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Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York ! Cloud Expo, Inc. announced on Thursday that Cloud Expo 2011 New York, the 8th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, will take place June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo - International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world’s leading Cloud-focused event and is held in New York, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo, and Hong-Kong. Over 900 corporate sponsors and more than 65,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Expo since its inception, tenfold more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York ! "Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term ‘cloud computing' was coined," said Fuat Kircaali, Chairman and Founder of Cloud Expo, Inc. "Cloud has become synonymous with ‘computing' and ‘soft... (more)

Java Feature — Using the Java Persistence API (JPA) with Spring 2.0

The EJB 3.0 Java Persistence API (JPA) was released in May 2006 as part of the Java Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE) platform, and it has already garnered a great deal of attention and praise. What began as merely an easier-to-use successor to the much-maligned container-managed persistence (CMP) portion of the EJB component standard soon evolved into a full-blown incorporation of the existing best practices of the most prominent and popular object-relational (O-R) persistence products in use. The result is that applications now have a modern standard for lightweight enterprise Java persistence that they can use in any compliant Java EE 5 application server, or in Java Standard Edition (SE) applications. The Spring application framework has been in existence for four years, and it has become a popular choice both in an application server context and standalone. Like ... (more)

Open-Xchange Brings Sociability to Collaboration

NUREMBERG, Germany, July 29, 2009 - Open-Xchange, the leading provider of open source groupware, today announced the ability to consolidate social network communication in one central application with the availability of Open-Xchange Server 6.10. Open-Xchange 6.10 introduces a new groupware concept called "Social OX," which aggregates e-mail and contact information in one place -- whether personal or business -- avoiding time-consuming searching and giving users access to information anywhere, anytime and with any device. "Social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Plaxo and Xing are great tools for business networks. And, Googlemail and Yahoo free mail accounts have changed our way of communicating," said Juergen Geck, CTO of Open-Xchange. "Before we end up in confusion with lots of e-mail accounts and address books, Open-Xchange overcomes the barriers between the v... (more)

Developing an Application Using the Eclipse BIRT Report Engine API

The Eclipse platform is an open source, integrated system of application development tools that you implement and extend using a plug-in interface. The Eclipse Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) is a set of plug-in extensions that enable a developer to add reporting functionality to an application. BIRT provides a Report Engine API that a developer can use to create a customized report generator application. The org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api package contains a set of interfaces and implementation classes that supports integrating the runtime part of BIRT into an application. The BIRT Report Engine can provide report generation and rendering services in the following environments: Stand-alone engine: A Java developer uses a stand-alone engine to render a BIRT report from a report design (.rptdesign) file. In this environment, the Java developer create... (more)

Repel the Jedi Mind Trick by Turning to Enterprise Open Source Solutions

The Jedi mind trick is a Force power that can influence the actions of weak-minded sentient beings. Vendors will often try to apply the Jedi mind trick in selling silver-bullet software solutions that solve global warming and stop celebrity feuding while enabling service-based architecture development. Let's quickly put on our aluminum foil caps and repel the Jedi mind trick by turning to open source solutions. Service-based architectures are being touted as the next step in reaching programming nirvana. With these marching orders it's often difficult to build a framework that allows for simple service creation. This framework should also be flexible, scalable, and lightweight as well as easy in exposing services externally. Without the correct framework(s) and guardrails in place your application services can quickly become a jumbled mess. Circular dependencies, m... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Qt Software Opens Its Source Code Repositories

Qt Software has completed its plans to release the Qt source code repositories to the developer community. This news opens the door to software engineers who want to help guide and shape the future development of Qt with code contributions, translations, examples, and other offerings. Qt is a cross-platform C++ GUI toolkit available on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows and is at the center of the UNIX / Linux KDE desktop. In addition to the source code repository release, there is also news that Qt Jambi, a Java version of the Qt GUI library, has been updated to version 4.5.0_01 and released under the LGPL. Qt Software says that it has also launched a web-based source code management system based on the principles of the Git and Gitorious open source version control and collaboration structure. The contribution model is online and will enable developers from the communit... (more)

Browser as Operating System Microsoft-Style

Google's not the only one spouting the old Netscape line about the browser as platform or trying to evolve it into an operating system that can support an increasingly sophisticated web environment. Microsoft, which has yet to dignify word of Google's proposed Chrome OS with a response, has similar ideas. As part of a long-term project meant to bring web applications into functional and quality parity with desktop apps, Microsoft Research has been working on a browser code-named Gazelle that it will describe next month at the Usenix Security Symposium in Montreal. Microsoft says it's the first time a browser has been implemented as a so-called multi-principal operating system but insists it's just research, not a product prototype. In browser-speak a principal is a web site. So multi-principals are web pages that consist of content from different principals, each d... (more)

Stoneware, Inc. Announces SAML Provisioning for Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Expo Indianapolis, IN - October 20, 2009 - Stoneware, Inc. announced today the upcoming release of SAML Provisioning for webNetwork. Integrated SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) provisioning will enable Stoneware's private cloud solution to push a user's identity to public cloud application providers. SAML Provisioning is just another step in strengthening the union between the private cloud and public cloud providers. Provisioning identity information from the private cloud to the public provider simplifies management and strengthens integration resulting in cost savings for both the customer and public cloud provider. "Stoneware continues to lead the industry in uniting the public and private clouds" states Ken Quinton, VP of Strategic Relations - Stoneware, Inc. "Our goal is simple. Let the customer build a private cloud that enables them... (more)

UK Police Arrest Five Anonymous Hacktivists

In a coordinated 7am raid Thursday morning British bobbies swooped down on houses in London and towns around the country and arrested five men and boys suspected of being part of Anonymous, the loose international coalition that last year unleashed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on companies such as PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and PostFinance for refusing to handle payments to the cable-leaking WikiLeaks site and its organizer Julian Assange. They also tried to take down Amazon for turning off WikiLeaks’ cloud servers. The culprits are aged 15, 16, 19, 20 and 26 and are being held at their local jails waiting to be charged under the UK’s Computer Misuse Act of 1990. They each face an $8,000 fine and a 10-year stretch in one of Her Majesty’s prisons. The police said the round-up was part of an on-going investigation by international law enforcement agen... (more)

Google’s Product Chief Leaving

Google is losing its product development chief Jonathan Rosenberg, who reportedly felt he couldn't give the company's brand new retread CEO Larry Page the open-ended commitment to stay on the job that Page wanted. Or so the story goes. Rosenberg was planning to leave in 2013 when his younger kid starts college. Now he's going this summer with plans to write a book with Google's old CEO-now-executive chairman Eric Schmidt about Google's management culture. Apparently he'll come back as a Google consultant after a vacation. Of course, Page wants to focus on products and Rosenberg told the San Jose Mercury News - which broke the story - that Page needed to build his own executive team. Ken Aulette, who wrote the book "Googled: The End of the World as We Know It," told the paper that Page may be glad to see the back of Rosenberg. "Jonathan has sway over much of the man... (more)