July 2006 - Posts

Shocking: Microsoft pays open source supporters

Now this is a place I would really like to work at. First thing that came to my mind: PHP as a front-end to a WCF business backend, second thing: Mono 2.0. I really hope Port 25 thrives!

Summer of Python

is an object oriented dynamic language which has became popular of late (along with Ruby). Beta 2 of Python 2.5, the official implementation, has just been released. Further, beta 9 of IronPython, a .NET implementation, has also been released, on schedule with the plans of having a 1.0 release this summer. It seems like, more sooner than later, we'll have to learn a dynamic language so it's going to be a good idea to download IronPython and give it a try.

In five years, Java EE will be the CORBA of the 21st Century

Richard Monson-Haefel is a noted J2EE author, in this article he says:

In five years, Java EE will be the CORBA of the 21st Century. People will look at it and say, 'It had its time but nobody uses it any more because it was too complicated.

The article has caused (of course) quite a stir at places like theserverside.com but, given that Richard is renowned in the EJB world, I think this is a real blow to the J2EE proposal.

Mono 1.1.16: Python, Windows Forms, ASP.NET 2.0

This is actually Beta 3 of Mono 1.2, some highlights (according to the official announcement):

IronPython 1.0 Beta 8 works with this release out of the box.

Majorly improved Windows.Forms and System.Drawing as our beta program for Windows.Forms continues.

New default optimizations boost performance for compute intensive applications.

Long standing debugging line numbers bug fixed.

Preview code for the new Compacting GC.

Hardened runtime for verification, AppDomain unloading and type loading failures

Significant progress on ASP.NET 2.0, some Starter Kits are now functional, as well as large improvements to its test suite.

Seems like we are one step closer to SmartClients (TM) in Linux... Go get your copy here.

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