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A Nate Silver book recommendation engine

By Joe Wikert
March 21, 2013

It’s NCAA tournament time here in the U.S. and plenty of bracketologists are turning to Nate Silver for his statistical expertise. Silver, of course, is known for his book, The Signal and the Noise, as well as predicting presidential elections and Major …

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.

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.

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: 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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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.

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 23rd, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 23rd, 2009
By James Turner
March 25, 2009

This week's podcast features a chat with Brady Forrest, who organizes conferences for O'Reilly, about the upcoming Where conference, and what's happening with geo-aware technology in general. Brian Aker, MySQL guy for Sun, talks about the possibility of MySQL becoming...

Blue Sun? What an IBM acquisition of Sun means for software

By Kurt Cagle
March 24, 2009

However, Sun's software side of the acquisition ledger, especially by IBM, has been rather oddly overlooked, given that it will likely have major implications for software development and cloud computing for years. Sun's software holdings cover five primary areas - Java, Solaris, mySQL, Open Office, and Sun's recently acquired QLayer cloud infrastructure. Understanding how IBM could potentially ramp up (or destroy) each of these gives some interesting insight into the real value of IBM's potential software acquisitions.

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 16th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for March 16th, 2009
By James Turner
March 18, 2009

This week's roundup include discussion of the Sun/IBM rumors, the future of newspapers, Microsoft and Science Commons teaming up, and the weekly podcast quiz....

New MySQL Query Analyzer for enterprise customers

New MySQL Query Analyzer for enterprise customers
By Andy Oram
November 19, 2008

MySQL AB (now Sun's Database group) established a multi-pronged business model long ago: support contracts, dual licensing, and proprietary add-ons all play a role in making them one of the biggest success stories in the area of open source business. Today their MySQL Query Analyzer adds another brick to that edifice. The analyzer can do simple things such as tell you how long a recent query took and how the optimizer handled it (the results of EXPLAIN statements). But it can also give historical information such as how the current runs of a query compare to earlier runs.

MySQL User Conference Registration Up 32%

By Tim O'Reilly
March 22, 2008

I was interested to note that as of this morning, attendee registration numbers for the MySQL User Conference (which O'Reilly co-produces with MySQL) are up 32% over the same period last year. This seems to be a good sign...


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