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Java 8, now what?

By Richard Warburton
March 18, 2014

There was recently a thread on the London Java Community mailing list about when people should think about adopting Java 8. Lambdas, an improved collections library, new date and time support, and a host of under-the-hood tweaks, add up to …

On working with Oracle, writing, and the latest edition of Oracle Essentials

By Ann Spencer
August 9, 2013

Robert Stackowiak and Rick Greenwald are super busy. They both handle a lot of responsibilities in their “day” jobs at Oracle. They also managed to squeeze in enough time to complete the latest update to their book, Oracle Essentials. It …

End of a fishing expedition

By Mike Loukides
June 1, 2012

As the Oracle v Google trial shows, we get proper rulings on copyrights and patents when judges and jurors understand the technology they're ruling on.

Developer Week in Review: Oracle's big bet fails to pay off

Developer Week in Review: Oracle's big bet fails to pay off
By James Turner
May 25, 2012

Oracle fails to convince a jury that Google owes them big bucks, the annual refresh of Perl has arrived, and FreeBSD says goodbye to an increasingly restrictive GCC license.

A federal judge learned to code

By Mike Loukides
May 16, 2012

The judge presiding over the Oracle/Google case learned Java, and that skill came in handy when coding specifics arose during the trial. It's proof that coding is a part of cultural competence, even if you never do it professionally.

Developer Week in Review: Java on trial

Developer Week in Review: Java on trial
By James Turner
May 11, 2012

Google and Oracle continue to duke it out in court, with more than just Android at risk. One developer uses cat feeders as a way to look at good software, and the PHP developers take a second try at fixing a critical bug.

Developer Week in Review: Are APIs intellectual property?

Developer Week in Review: Are APIs intellectual property?
By James Turner
May 4, 2012

We look at the legal status of APIs and how the Oracle versus Google suit may be affecting it, along with the relative popularity of languages and the world's worst C programs.

MySQL in 2012: Report from Percona Live

By Andy Oram
April 14, 2012

Contrasting deployments at craigslit and Pinterest, trends, commercial offerings, and more

Developer Week in Review: When giant corporations collide

Developer Week in Review: When giant corporations collide
By James Turner
April 6, 2012

If Microsoft and Linux can kiss and make up, why is Oracle having such a hard time getting along with Google? Elsewhere, a look inside elaborate game cheats.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone
By James Turner
October 21, 2011

This week, we ask if Apple's Siri has more than novelty value, and decide it does. Open Office needs you (or at least your money) to stay afloat, and Google bends to developer pressure and finally adds SQL support to its cloud computing platform.

Top Stories: October 3-7, 2011

Top Stories: October 3-7, 2011
By Mac Slocum
October 7, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill explained why Oracle's Big Data Appliance is both a validation and a sign of battles to come, we dug into PhoneGap's cross-platform app capabilities, and we surveyed New York City's data and open government efforts.

Strata Week: Oracle's big data play

Strata Week: Oracle's big data play
By Audrey Watters
October 6, 2011

In this week's data news, Oracle unveils its big data strategy, and Cloudera looks at the contributions to the Hadoop core and community.

Oracle's NoSQL

By Mike Loukides
October 6, 2011

Oracle's announcement of a NoSQL product isn't just a validation of key-value stores, but of the entire discussion of database architecture.

Strata Week: Oracle's big data play

By Audrey Watters
October 6, 2011

In this week's data news, Oracle unveils its big data strategy, and Cloudera looks at the contributions to the Hadoop core and community.

Oracle's NoSQL

By Mike Loukides
October 6, 2011

Oracle's announcement of a NoSQL product isn't just a validation of key-value stores, but of the entire discussion of database architecture.

Four short links: 4 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 4, 2011

jfdi.asia -- Singaporean version of TechStars, with 100-day program ("the bootcamp") Jan-Apr 2012. Startups from anywhere in the world can apply, and will want to because Singapore is the gateway to Asia. They'll also have mentors from around the world. Oracle NoSQLdb -- Oracle want to sell you a distributed key-value store. It's called "Oracle NoSQL" (as opposed to...

Oracle's Big Data Appliance: what it means

By Edd Dumbill
October 3, 2011

Today, Oracle announced their Big Data Appliance. It couldn't be a plainer validation of what's important in big data right now, or where the battle for technology dominance lies.

Oracle's Big Data Appliance: what it means

By Edd Dumbill
October 3, 2011

Today, Oracle announced their Big Data Appliance. It couldn't be a plainer validation of what's important in big data right now, or where the battle for technology dominance lies.

