buchner has created a chart comparing Firefox,...

Mitch Pronschinske12/11/10
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Daily Dose - Nominate Someone For The 2011 Eclipse Awards!

The Eclipse Foundation is now taking nominations for the 2011 Eclipse Community  Awards.  The deadline is January 28, 2011.  Categories for awards include Top Committer, Top Contributor [insert DZone's James Sugrue here ;-) ], Top Newcomer Evangelist, Most...

Mitch Pronschinske12/10/10
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Daily Dose - IntelliJ IDEA X: Faster, Smarter, Plus a Free Android IDE!

It's been a little more than a year since IntelliJ IDEA 9 was released and a free and open source version of the IDE became available—this turned out to be a great decision.  Today,  IntelliJ IDEA 10 is here.  Along with a 2x speed upgrade for initial...

Mitch Pronschinske12/09/10
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Daily Dose - Salesforce Snatches Heroku for $212 million

The Ruby-based PaaS Heroku is going to be acquired by cloud pioneer Salesforce for $212 million in cash.  Compare that to the $13 million they raised in funding since their founding in 2007.  Byron Sebastian, Heroku's CEO, says that the acquisition will...

Mitch Pronschinske12/08/10
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Daily Dose - JDK 7, 8, Project Coin, and Lambda Pass With Much Reservation; Tom Peierls Resigns

The four JSRs behind Java 7 and Java 8 were recently approved by the Executive Committee.  However, there was a good deal of discontent among members who voted for and against the JSRs.  Apache kept its promise to vote against all of Oracle's proposed JSRs,...

Mitch Pronschinske12/07/10
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Daily Dose - Amazon Adds DNS to its Long List of Services

AWS announced that they are now providing a highly available Domain Name System service called "Route 53."  The new service is aimed at developers who need a reliable, cost effective way to route users to their internet apps.  The service will...

Mitch Pronschinske12/06/10
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Daily Dose - The Silverlight 5 Plan

At Microsoft's developer-focused Silverlight Firestarter event, they laid out the roadmap for the next version of Silverlight - an RIA platform that is now taking a slightly different direction.  Silverlight 5 will include more than 40 new features such as...

Mitch Pronschinske12/04/10
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Daily Dose - Parallel Web App Deployments in Tomcat 7.0.5 Beta

Apache committers have announced the first beta for the next iteration of Tomcat, version 7.0.5.  As always, the memory leak reductions continue and developers will also get to see a new welcome page.  A big new feature is added support for parallel...

Mitch Pronschinske12/03/10
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Daily Dose - VirtualBox Update from Oracle

The Oracle VM VirtualBox has reached version 3.2.12.  The virtualization app for x86 hardware just received about 20 bugfixes fixing stability issues, 64-bit guest crashes on 32-bit hosts, and some out of memory issues.  There are also some GUI updates and...

Mitch Pronschinske12/02/10
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Daily Dose - Still Waiting for the Chrome Web Store

Whatever happened to that October release planned for the Chrome web app store?  It hit a snag apparently, but now there are signs that Google may have it ready in time for a December release, just ahead of Chrome OS.  TechCrunch made the observation that...

Mitch Pronschinske12/01/10
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Daily Dose - Red Hat Acquires Makara

With their Apache-licensed DeltaCloud project and now with today's acquisition of a Cloud tech startup called Makara, RedHat is building a broad foundation for its position in the PaaS sphere.  I wrote about the emergence of Makara early this year and I was...

Mitch Pronschinske11/30/10
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Daily Dose - Chrome OS Pushed to 2011

While Google originally intended to have Chrome OS-based netbooks ready by the holiday season, the manufacturers are now saying that we won't be seeing Chrome OS for consumers until 2011.  Although Google might be able to spin up a beta or developer preview...

Mitch Pronschinske11/29/10
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Daily Dose - Jena Semantic Web Framework Joins Apache Incubator

The Jena project is a Java web framework that implements W3C recommendations from the RDF and SPARQL specifications.  Recently this project was accepted into the Apache Incubator and hopes to gain broader support in the Java community.  Jena contains APIs...