“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 easier and making our users overall experience a little better), and browsing the table of content of this book made it seem worth a closer look. And, overally, after having a closer look, I was about to find out that this book indeed offers profound information on the issue I am dealing with – and way more beyond this scope…

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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 … Read moreproprietary systems, vendor lock-in, developer frustation

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” … Read moreghostlike ambient and art: “incubi succubi”

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 … Read moreSun, Oracle and future perspectives

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 worse for some of the product in the Sun portfolio.

At the moment, however, I don’t want to re-evaluate the various aspects of the Sun/Oracle merger again as this has been done extensively all over the ‘net before. I just, given the day, want to add two personal thoughts to that…

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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 … Read moreKalte – “Claciations” : wintry sound environments

“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 … Read more“the coming open source evolution”, Sun and Oracle

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 … Read moreJava EE “bulk update”: NetBeans 6.8, Glassfish V3, Java EE 6

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 few thoughts come to my mind here…

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