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft
By James Turner
September 29, 2011

Samsung agrees to pay Microsoft royalties for Android use. Elsewhere, Oracle keeps the SPARC line alive, and the hackability of voting machines is exposed.

Developer Week in Review: webSOS

Developer Week in Review: webSOS
By James Turner
September 23, 2011

WebOS is going to the great operating system repository in the sky, Oracle finds yet another way to peeve developers, and the UK tries to create a new generation of programmers.

Developer Week in Review: Lion drops pre-installed MySQL

Developer Week in Review: Lion drops pre-installed MySQL
By James Turner
August 3, 2011

A pre-installed version of MySQL is noticeably absent from Lion Server, South Korea penalizes Apple for the location brouhaha, and Java 7's compiler injects a bit of randomness into software development.

Developer Week in Review: Linux turns the big 3.0

Developer Week in Review: Linux turns the big 3.0
By James Turner
July 28, 2011

The Linux kernel gets to version 3.0. Meanwhile, Oracle doesn't seem to remember the warm reception that Sun gave Android, and big players get lawsuits on their doorsteps.

Who leads the Java parade?

Who leads the Java parade?
By Mike Loukides
July 13, 2011

Are any of the companies in the Java community willing to exercise technical leadership? Are there organizations willing to bring the features Java needs to fruition? It's time for the real leader to stand up and address these questions.

Developer Week in Review: The other shoe drops on iOS developers

Developer Week in Review: The other shoe drops on iOS developers
By James Turner
June 2, 2011

If you were an iOS developer, you may have gotten to meet a process server in person this week, as Lodsys doles out the first batch of lawsuits. Oracle gave Apache the keys to OpenOffice, and told them to take it out for a spin, and your faithful editor vents about a commonly overused Java pattern.

Developer Week in Review: Apple devs cry "gimme shelter"

Developer Week in Review: Apple devs cry
By James Turner
May 25, 2011

If you were an Apple developer, it was a good week. If you were a Sony executive, it was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. If you were Oracle, it was business as usual.

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way
By James Turner
May 12, 2011

Oracle casts another piece of Sun from their portfolio, Apple and Google defend themselves from big-brother accusations made by, um, Big Brother, and it turns out you probably have a pretty sweet job, after all.

Wrap-up of 2011 MySQL Conference

By Andy Oram
April 15, 2011

Two themes: mix your relational database with less formal solutions and move to the cloud. This may actually be the best environment MySQL has ever enjoyed.

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
March 23, 2011

What's in a name? For Amazon's new Appstore, it was a lawsuit. For Oracle's sun.com domain, big money. And would MySQL by any other name smell as sweet?

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
February 9, 2011

The way things are going, next year's Google I/O will sell out before it opens for registration and Oracle will have managed to alienate every open source developer alive.

Four short links: 20 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 20, 2011

Ajax Code Editor -- MPL/GPL/LGPL-licensed Javascript code editor that can be embedded into web sites. This used to be Mozilla Skywriter which used to be Mozilla Bespin. (via Mozilla Labs blog) Sun A Year After: The Open Source Projects -- roundup of what happened to Sun's open source projects after the Oracle acquisition. It's like the plague struck: some...

The Watering Hole - Two Egos Enter, One Ego Leaves

The Watering Hole - Two Egos Enter, One Ego Leaves
By James Turner
December 12, 2010

I'd throw in Steve Jobs too, but after 20 minutes of hearing about how this cage match was going to revolutionize the Ultimate Fighting landscape, that it would be like no cage match ever seen before, the other two would be bored to sleep, and easy prey.

Developer Week in Review

By James Turner
November 10, 2010

In this edition of Developer Week in Review: Intel opens an app store, Apache is peeved at Oracle, Microsoft open sources a language you've probably never heard of, and Radar detects an incoming salvo of point-releases from Apple.

Developer Week in Review

By James Turner
November 3, 2010

This week, Apple readies iOS 4.2, OpenOffice loses 33 contributors, competitors chip away at IE's browser share, and soon you'll have a Chrome option for netbooks.

Oracle Essentials OpenWorld 2010 Update

By Robert Stackowiak
October 10, 2010

Oracle OpenWorld 2010 provided a series of significant announcements. We'll briefly highlight a few of them here as a further update to the 4th Edition of the book and our subsequent blogs.

MySQL highlighted at Oracle user group conference

By Andy Oram
June 16, 2010

A special MySQL track at Kaleidoscope, the upcoming Oracle Developer Tools User Group conference, should give MySQL a nice bounce.

MySQL conference 2010: thriving as one of many

By Andy Oram
April 15, 2010

The future course of MySQL in an environment with many new and intriguing alternatives to relational databases, and multiple versions of MySQL itself.

