Cloud Price War

It was a matter of time until Amazon AWS would react to the recent price reduction by Google. With effect of April 1st they cut prices for EC2 and S3 massively again (up to 65% on S3 and 40% on EC2). For now the customer is the winner, lets observe how it develops on the long term.

More info here..

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Joel Spolsky on stackoverflow.com

I hang out at stackoverflow.com (link) once in a while and it is amazing how this so non-forum style forum brings people together to answer questions on a variety of development and other IT topics. It is run (or better initiated, because it is run by everyone) by Jeff Atwood, Joel Spolsky and some other folks (link). Drop a (reasonable) question and you get useful answers.

I came across the presentation by Joel at Google (link) about stackoverflow.com

Daily Thoughts 5

  • IBM to acquire SUN ?
    Its not really new that SUN is looking for someone with a big pocket to buy the whole shop. Among potential candidates are DELL, HP,.. and IBM, which seems to be more serious about the deal (link). What will it means ? I am not sure if I want to tune into the pessimistic mood, that you find in some forums (link). A lot of innovative and creative power will be grounded (or at least the financial backing of it). IBM has zero genuine interest in Open Source and IBM is NOT hip, they are old fashioned and ultra bureaucratic. Most of the (server) products will disappear (or merged into their websphere product line with usual high pricetags) and stuff like Netbeans will turned down (in favor of eclipse), aka “opened” to the community but disappear in irrelevance after a while. We wont know. I hope that doesnt create another Microsoft in the srver world.
  • 456,520 downloads of Glassfish
    That shows the appreciation and adoption of the product in comparison to a number of other (propietary) products. Would IBM call it GlassSphere, Websphere Glass or whatever.
    Link
  • Google Chrome Beta
    There is another beta available for download (link). Despite the rumors Google would trash the browser is still taking up. Certain features I really like, I guess it could take some shares of the user distribution in future. I dislike the persistent update application running in the background with an option to disable it. I still favor Firefox because of the huge number of plugins. I dislike its getting slower to startup and eats memory.

Daily Thoughts 4

  • 100,000,000th JavaFX
    Last week Jonathan Schwartz celebrated the 100,000,000 download of the JavaFX runtime on his blog (link). I share his excitement about JavaFX technology out now to conquer the field of Silverlight and Flash. If not I would not invert time in picking it up ! But to paint a bit more realistic picture, there is no dedicated JavaFX runtime installer. It is included with the regular, actual JRE installer, or to quote from java.com “JavaFX runtime is integrated with Java download. During the installation of Java 6 update10 (jre6u10), users will also be installing JavaFX runtime.” (link). JavaFX piggyback in a way (a smart way), but thats fine, this way as a solution provider you dont need to struggle with extra plugin installer, your customer or user already has it (at least with an up-to-date JRE).
    The JavaFX SDK has supposingly 100,000 downloads.
  • Netbeans 7 turns 6.7
    Release was initially the next release planned to hit the community, but the development team decided to release a version 6.7 in June (milestone release in next few weeks) and 7 at a later stage. I guess JEE6 support is among the reason to wait for 7. More info at netbeans.org (link).
  • Android versus JavaFX
    The more I read about the background of the 2 technolgies, even they are very close relatives, the more I doubt there will be a JavaFX running on Android anytime soon. My personal guess: Some folks will offspring a project on Kenai or Sourceforge to get it running.
  • Buying Android in Singapore
    One day after I ordered the dev phone from US, Singtel started to sell the HTC dream, which is an Android phone, here. Guess like the T-Mobile G1 it is locked. Good timing though. Lets see what is the retail price without contract (maybe not available).

Google Android

I ordered the Google Android development phone today. I strongly believe in the open concept of hardware devices like the Pandora (link) or Sun Spot (link) other than iPhone or the MS XBOX as proprietary products  forcing you to join commercial membership and developer programs. I evaluate mobile devices in regards of business applications with RIA (aka REA) technology.

You need to join the Android Market Program (25 U$) in order to order the development phone for 399 U$ (shipment and duties to Singapore about 80 U$). The development unit is hardware unlocked, means you can make changes to the underlying OS and SIM-unlocked, to load with any SIM card.  The only other source for the phone is German T-Mobile, which offers the Android (SIM-, and hardware-locked) at a cheaper contract-lock-in price.

Google Android (copyright by android.brightstarcorp.com)

Google Android (copyright by android.brightstarcorp.com)

Some useful links:

  • The official Android Website (link)
  • The Dev Phone 1 specs (link)
  • SDK and Developer-Tools (link)
  • Youtube videos by the development team (link)
  • Netbeans plugin for Android Development (link)
  • Google Groups Beginner (link) and advanced developer (link)

Until the device arrives I will spend some time on getting started and using the SDK with Netbeans plugin.

Remark: Not sure if I also manage to get JavaFX running on the Android, we will see.

Update: Spending some time reading various documents and forums I understand the background. Android is executing Dalvik byte code (wiki-link) and as long JavaFX cannot be compiled as such, it wont run. Guess it is not a impossible task, waiting for someone to do it (rather a Android hardware manufacturers job to trigger it)

JavaFX News

  • JavaFX is not yet available for Linux and OpenSolaris, at least officially. Still some fokls foud ways to get it up and running. Have a look at:
    >> OpenSolaris (link) and
    >> Linux (link)
  • Android, the Google Mobile Phone phone OS, is running on a Java platform, but not supporting JavaME applications. There is no official Netbeans plugin, but a Kenai project (link) that helps the NB folks to use their sweet environment. And you are wondering if JavaFX is going to run on Android ?
    Last year Johnathan Schwartz and Rich Green at  JavaOne:


    (Besides this video I could not trace any information how to do it. Am I paranoid ? but SUN and Google not really collaborating on such topics ?
  • More info on the JavaFX Mobile launch (link)
  • Updating Netbeans JavaFX plugin 1.1  and getting this ?
    Netbeans Network Error

    Netbeans Network Error

    You are not alone ! I try to get the update for the last few days and always get this error. The only really annoying thing in NB at the moment (for me).