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COBOL Comes to the JVM and New Apache Tomcat Eclipse Plugin

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, Microsoft-led CPTN Novell bid is still on.

COBOL Comes to Java Platform

Today, Micro Focus are releasing a 30 day free trial of Visual COBOL R3. This development environment allows COBOL users to pick from a selection of deployment platforms and frameworks, including Eclipse and the JVM platform. Visual COBOL R3 also adds C# and Java-like constructs in an attempt to make COBOL programming easier for Java and .NET developers. The project also adds a ‘Visual COBOL Development Hub’ for Linux and Unix servers, allowing users to compile and debug COBOL code in their desktop remotely. More information about the project can be found at the Micro Focus website.

At over 50 years old, COBOL (standing for COmmon Business-Oriented Language) is one of the oldest programming languages.

Microsoft-led CPTN Novell Bid Still On

According to TechFlash, the Microsoft-led CPTN consortium are still planning to buy the Novell patents. Although the patent was withdrawn, Microsoft have told TechFlash that this was just a procedural step “necessary to provide time to allow for review of the proposed transaction.” The consortium consists of Apple, Oracle and EMC, in addition to Microsoft. Novell is being acquired by Attachmate Corporation at a transaction valued at approximately $2.2 billion, with the CPTN consortium apparently still planning to concurrently acquire “certain intellectual property assets” for $450 million. The open source community has voiced concerns about CPTN acquiring these patents.

Security Releases for IcedTea

A new set of security releases have been made available for the IcedTea project: IcedTea6 1.7.7, IcedTea6 1.8.4 and IcedTea6 1.9.4. The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK6 using Free Software build tools. Please see the blog post for a list of the fixed bugs.

RackSpace Partner With Akami

Hosting and cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting have announced a “strategic relationship” with Akami, a provider of cloud optimisation services. Rackspace will now offer Akami’s web application and cloud optimisation services, as part of its cloud hosting portfolio. Rackspace will integrate Akami features such as Secure Sockets Layer and CNAMEs, in an effort to create a “one-stop shop” for hosting, cloud and acceleration services for web content and applications.

Mozilla Skywriter Becomes Ace!

The Mozilla Skywriter project (formerly Bespin) browser-based code editing environment has been merged with the’s Cloud9 Editor (Ace) project. Ace provides an editor for the web that uses the DOM to render, making it compatible with a wider range of browsers. Previously, the Mozilla Skywriter team have worked with to merge a basic version of the Skywriter plugin system and some of its extensibility points.

“The merging of Ace and Skywriter has gone even better than we’d expected. It’s gone so well, in fact, that we’ve decided that the best thing to do for the projects is to completely merge them. We’re pleased to report that the Skywriter project is now being fully replaced by Ace,” writes Kevin Dangoor, on behalf of the Skywriter and Ace teams.

There is as of yet no release date for the initial version of Ace.

Maintenance Release for VirtualBox

A maintenance release of the VirtualBox x86 virtualisation software package has been announced. Version 4.0.2 fixes a number of bugs related to the GUI, which could result in crashes. The error information propagation for errors preventing a VM start has also been improved. Please see the Release Notes for more information.

First Scala Project for National UK Newspaper

The UK national newspaper The Guardian, is using Scala for its new Content API. This is The Guardian’s first Scala project.

Apache Tomcat ‘Mongrel’ Eclipse Plugin

The 1.0.0 release of Mongrel has been announced. This is an Eclipse plugin based on the Sysdeo Tomcat Plugin, for developing applications with Apache Tomcat. It allows users to configure a project, and to start and stop a Tomcat session in debugging mode, from within Eclipse.

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