MySQL conference begins in the midst of industry shifts

By Andy Oram
April 13, 2010

The conference comes at a time of unusual uncertainty and change for MySQL--and I'm not talking about the Oracle acquisition, which the community dealt with last year.

Brian Aker on post-Oracle MySQL

By James Turner
April 8, 2010

In time for next week's MySQL Conference & Expo, Brian Aker discussed a number of topics with us, including Oracle's motivations for buying Sun and the rise of NoSQL.

MySQL migration and risk management

By Mac Slocum
March 5, 2010

Ronald Bradford has been guiding DBAs through key aspects of database integration for years. In this Q&A, he discusses the pros and cons of migrating from Oracle to MySQL (hint: it's not just about cost savings). He also weighs in on how Oracle's acquisition of Sun will shape the future of MySQL and its community.

Give It Up, Monty

By Chris Josephes
December 16, 2009

Monty Widenius wants his to have his cake, and dual license it, too.

Announcing O'Reilly Answers - Clever Hacks. Creative Ideas. Innovative Solutions.

Announcing O'Reilly Answers - Clever Hacks. Creative Ideas. Innovative Solutions.
By Allen Noren
November 4, 2009

We're launching the beta of O'Reilly Answers, and I'm inviting you to be part of it. In brief, O'Reilly Answers is a community site for sharing knowledge, asking questions, and providing answers that brings together our customers, authors, editors, conference speakers, and Foo (Friends of O'Reilly). O'Reilly is at the center of an amazing exchange of knowledge sharing and idea generation, and we want you to join us in changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators.

Four short links: 24 September 2009

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2009

Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography -- This resource provides a comprehensive view of the history of cartography, with examples of maps created throughout the ages and background information about the contexts within which those maps, visualizations and map making technologies were created. Explore each time period, click on the images and stories found throughout each time line,...

OSCON: The saga of MySQL

By Robert Kaye
July 24, 2009

At OSCON in 2006, I followed sessions that discussed how open source companies would fare when big corporations come in. Back then there were only a handful of examples of big companies purchasing small open source companies. Three years later, we've witnessed MySQL AB get swallowed by Sun, only to have Sun be swallowed by Oracle. Now there are...

Oracle Essentials Chapter 10 Update: BI Applications & Data Models

By Robert Stackowiak
July 17, 2009

Since the publishing of the 4th Edition of "Oracle Essentials", Oracle has continued to evolve the business capabilities and sources supported by what are referred to in the book as the former Siebel Analytics applications.

Is Oracle Getting Ready To Kill Unbreakable Linux?

By Chris Josephes
July 14, 2009

Will Unbreakable Linux be pushed to the sidelines by another open source operating system?

MySQL faster, better, and still unified: notes about Sun, Monty Widenius, Percona, and Drizzle

MySQL faster, better, and still unified: notes about Sun, Monty Widenius, Percona, and Drizzle
By Andy Oram
May 22, 2009

It might have seemed last week, with the announcement of the Open Database Alliance, that MySQL is forking. The ODA promises a "central clearinghouse for MySQL development" and claims to improve on areas where criticism has historically been aimed at MySQL AB/Sun: bug-fixing, performance, and community responsiveness. But what's going on behind the scenes is much more subtle and promises a much better outcome for MySQL.

Poll Results: How will the Oracle purchase of Sun affect you as a developer?

By Rich Tretola
April 28, 2009

From the results of this poll it appears that the acquisition of Sun by Oracle will not effect your choice of any of Sun's open source projects. Only 20% of those responding said they would be less likely to use...

MySQL 2009 conference wrap-up: news flash about Flash and other notes from the experts

MySQL 2009 conference wrap-up: news flash about Flash and other notes from the experts
By Andy Oram
April 24, 2009

MySQL conference wrap-up: Flash, cloud computing, managing large installations, the value of community, and how to fumble your way to winning the presidency.

MySQL conference begins: the resurgence of InnoDB and other current events

MySQL conference begins: the resurgence of InnoDB and other current events
By Andy Oram
April 22, 2009

I sense a bigger enterprise theme at the MySQL conference this year. The pride of putting up a PHP- or Rails-backed web site lies in the past; now people are concerned with scaling into the clouds (figuratively and literally) and ensuring absolute reliability.

Oracle Set-up & Management of HP Oracle Database Machine

By Robert Stackowiak
February 7, 2009

Shortly after the initial release of the HP Oracle Database Machine and the Exadata Storage Server, this blog described the new products. As organizations tested the hardware / software solution and more details have emerged on how it is delivered,...


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