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Oracle Drop PostgreSQL Build Farm Servers and Ad hoc Workflows 3.0.4 Released

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, should new programming language Seph target Java 7?

Oracle Pull The Plug on PostgreSQL Support

According to an article posted by Brett Winterford, at the start of July Oracle closed down the three servers that Sun Microsystems had been contributing to the build farm for PostgreSQL, to ensure PostgreSQL was stable on Solaris. The servers were reportedly shut down without warning.

PostgreSQL is an open source database, and an alternative to Oracle’s freshly-acquired MySQL database. The PostgreSQL build farm is a distributed, automated build and verify system that automatically updates whenever PostgreSQL developers change the source code, to test whether the update will cause problems with a particular operating system. The results are uploaded to a central server, where they are monitored by PostgreSQL developers and users.

“It’s a vital piece of the infrastructure for developing PostgreSQL,” Dunstan told iTnews. “Before it existed, if some change we made broke on some platform, it was often weeks or months before we found out about it. Now we know within hours…..if they had given us, say, three months warning, I’d have been less peeved.”

Add New Capabilities to your Wiki with Ad hoc Workflows

Ad hoc Workflows 3.0.4 is out now.

Ad hoc Workflows is a plugin for adding new capabilities to your Wiki. This release adds support for Confluence 3.3 and updates integration with the Content Publishing Plugin. Triggers can now be fired against paired pages and the page state on a draft space can be changed when a page in the public space is updated. There are also a number of bug fixes.

Cobol Parser, Packaged as Sonar Plugin

Version 1.2 of the Cobol Plugin, is now available.

This plugin is a Cobol parser that allows users to perform objective and automated Cobol code reviews against pre-defined or user-made coding best practices. SQL and CICS statements embedded inside Cobol can also be analysed. The plugin reuses available Open Source Sonar core services, including Hotspots and Code viewer with syntax highlighting.

Which Version of Java Should Seph Target?

Ola Bini is currently deciding whether his new Seph programming language should target Java 5/6, Java 7, or Java 7 with extensions.

He refers to Java 5/6 as the “easiest way to go forward,” resulting in a low barrier to entry. However, targeting Java 7 would mean method handles, invoke dynamic and defender methods – which Bini refers to as “killer features.” But, of course, Java 7 doesn’t exist yet and the timeline is uncertain, making Java 7 a “moving target.” The final option of Java 7 with extensions, would mean using some non-complete features of Java 7 in order to gain community feedback and force the feature to become more complete.

Have your say on which version Seph should target, at Bini’s blog!

Buzz Firehose Feed Built From Open Source

John Panzer has revealed that Google’s new Buzz Firehose feed was built exclusively on non-proprietary protocols and formats.


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