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.
IBM this week announced a new version of its flagship DB2 database with software that will provide compatibility with applications built for Oracle databases.
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.
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 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 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.
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's attempts to plug in to cross-platform got more convincing last week when development on the Macintosh became a reality with Silverlight 3.
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.
The University of Missouri Journalism School, the Reynolds Journalism Institute, and their industry partners including Adobe, Apple, and AT&T are supporting student development work in order to find new ways to reach a changing audience that shuns traditional media. A series of contests will help analyze ideas fostered by the student work and make student products available for real-world applications.