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Rich Green, who recently returned to Sun Microsystems to head its software efforts, said that it's "not whether but how" Sun can open source Java and maintain compatibility that's delaying it from doing so. The promise, which might take some pressure off Sun, whose proprietary-style stewardship of the technology has always been a sore spot with Java licensees, was made at the opening of JavaOne Tuesday during Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's keynote when Green was brought on stage. Green said Sun was caught between a rock and a hard place - between the desire to open source Java and the fact that "compatibility matters" in a technology as ubiquitous as Java - but that it was going to be his job, now that he was back at Sun, to figure out how to do it. Sun has always been jealous of its control over Java and has voiced this logic before. Green offered no timeframe for it ha... (more)

Google Gets Feisty

Google introduced a Sidebar panel in its online beta recently that personalizes desktop search with live information such as a real-time stock ticker, weather reports, news stories, and blog updates. It is self-learning, indexes past Internet use and is supposed to anticipate user preferences. In the process Google collects information on user behavior, reopening the confidentiality issue. The so-called Google Desktop 2, a follow-on to the desktop search widgetry Google released last fall and borrowing from Apple's Dashboard and Yahoo's Konfabulator programs, can search network ... (more)

JasperSoft Announces New JBoss Reporting Portal

JasperSoft, which focuses on commercial open source reporting solutions and a JBoss Open Source Federation member, has announced availability of the JBoss Reporting Portal by JasperReports, which it calls the industry's first open source reporting technology integrated with the JBoss Application Server and JBoss Portal technologies. The JBoss integration module is designed to simplify reporting for organizations running enterprise applications with the open source, J2EE JBoss software. Already a popular JasperReports download, it allows for easier viewing and administration of Ja... (more)

ClearNova Exec Defends Open Source AJAX Development vs Java

SYS-CON special correspondent and well-known author and teacher Yakov Fain recently took the emerging (or re-emerging) AJAX development world to task. Writing in his recent Java blog entry, Fain (pictured above) said, "The idea is noble: instead of rendering an entire HTML page on each little change on the page, it's much better to send an asynchronous request that will get the data for you and refresh only the relevant portion of the screen. (But) every author writing on AJAX is giving the same (the only?) examples where this technology is being used: Google maps and e-mail. (BTW, ... (more)

BEA - Interface21 Collaboration Delivers Key Java EE 5 Components for Spring 2.0

BEA Systems, a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, and Interface21, the company behind Spring, the leading Java application framework, have announced that that two companies are collaborating to provide increased support for the recently approved Java Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE 5) standard. As part of today's announcement, the companies have released an open source project that is designed to provide features and tooling to make programming enterprise Java easier. Interface21 and BEA worked together to use Spring 2.0 as a foundation for several key Java EE 5 co... (more)