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  • Sun Metro and .NET WCF Interoperability

    The latest interoperability event (a “plugfest”) at Microsoft’s Redmond campus showed impressive results for interoperability between future releases of Sun’s Metro Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation in .NET 3.5. InfoQ had a chance to talk to Harold Carr, the engineering lead for enterprise web services interoperability at Sun, about the interop results.

  • Sun SPOTs: Programmable Devices for Java Developers

    Sun Microsystems has released the Sun SPOT platform under the GPL license. Sun SPOTs are programmable battery-powered devices controllable with Java technology.

  • Sun purchases MySQL: Perspectives and Analysis on the Impact

    In a move which caught many off guard, Sun Microsystems announced that it would be acquiring MySQL AB, the company which owns and develops the MySQL database, for $1 Billion USD. InfoQ analyzed the announcement and reactions and spoke with Kevin Harvey, Chairman of the MySQL board of directors, to learn more about this deal and what it may mean for the future.

  • Sun open sources virtualization management tool suite

    Sun Microsystems recently released xVM platform, a virtualization and management tool suite which includes two products: xVM Ops Center and xVM Server. Ops Center is a management console used for the discovery, provisioning, updating, and monitoring of virtual and physical IT assets. Sun xVM Server is a Xen based open-source hypervisor that will run Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems.

  • Dalvik, Android's virtual machine, generates significant debate

    With the release of Google's Android SDK earlier this week, there was much discussion of the APIs and the expected impact in the mobile space. However, one particular area which generated significant debate in the Java community was the Dalvik virtual machine which is the basis of the Android platform.

  • Sun Releases Solaris Express Update with Installation Enhancements and D-Light UI for DTrace

    Today Sun announced Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) 9/07. Solaris Express is based on the Open Solaris project and seeks to lower the barrier for developers wishing to developer under Solaris and use tools such as DTrace and ZFS.

  • Sun Announces Metro

    Sun Microsystems has announced Metro, the new name for the JAX-WS RI and Project Tango.

  • Sun to Enhance Video Support with Java Media Components

    Some have argued that Java needs to fix its support for media and video, fast, or risk being shut out of the desktop and rich internet application space. Java Media Components may bring some relief: "This new feature, hopefully shipping in Java SE 7, is intended to support basic playback for Java applications. JMC is also, eventually, intended to address capture and streaming capabilities."

  • BEA and Oracle incorporate Sun's Project Tango

    Both Oracle and BEA have incorporated Sun's Web Services stack, Project Tango. Sun are keen to publicize the fact that it is being worked on in open source. Do either of these factors make Tango a force to be reckoned with or will this be another example of Sun trailing behind the pack?

  • Using Dtrace to Improve Rails Performance

    InfoQ investigates how three companies recently collaborated to use DTrace, a powerful open source process introspection tool, to find and fix a substantial Rails latency issue.

  • Sun Targets Startups with New AMP and Solaris Offerings

    Last week Sun made a number of announcements targeted at making Solaris more attractive to startups. Among the announcements was Solaris support for Apache, MySQL, and PHP effectively dropping the "L" from LAMP

  • Sun Open Sources Fortress programming language for the JVM

    Fortress, a new language designed specifically for high-performance computing (HPC), has been released on SunSource under the BSD language. The preliminary interpreter is based on the JVM. Fortress is intended as a modern day replacement for Fortran.

  • IBM's Response to Open Source Java under GPL

    Last week some publications alluded to an official response by IBM regarding open source Java. InfoQ got a copy from IBM, republished here. IBM is generally supportive of the move, but would have preferred the contribution be made to Apache Harmony or at least under an Apache compatible license.

  • InfoQ Interview: Tim Bray on Rails, REST, Java Dynamic Languages, and More

    InfoQ Ruby editor Obie Fernandez interviews Tim Bray, one of the inventors of XML and current Director of Web Technologies for Sun Microsystems. We cover varied topics such as his opinions about Ruby and Rails, the impact of dynamic languages on web development, static versus dynamic typing, Sun's support of the JRuby project, Atom, and WS-* versus REST approaches to systems integration.

  • Sun Releases Identity Management to Open Source

    OpenSSO is an open source access management software distribution that provides the means to build authentication, authorization, and session management for Java and web applications and web services. Sun will be basing the Sun Java System Access Manager product on OpenSSO.