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Oracle Reveal They Are Working on Solaris 11 and JVx Enterprise Application Framework Now Supports Android

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, GreenHopper 5.2 is released today, and the Scala team give us an insight into Scala, post-2.8.

GreenHopper 5.2 Now With Cumulative Flow Diagrams

GreenHopper 5.2 is released today!

GreenHopper adds agile project management to JIRA projects, when the software development teams are practising Scrum or Kanban.

With this release, the chart board and release boards now include Cumulative Flow Diagrams, for evaluating the amount of work in progress and the average lead time for the development team. Now, when it is decided that enough work has been done to warrant a release, the user can do so by selecting the “Release” option directly from the “Done” column. Also regarding ease of use, the developer can now click directly on any issue type in the legend to create a new issue.

A range of licensing options are available for GrassHopper, starting from $10 and increasing with the number of users.

JVx Enterprise Application Framework Supports Android

A new version of the JVx Enterprise Application Framework is available.

Notably, Jvx attempts to contain all the components needed for an Enterprise Application and pledges that due to its open source nature and extendibility, it should not be necessary to build on the contained application frames. Contained components include image/icon library, client and server tier and session administration.

This new release contains a QT Jambi UI implementation as well as GWT/extGWT support, and introduces support for using Android mobiles as target runtimes to JVx applications.

Also planned for future releases, is developing JVx GUI Builder as an Eclipse plugin, and possible iPad and iPhone support.

New Scala Post-2.8 Roadmap

Scala 2.8 may have only been released, but already the team are looking to future releases, and have posted their ‘Beyond 2.8 – A Roadmap.’

First up, Scala fans can expect a bugfix release 2.8.1 around September/October 2010. The 2.9 release is currently scheduled for December/January and will feature more additions to the libraries and parallel collections, which will leverage the new uniform collections framework of 2.8. According to the roadmap, the parallel collections will support the same operations as Scala’s sequential collections, and will make use of multicores. For fans of the bleeding edge, the first version of parallel collections is already available in the nightly builds.

Oracle Announce Solaris 11

After the announcement of the community-driven Illumos effort, Oracle have told they are living up to their promise of continuing to develop Solaris and are in fact building up to a “major new release” of the Solaris Unix OS.

The new Solaris 11 is currently scheduled for a 2011 release, and will reportedly include some technology from openSolaris. Some members of the community have interpreted this as meaning that Oracle will no longer develop openSolaris. Solaris 11 will also feature new technologies developed by Oracle, including new patching and maintenance functionality.

“You’ll see us really building on the gold standard capabilities that are in Solaris today with significant enhancements in virtually every aspect of the system,” John Fowler, Oracle’s executive vice president of systems, told

John Fowler also stated that Oracle would continue to invest in its open source communities even though, currently, its focus was on the Solaris 11 release.


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