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„Programming Collective Intelligence“: Python, data mining, machine learning and a little more…

Simply put: „Programming Collective Intelligence“ is one of the most outstanding publications related to IT and software development I’ve been reading in a while. Given some of our business use case, at the moment I am a little deeper into dealing with analyzing (and, subsequently) making decisions and suggestions out of data somehow linked to users in our environment (for the obvious reason of both making our work a little

proprietary systems, vendor lock-in, developer frustation

Sometimes you just end up frustrated beyond belief: Being into software development / architecture, reading and keeping yourself up-to-date is an essential part of your work. Likewise, you generally tend to be (maybe a little too) enthusiastic about new technologies, as in most cases, while stumbling across new technology, new approaches and concepts, you might see new solutions that might provide an elegant, powerful, or maybe simply more sane way

ghostlike ambient and art: „incubi succubi“

A few days ago, while browsing archive.org I stumbled across „Incubi Succubi“ by Daina Dieva and Svart1. Somehow, this 25-minutes beast of an ambient track has caught my attention and been played quite a couple of times ever since. Initially, this track partially reminded me of Vangelis‘ incredible soundtrack to „Blade Runner“, but „Incubi Succubi“ is way more, way stronger in some respects: The course of a nights worth of

Sun, Oracle and future perspectives

So, now it seems it’s done: oracle.com brightly announces the finalization of the Sun acquisition, the Oracle Java download section features a NetBeans logo (and, vice versa, netbeans.org comes with a „sponsored by Oracle“ button), developers.sun.com is bright red as well, and there are numerous blog posts as well as official answers to questions asked just way too often the last couple of months. Overally, looking at the outcomes of

Sun, Oracle, visions achieved and points missed?

James Gosling, known at best as the father of the Java language, is giving his very kind of special „farewell“ to Sun Microsystems, now that the European Commission has unconditionally approved Oracle to buy the company that once invented Java, the Solaris operating system and a couple of other great technologies. One will have to see what arises out of this, for it could be both for better or for

Kalte – „Claciations“ : wintry sound environments

Music to code to, in some way: Browsing the darkwinter.com archives, I stumbled across „Glaciations“ by Canadian ambient/electronics twopiece Kalte. The page says it all, I guess: … Inspired by the isolation and emptiness inherent in the Polar Night, the Toronto-based electronic duo Kalte has released „Glaciations“, a series of five sound environments made up of cold elements and deep darkness. Drawing from a range of organic sound sources which

„the coming open source evolution“, Sun and Oracle

Reading the Sun Inner Circle Newsletter once in a while, I found the recent issue to be, well, pretty enthusiastic about promoting the idea of Open Source software, especially talking about OpenOffice and several others of Suns own open source projects / products: Sun has been involved in free software for a long time. The company was founded on open source. We took a general-purpose processor and what would have

Java EE „bulk update“: NetBeans 6.8, Glassfish V3, Java EE 6

„Get Tomorrow Today“ is what, these days, one can read while visiting the NetBeans web site. Well. Indeed. Today, a major update of Suns Java (Enterprise) environment for development, deployment, runtime has been released: First of all, NetBeans IDE has bumped up its version number to 6.8, including (not too much of a surprise, I guess…) seamless and production-ready support for Java EE 6 and Glassfish v3, along with improved

SAP, open-ness and moving to Oracle?

There have been a couple of different posts in various SAP related blogs recently, as well as some responses by non-SAP(?) folks, dealing with Java technology (especially in light of the ongoing acquisition of Sun Microsoystems by Oracle), open standards and „open-ness“ in general, it seems. Looking at this through the eyes of someone who is professionally using a dedicated piece of SAP technology (its database environment SAP MaxDB), a