Archive for the ‘news’ tag
One important factor of choosing an online service is about data. Is my data safe? Can I pull out my data any time when I decide to stop using the service? Both are important factors I consider when choosing a service. Services from providers like Google have their brand name, and I blindly know that they keep my data safe. But what happens when you sign up for new services?
FileIt.in is now providing this safety-net for you now. You may export your data anytime (in Atom format). This is if you want to migrate from FileIt.in to any other service, or if you just happen to be cautious and want to have another backup (FileIt.in has nightly backup scheduled).
Terracotta has now acquired popular OpenSource Java scheduling library Quartz. This comes as a news few months after its acquisition of Ehcache. I am happy about this acquisition as it will ensure continued support and improvement of the Quartz project.
This is the mail I received:
We regret to inform you that on November 30th, 2009 we will be suspending the zembly service. More than three years ago, we started this project with the goal of making it easy to create next-generation Web apps. Our original tagline was "Build the web, using the web," and the ideas we were incubating around platform-mediated Web applications, Web API mashups, and social programming were brand new. We learned a lot along the way. Your confidence and enthusiasm helped us improve the project and do amazing things that we never imagined when we began this journey. Thank you to everyone who's been with us through the ups and downs. It's heartening to see that many of the best ideas pioneered in zembly have started to appear elsewhere. With your support, we're proud to have contributed to the DNA of the Web. For more information about the zembly suspension, please refer to the FAQ section at http://zembly.com Finally, if you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org All the best, -- The zembly team Sun Microsystems, Inc. 4150 Network Circle Santa Clara, CA 95054
I liked Zembly when SUN first started it. It was damn easy to create mashups. But unfortunately, like SUN’s other products and services, I knew Zembly was sucking SUN’s money with no business model.
There have been some prominent releases in the past few weeks:
My favorite UML tool, Jude UML (I use the free community edition) will be renamed to astah* UML. I don’t know why this difficult-to-remember and difficult-to-pronounce change in name for an established brand. The name change is scheduled on Oct. 19th.
The best part is, from a Web Developer perspective, we have to just add the following inside the <head> section:
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">
If Chrome Frame is installed in the browser rendering this page, then it is used by default. Cool!
Check out the Wikipedia IE8 page to understand more about X-UA-Compatible.
Amazing work Google
Post acquisition by Facebook, the software behind FriendFeed has been OpenSourced. Tornado is a Python WebServer/Framework. The distinguishing feature of this WebServer is that it is non-blocking and designed for high-scalability.
Facebook in the past has OpenSourced many of their frameworks and tools.
I was surprised to find a major new release of Maven. It seems that Maven 2.1.0 suffered from a major bug due to which releases could not be done. A quick overview of this bug and other feature improvements are discussed in this blog.
I was surprised to find that Apache Software Foundation’s older software releases were not present in their distribution site. They have a new site archive.apache.org/dist where they archive older releases.