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This article shows how to build database Web applications using Oracle, two open-source frameworks, and MetaBOX software. Building database Web applications is commonly a repetitive task; many such applications are based on insert/delete/update statements of tables in a form of simple rows, multiple rows, or master/detail combinations. To make this kind of application, many products offer different solutions - we can divide them into procedural or declarative approaches. These products provide wizards or code generators to help developers in the developing stage. Depending on which technologies these generators use - pure HTML or XML - developers need to work more or less to get the desired output and maintain their applications. The procedural approach requires developers to know what they need and how to obtain it. Code generators for this approach generally use... (more)

Book Review: Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property

According to Larry Rosen, "One of the challenges to writing about licensing in a book not specifically written for licensing professionals is to make a very dull subject interesting." A Complete and Thorough BookRosen has met that challenge in his exciting guide to the Open Source licensing zoo. As an extra fillip he offers a set of five Open Source Principles so clear and brief that the Open Source Initiative (OSI) would be well advised to adopt them, plus two new licenses intended to solve not only the weaknesses of some of the current Open Source licenses, but resolve the many problems that revolve around the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) GNU General Public License (GPL) and Lesser General Public License (LGPL). This clear book spends 314 pages in detailed discussion of more legal issues than this review can touch on. The author has the advantage of having trai... (more)

Linux.SYS-CON.com's Editor Responds to SCO CEO's Open Letter

In his open letter to the open source community Darl McBride states, "it is clear that the Open Source community needs a business model that is sustainable if it is to grow beyond a part-time avocation into an enterprise-trusted development model." I have news for you, Darl -- a new business model has already been invented. You're just not a part of it. Whether using the Apache Web server, Linux, gcc, make, Apache Tomcat, PHP, or one of the many, many other open source packages, virtually every company today is heavily dependent upon open source. Virtually everyone. The 'collaborative' process by which all these projects get created is based on a new business model. It's a business model defined by the *users* of the technology - not by vendors. Individuals in companies all around the world are simply working together to create the technologies collaboratively - and ... (more)

Spread Your Wings with Cocoon

Apache Cocoon is one of the most interesting, innovative, and powerful platforms for dynamic content generation, though not as well known as the others. A subproject of the Apache XML project, Cocoon is one of the lesser-known offerings from the folks at the all-open-source Apache Software Foundation, having garnered less attention than some of its more popular cousins like Struts. But Cocoon is worth a look. It's not just Cocoon's use of XML in content generation that makes it so interesting; it's how it uses XML. Cocoon's authors clearly have a deep experience with and an understanding of XML - what it is and isn't good for - and Cocoon's simple but powerful architecture reflects that experience. XML isn't used here just "because everyone's using it." Rather, Cocoon exploits XML's strength for separating content from presentation. (As we know now, the lack of tha... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

BEA Expands Its Blended Development Model by Making Valuable Code Donation to Open Source Java Community

OSBC West, SAN FRANCISCO and SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a bold move that demonstrates its commitment to the open source community and signifies a key milestone in the execution against its Blended Development and Deployment Model, BEA Systems, Inc. , a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced that it will open source a significant portion of BEA Kodo, its persistence engine, under the name Open JPA. BEA acquired Kodo as part of its purchase of SolarMetric, Inc. in November 2005. Today's announcement will benefit all Java users, particularly those who prefer to develop using a blended model of commercial software and open source frameworks. Open JPA is a set of Java persistence Application Program Interfaces (APIs) that are based on the forthcoming Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 (EJB3) standard. A key element of the ... (more)

Fortify Software Introduces Fortify Source Code Analysis Suite 4.0

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Fortify Software, the leading provider of security products that help companies identify, manage and remediate software vulnerabilities, today announced the immediate availability of Fortify Source Code Analysis Suite 4.0. The latest edition of Fortify's award-winning software security suite builds on its proven record of identifying and eliminating the most security vulnerabilities, and introduces important new features that will benefit development, audit, and information security teams for enterprise deployments. "Securing exposed applications and Web services continues to be a critical enterprise need," said Mike Armistead, Vice President of Products, Fortify Software. "Fortify Source Code Analysis Suite is the de facto standard in source code security analysis and this new version provides significant enhancements base... (more)

Teradata Integrates Big Data Analytic Architecture

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Teradata (NYSE: TDC), the leading analytic data solutions company, today introduced Teradata® Unified Data Environment™ and the Unified Data Architecture™. The Teradata Unified Data Environment is a framework for organizations to address all types of data and multiple Teradata systems. The Teradata Unified Data Architecture leverages the complementary value of best-in-class technologies from Teradata, Teradata Aster, and open source Apache™ Hadoop, to enable business users to ask any question, against any data, with any analytic, at any time. Today's announcement includes new software - Teradata Viewpoint, Teradata Connector, and Teradata Vital Infrastructure, and new hardware - Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance 2700 and the recently announced Teradata Aster Big Analytics Appliance. Utilizing the Teradata Unified Data Arch... (more)

MicroStrategy Positioned in the "Leaders" Quadrant of 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms Report

TYSONS CORNER, Va., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the "Leaders" quadrant in the 2014 "Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms" report.(1)  A copy of the Gartner report is available, compliments of MicroStrategy, at: https://www.microstrategy.com/gartner-bi-magic-quadrant-2014 According to Gartner, the dominant theme of the market in 2013 was that data discovery increasingly continued to be a mainstream BI and analytic architecture. Furthermore, Gartner believes that "by 2015, enterprise buyers of BI platforms will predominantly purchase platforms that support both strong and broad business-user-accessible data discovery capabilities and IT-driven enterprise features for da... (more)

HBaseCon 2014 Speakers Announced

PALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/11/14 -- What: Today, the HBaseCon Program Committee announced the final speaker lineup and sessions for the third annual HBaseCon, the premier community event for Apache HBase contributors, developers, admins, and users of all skill levels (hosted by Cloudera). The full-day event includes general sessions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. The General Session features keynotes from Facebook, Google, and salesforce.com engineers -- including a talk about Google's current internal use case and roadmap for its Bigtable technology (which originally inspired the creation of HBase). Who: Keynote speakers include: Mike Olson, chief strategy officer, Cloudera Avtandil Garakanidze, group product manager, and Carter Page, engineering manager, Google Michael Stack, software engineer, Cloudera, and HBase project management committ... (more)

New Septic Shock Biomarker Test Could Boost Better Interventions

CINCINNATI, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Septic shock is a severe systemic infection and major cause of death for the old and young alike. Unfortunately, researchers say testing new drug regimens to stop the infection is confounded because clinical trials include patients who are either too sick to be saved by experimental therapies or not sick enough to warrant the treatments. In a study published in the April edition of Critical Care Medicine, researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati report a new blood test that helps solve the dilemma by identifying low-risk and high-risk patients. Based on genome-wide studies of septic shock patients, the tool measures five protein biomarkers in the blood that are combined to accurately estimate the risk of mortality and determine which patients should receive ex... (more)