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Lights Go Off For Symbian Foundation

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, first release from Apache Derby 10.7 branch.

Symbian Foundation Sites Go Dark

The Symbian Foundation’s public websites are now closed, taking
open access to the Symbian source code with them. However, until
31st March, 2011 much of the data is still publicly available via
FTP. Please contact the Foundation for access to the
content. Access to the FTP site will cease in March, when Symbian
anticipate a new model for hosting Symbian code will become
available from Nokia.

“We are confident that these are absolutely the right changes in
the context of today’s market and economy, and we look forward to
watching a new era of success for the Symbian platform unfold,” say
Symbian.

First 10.7 Apache Derby Release

The first Apache Derby release from the 10.7 branch has been
announced. Apache Derby provides an open source relational database
implemented in Java. Apache Derby 10.7.1.1 supports the Boolean data type, and
introduces a tool that processes runtime statistics in the XPLAIN
tables and produces an XML document that represents the execution
plan for a particular query. Derby 10.7 adds an optional clause to
the CREATE FUNCTION and CREATE PROCEDURE statements, to allow the
user to specify which privileges a routine should employ when
executing SQL statements on a nested connection.

Apache MyFaces Core 2.0.3 Released

The Apache MyFaces Core, JSF 2.0 implementation has reached
version 2.0.3. This release adds a new utility class
for init parameters WebConfigParamUtils, and improves the
Atmosphere Meteor support for MyFaces. The handling of AJAX
response if source element is deleted, has also been improved.

Amino UI Toolkit Gets Beta Swing
Integration

The Amino open source UI toolkit now has beta integration with Swing, meaning users
should be able to drop Amino scenes into a Swing panel and mix it
with the rest of the app. This is thanks to the JcomponentWrapper
class, which implements JComponent and contains Amino Nodes.
Creator Josh Marinacci has also published a snowflake
simulator
with 3D graphics for Amino.

Donald Ferguson Calls WebSphere His ‘Biggest Technology
Mistake.’

Chief technology officer of business software firm CA
Technologies, Dr Donald Ferguson has referred to WebSphere as the
biggest technology mistake” he ever made. “It was too
complex for people to master. I overdesigned it,” he says in a
recent interview. He created the project while at IBM.

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