Programming & Development


SpringSource Acquires Hyperic

In a move that promises to extend the appeal of the Spring Framework to enterprise developers, SpringSource this week said it has acquired Hyperic, a supplier of open source Web application and infrastructure management.

IBM DB2 Will Target Oracle Database Developers

IBM this week announced a new version of its flagship DB2 database with software that will provide compatibility with applications built for Oracle databases.

MySQL Adds Scalability to Open Source Database

The same week Oracle announced plans to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, MySQL, one of Sun's own recent acquisitions, unveiled the next version of its popular open source database.

Oracle's Sun Acquisition Spells Uncertainty for Java, Database Developers

Oracle's stunning agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems will reshape the landscape of tools and platforms for Java and database developers. But it also means a change in emphasis--or even the demise--of some key tools, development platforms and databases, according to analysts and developers who were caught off guard by yesterday's announcement.

Open Source CMS Drives Academic Initiatives in Cal State System

Charged with providing logistical, process, and developmental support for the massive California State University system, the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) is a big advocate of technology usage, both in and out of the classroom.

Cornell U Lab of Ornithology Streamlines Portal Programming

Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY has moved from manual Java coding processes to Spring, a development platform built by SpringSource, to develop applications on one of its flagship Web sites, eBird.

Harvard Named CUDA Center of Excellence

Harvard University has been named a CUDA Center of Excellence by Nvidia for teaching GPU computing and for integrating CUDA-enabled GPUs into research projects. The university last year received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for developing GPU technologies for scientific computing.

USC-Built Math Game Platform Adopted in LAUSD Schools

A new program developed by researchers in the University of Southern California is helping high school students strengthen their math skills and teaching them how to build complex computer games.

Microsoft Promotes Tools for Silverlight on Mac

Microsoft's attempts to plug in to cross-platform got more convincing last week when development on the Macintosh became a reality with Silverlight 3.

Director 11.5 Adds 5.1 Channel Audio Real Time Mixing

Adobe has released Director 11.5, a major update to the multimedia authoring suite used widely in education. The new version adds significant new audio capabilities, including support for 5.1-channel surround sound, as well as new video format support, new plugins, and multi-version output.