Oracle Monday appealed the multibillion-dollar Google-Java decision that went
horribly against it last year when Android was found not to infringe on its
patent or copyrights. It says if works of fiction are protected by copyright,
so should the Java language claiming that Google copied a blockbuster
literary work and imagining a writer named Ann Droid poaching a Harry Potter
book. Groklaw says Oracle had as many as 28 lawyers working on the 200-page
and counting brief.
When we encounter a java.lang.OutOfMemoryError, we often find that Java heap
dumps, along with other artifacts, are generated by the Java Virtual Machine.
If you feel like jumping right into a Java heap dump when you get a
java.lang.OutOfMemoryError, don't worry, it's a normal thought. You may be
able to discover something serendipitously, but it's not always the best idea
to analyze Java heap dumps, depending on the situation you are facing. We
first need to investigate the root cause of the java.lang.OutOfMemoryError.
Only after the root cause is identified can we decide whether... (more)
Java SE 7, the Java Platform, Standard Edition 7 is out.
It's the first major release in five years and took 9,494 bug fixes, 1,966
enhancements, 9,018 changesets, 147 builds and four JSRs to get here.
It's also the first release of the Java platform under Oracle's stewardship,
and threatened not to happen until Oracle put its foot down and went off and
wheeled and dealed and leveraged IBM. (Remember the Apache Foundation
stalking off and slamming the door?)
Still, it's based on the open source OpenJDK, making it something of a
novelty for a commercial release.
There's nothing r... (more)
Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung
i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?"
Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing
completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving
the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical
Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not
(yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do
to vote is to go to the Further Details page... (more)
There are very few pieces of software where a casual approach can be taken to
the process of software development. Software development is intrinsically a
difficult process, gathering requirements, design, development and testing
all taking large effort. In reaction enterprises have setup and adopted
strict development processes to build software (or at least the successful
enterprises have ;-).
ADF and JDeveloper are sold as productivity boosters for developers. Yet in
the end they are just a technology platform. By themselves they don't solve
the complexities of software develo... (more)
Gene Amdahl: Implementer in the 60s of a milestone in computer technology:
the concept of compatibility between systems
Marc Andreessen: Pioneer of Mosaic, the first browser to navigate the WWW;
co-founder of Netscape
John Vincent Atanasoff: Inventor of an electronic computer in the late 1930s
not for fun or glory, but because he had problems for it to solve
Charles Babbage: Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge in 1828;
inventor of the 'calculating machine'
John Backus: Inventor (with IBM) of FORTRAN (FORmula TRANslator) in 1956
Ralph Baer: "The man who invented video ga... (more)