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'Java's always been a RIA platform - before the world really wanted one,' claimed Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz recently, as he reflected on the reinvention of the Java platform as represented by JavaFX. 'What's a rich internet application?' Schwartz wrote. 'It depends on your perspective,' he continued, adding 'From mine, it's any network connected application that persists in front of a user, typically outside a browser, that can operate when disconnected from the network.' Writing in his popular industry blog, Schwartz gave a little of the background to Java's origins:"Early Java applets delivered interactivity, but at the expense of development complexity and, in the early days, performance - when a browser, and more recently JavaScript, would suffice. But browser based applications are hitting complexity and performance limits, and content owners are striving for hig... (more)

InterSystems Introduces DeepSee

Responding to the growing demand for business intelligence (BI) capabilities that enable real-time decision-making for operational business processes, InterSystems Corporation has announced InterSystems DeepSee embedded real-time BI software. DeepSee aims to broaden the use of BI to decision makers at all organization levels driving more effective day-to-day execution across the enterprise. DeepSee is the newest offering in the InterSystems product line. The innovative software family also includes the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance object database, InterSystems HealthShare... (more)

Terracotta Extends Value of Java Clustering Solution

Terracotta has announced the latest version of their open source Java clustering solution, Terracotta version 2.7. The new version builds on the adoption of Terracotta in specific vertical markets and applications such as reservation systems, online gaming, and information portals. In addition, it offers extended support for the Spring framework and Glassfish application server, and delivers enhanced scalability, performance, and operational visibility. It is available for download at www.terracotta.org. By reducing development time and the number of application servers and data... (more)

Oracle-Sun: Oracle Issues Statement

Oracle yesterday evening issued the following statement, attributable to Dan Wall, Latham & Watkins counsel to Oracle: "We've had a very good dialogue with the Department of Justice and we were almost able to resolve everything before the Second Request deadline. All that's left is one narrow issue about the way rights to Java are licensed that is never going to get in the way of the deal. I fully expect that the investigation will end soon and not delay the closing of the deal this summer." ... (more)

Java "Robo Sapien" Robot Speaks Up During Strukhoff SYS-CON.TV Interview

RS Media, a "robo sapien" invented by a fellow named Mark Tilden and distributed by a company called WowWee, was interviewed at JavaOne 2007 by SYS-CON.TV founder and host Roger Strukhoff. Despite the interviewer's best attempts at providing a steady hand and steady conversation, the robot seemed to crack a bit under the pressure of the hot TV lights and potential worldwide audience in the billions. The robot also made an appearance on-stage with Father of Java James Gosling and Sun's Bernard Travers during the annual "Toy Show" presentation on the final day of the conference. Da... (more)