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Java 2010: Schwartz, Bray, Kawaguchi and finally the father “Gosling” leaves Oracle

2010 is turning out to be an eventful year for Java Community. First there was the acquisition of Sun by Oracle which was approved by the European Commission on 21st January. As expected there were many arguments supporting as well as opposing this acquisition. But the latest turn of events gives more concern to the future of Java as high profile personalities started leaving Oracle after the acquisition. Jonathan Schwartz (CEO), Tim Bray (Xml Co Inventor) and Kohsuke Kawaguchi (author of Hudson Build Tool) to name a few. The latest one to leave is James Gosling (Yes.. The father of Java )

In his blog James mentions the departure:

Yes, indeed, the rumors are true: I resigned from Oracle a week ago (April 2nd). I apologize to everyone in St Petersburg who came to TechDays on Thursday expecting to hear from me. I really hated not being there. As to why I left, it’s difficult to answer: just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good. The hardest part is no longer being with all the great people I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years. I don’t know what I’m going to do next, other than take some time off before I start job hunting.

So it is evident that there is some difference of opinion regarding the future of Java and the path which Oracle intends to take in commercialising sun’s technologies. As Fabrizio points out
“James is not the first, but the n-th prominent engineer that didn’t accept the new Oracle/Sun panorama, I’d say that we are facing with a paradox of the heap ”

In March James did express his unhappiness in certain interviews and commented that JCP has become too complicated. Tim Bray tweeted that he was astounded by the fact that James held on so long with Oracle after the acquisition.

So what next in the Java Horizon ? Maybe an Enterprise License for Enterprise Java !!! Hmm.. Don’t make me Jobless Larry.


JavaFx Coding Challenge Results

musicExplorerFx Image

musicExplorerFx Image

1st Place

Music Explorer FX, Sten Anderson

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lifescope image

2nd Place

Lifescope, Naoaki Suganuma

shining EtherFx Image

shining EtherFx Image

3rd Place

ShiningEtherFX, Evgeni Sergeev

No Image Student Prize

Caesar Photobook Mobile, Ramin Mohammadi

Real Track car race Image

Real Track car race Image

Student Prize

Real Track Car Race, Diego Benna

Calcfx image

Calcfx image

Student Prize

CalcFX, Kazuki Hamasaki

Congratulations to all winners. Well Done !!! Of all the entries MusixExplorerFx looks really cool and no wonder it got the first prize.


Google’s Customised Search

Google, Inc.

Image via Wikipedia

Google has unveiled its new tool searchwiki which will make personalised searches. You can add or remove search results, reorder search results etc. I still can’t figure out how much this is going to influence people though.

One feature which might be useful is that It allows users to add their own comments which can be accessed by others.

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Blackberry Storm

BlackBerry Storm has finally arrived  !!!

Finally the wait is over and blackberry storm has hit the market.. Only time will tell whether it will create a storm in the consumer market :). On first look, it seems to be another masterpiece from RIM ( Research in Motion, company behind blackberry phones).

Considered to be a serious competitor for Iphone, it surely lives up to the name. Touch screen interface is fairly easy to use and the force feedback is quite handy while typing messages on the touchscreen keyboard.

It has got a high resolution 480 X 360 color display with a light sensing screen and supports several media formats like MPEG4 H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.264, WMV, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA and WMA ProPlus. It is slightly heavier (155g) but has several features like ‘surepress’ touch screen, bluetooth and quite loud speakerphone. Screen is wide enough to watch movies in good resolution and battery lasts for 5.5 hours (talk time), while standy battery time is 15 days (impressive isn’t it).

It has got 1GB onboard memory enough to store all your favourite songs but not good enough to store all those lengthy movies. For that you will need microSD card. Microsoft exchange is also supported so no need to worry about the emails from work… 😉

See the comparison of Blackberry Storm, Iphone and Sony Ericcson Xperia X1