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Friday, October 30, 2009

Andy Bechtolsheim speaks, GuestVM, Maxine and other tidbits


  • Andy Bechtolsheim at HPTS 2009 on the future of Flash and other Computing technology trends. Hey, if Mr. Andy says so, then it has to be true

  • Digg's use of Cassandra. This also means more contributors to Cassandra

  • Ongoing research at Sun on VMs running directly on a thin virtualization layer - GuestVM and the Java meta VM that is Maxine

    • This space is certainly worth keeping an eye on because VMWare "might" eventually do this for Spring + OpenJDK + VMW, just like BEA's LiquidVM

    • On a related note, Billy Newport had written about why Java in its current state might not be the best candidate for virtualization



  • On an unrelated note, I wonder why VMWare has still not acquired GigaSpaces or GemStone or Terracotta or GridGain or any such technology after they acquired Spring

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tusker - Wynad


Tusker - wynad, originally uploaded by SRJP.

Pic taken by my dad - Dr. Jayaprakash.

Striped neck mongoose


striped necked mongoose, originally uploaded by SRJP.

Pic taken by my dad - Dr. Jayaprakash.

Dholes - Nagarahole


doles - nagarahole, originally uploaded by SRJP.

Pic taken by my dad - Dr. Jayaprakash.

Dhole (Asiatic Wild Dog).

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Software Inc - running, selling, failures and other interesting essays

Joy of Honesty in Business: A 5-part Series. I love this guy's blog.

Are sales people different from you and me? - Business of Software Blog. Something I as an Engineer have always wondered.

On a related note, what motivates people - money? Think again. TED - Dan Pink on Motivation

Interesting notes on why their SaaS BI startup LucidEra failed (from their ex-Director of Engg) - Why did startup LucidEra fail?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's a Bug AND a Feature





feature, originally uploaded by dratz.

Brilliant!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

IntelliJ IDEA is now Open Source!

Wow, my favorite Java IDE - IntelliJ is now Open Source. It has to be because of intense competition and widespread adoption of Eclipse and to some extent NetBean's Groovy and JVM other language support.

Even though they are miles apart from IntelliJ, I guess "free" is a price that is very hard to compete with.

Scala and Groovy are going to lead the next wave, if you will, in JVM Languages. Even if they manage to build a sizable Developer community (not users, but contributors) around IntelliJ that can match Eclipse, which is quite unlikely; I wonder why they did it and how do they intend to make any money?

I know that their .Net IDE - ReSharper is way better than Visual Studio. I suppose that is their only remaining cash cow now. Who knows?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Will Oracle be good for Java?

Scott McNealy asks the audience "Will Oracle be good for Java?". A rhetorical question. Or is it? Find out what James Gosling has to say. Funny but very reassuring.



(Via: taranfx.com)

Saturday, October 03, 2009

X marks the spot


X marks the spot, originally uploaded by ashwin.jayaprakash.

Jet contrails above my apartment.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Link: The VAR Guy’s Open Source 50

A good list of Open Source companies/projects to keep an eye on - The VAR Guy’s Open Source 50.