When the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) Mars Exploration Rover,
Spirit, successfully landed on Mars on January 3, 2004, Java was there too.
The Mars Rovers devices, developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) in conjunction with Wind River, use the Java platform as a low-cost,
easy-to-use option for the program controlling the Rovers' operating system.
Why Java? James Gosling, JPL advisory board member and "Father of Java,"
explains that it's due to Java's ability to transcend many platforms. "They
can have scientists all over the world looking at the data but
collaboratively deciding on the way the mission should proceed," said
Gosling. "They are all speaking different languages when they talk to the
rover but everybody in the control room is using Java."
Spirit is sending as much as 150 megabits of data daily to NASA scientists,
and that datastrea... (more)
During testimony yesterday in the antitrust trial challenging Oracle's
proposed takeover of PeopleSoft, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison defended the
company's $7.7 billion bid for PeopleSoft Inc. as a bold but necessary move
to ensure Oracle's survival in a highly competitive market.
"We thought the only way we could survive and prosper was through an
acquisition strategy," Ellison testified before the crowded courtroom in San
Francisco. "Oracle had to consider a strategy we had never considered before.
If we wanted to survive and grow," the company decided, "we will have to
start an ac... (more)
SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media
company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls will close on
December 31, 2005. So far more than 16,000 readers cast their votes to
select the best software products and services of the year for Java, Linux,
Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX.
Best Java Products of 2005:
Best Linux Products of 2005:
Best Web Services Products of 2005:
"Casualties? Java and MySQL for sure, and perhaps Sun's hardware business,"
says CyberTech Rambler; "Oracle can utilize Sun's Solaris and Java
platforms....However the future of MySQL has not been mentioned and may not
be so rosy," notes Steve Kennedy. The blogosphere is abuzz with news and
views in the wake of Oracle's intended acquisition of Sun for $7.4BN
announced this morning.
We bring you here a brief selection of what's being written around the Web
about the deal by ordinary, insightful bloggers rather than the usual
high-profile professional pundits:
"Looks like I´m worki... (more)
Charles Fitzgerald suspects IBM is going to regret not acquiring Sun, and
letting Oracle do so instead. "They regretted giving Microsoft control of the
software crown jewels for the PC; they may face similar situation now on the
server." Fitzgerald knows whereof he speaks, having been Microsoft's former
general manager of platform strategy until early last year.
Writing in his "Platformnomics" blog, Fitzgerald declares that "this isn't a
merger of equals. It is the end of Sun. Only Oracle survives."
His analysis is that Sun's hardware business will get "flipped to HP,
Fujitsu, an A... (more)