Princeton Jct, NJ, October 21, 2011 --(PR.com)-- In a rapidly changing
security environment with all kinds of natural and manmade threats around us,
the well being of family members is a major concern for all of us. To address
this growing need of family safety, Rapidsoft Systems announces the launch of
RapidProtect - a comprehensive mobile application suite geared to address the
safety and security needs of the families around the world. The application
is currently available on iPhone with Android, Blackberry, Brew and J2ME
applications to be released shortly.
Many families rely on the Rapid Protect application to help them stay
connected to their children or elderly family members wherever they go.
Moreover, there are many features available in this application which helps
parents to get a better sense of their children's whereabouts when they're
away. The applic... (more)
Graphical user interface (GUI) testing is a potentially problematic area
because constructing effective test cases is more difficult than the
corresponding application logic. The roadblocks to effective functional GUI
Traditional test coverage criteria like "80% coverage of the lines of code"
may not be sufficient to trap all the user interaction scenarios. End users
often use a different user task interaction model than the one conceived by
the development team.
Functional GUI testing needs to deal with GUI events as well as the effects
of the underlying application logic that results in changes to the data and
The common methods for functional GUI testing are the "record and execute"
script technique and writing test programs for different scenarios. In the
"record and execute," the test designer interacts with the GUI and all the
Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz has been reviewing Sun's three major strategic
imperatives, and the company's progress going in to its next fiscal year. As
industry blogs go, the three entries he's produced so far are miniature
masterpieces. A fourth and last one is on its way.
The first in the series, titled "Understanding Sun in Three Easy Steps,"
kicks off with the bright and breezy intro:
"We're approaching the end of our fiscal year, and given all the swirl in the
economy, I thought it worthwhile to restate where Sun's headed as a company,
to let customers, partners, employees and investors see and understand where
we're headed. Clarity's always useful, doubly so in times of uncertainty."
But it isn't long before Schwartz shows us how he's earned his reputation as
one of the industry's most insightful bloggers, with a natural ear for a
"I'm neither wo... (more)
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Most readers of this blog are probably well aware that a new version of the
Ubuntu Linux distribution is coming this week, and that it will be putting
code from the Open Source EUCALYPTUS Project to work in simplifying the
creation of private Clouds that look remarkably like Amazon’s EC2. You’ve
probably also read RightScale’s announcements with respect to Ubuntu, and
heard that Sun Microsystems were also making supportive noises about
EUCALYPTUS and the EC2 API before their recent change in circumstances.
Earlier today I spoke with Simon Wardley of Canonical (the commercial
organisation that sells support and consultancy for Ubuntu) to hear a little
more about what those downloading Ubuntu will get… and what it might mean
for the rapidly shifting Cloud landscape.
Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are
available on... (more)
Stephen Wolfram is giving at talk at Harvard about his WolframAlpha site,
which will launch in May. Aim: “Find a way to make computable the
systematic knowledge we’ve accumulated.”
The two big projects he’s worked on have made this possible. Mathematica
(he’s worked on it for 23 yrs) makes it possible to do complex math and
symbolic language manipulation. A New Kind of Science (NKS) has made it
possible that it’s possible to understand much about the world
computationally, often with very simple rules. So, WA uses NKS principles and
the Mathematica engine. He says he’s in this project for the long term.
NOTE: Live-blogging.Posted without re-reading
Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing
artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly.
Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. Yo... (more)
At JavaOne, Larry Ellison has made some very encouraging statements about
Oracle’s commitments to Java, JavaFX, and the mobile developer market. It
is certainly good news that Oracle (i.e., Larry) sees the significance of the
Java platform in its integrality. However, there are many misunderstandings
about the relationship between Java, JavaFX, and Android that even confuse
the new Java owner. Here are some clarifications.
1) JavaFX is NOT Java
Obviously, from a marketing standpoint, JavaFX is branded as Java; however,
technically JavaFX is a language by itself, which happens to be compiled into
Java bytecode and run on a Java VM. JavaFX is similar to Groovy or JRuby,
minus the dynamic part (see #2). For example, introspecting a JavaFX object
from Java requires some tricks since JavaFX Object/Class definitions do not
map directly to those of Java Object/Class. (Note: ... (more)
Memory Leaks and other memory related problems are among the most prominent
performance and scalability problems in Java. Reason enough to discuss this
topic in more detail.
The Java memory model- or more specifically the garbage collector – has
solved many memory problems. At the same time new ones have been created.
Especially in J EE Environments with a large number of parallel users, memory
is more and more becoming a critical ressource. In times with cheap memory
available, 64bit JVMs and modern garbage collection algorithms this might
sound strange at first sight.
So let us now take a closer look at Java memory problems. Problems can be
categorized into four: groups
Memory leaks in Java are created by referencing objects that are no longer
used. This easily happens when multiple references to objects exist and
developer forget to clear them, when the objec... (more)
As the clock ticks and the September 3 deadline nears, speculation is rising
that the European Commission may throw a spanner into the Oracle-Sun merger
and delay things another four months.
Reuters said late Tuesday that EC regulators were fretting over the
competitive implications of Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL and debating
whether to open a full-scale investigation.
If the EC decides to probe, the acquisition could get a pass, a fail or get
loaded down with conditions, dragging out any resolution until late December,
Further delays will give IBM and HP even more time than they’ve already had
to rustle Sun’s remaining hardware customers. They’ve been chasing them
since Oracle announced its intentions to buy Sun in April.
MySQL Journal on Ulitzer
Monty Widenius, the creator of the MySQL open source database – which is
apparently all that stands between Oracle and its acquisition of Sun –
thinks that Oracle shouldn’t have his baby and that the European Commission
– whose investigation into MySQL has put the Oracle-Sun merger in limbo –
should force Oracle to spit it out to another company.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a guy with a collector’s temperament not given to
letting things that belong to him go, has said he wants to keep MySQL and has
claimed to be watching Sun’s revenue plunge by $100 million a month while
he waits for the EC to finish its probe, a exercise that could take well into
MySQL isn’t supposed to be why Larry shocked everybody and offered $7.4
billion for poor down-on-its-heels Sun back on April 20. Sticking it to IBM
was probably something he relished and wi... (more)
Oracle Journal on Ulitzer
The European Commission is about to object formally to Oracle's
multibillion-dollar acquisition of Sun because Oracle is hanging tough and
refusing to make any concessions concerning the open source database MySQL, a
potential Oracle rival as the EC sees it, according to the Financial Times.
The paper says a statement of objection (SO) could be issued in the next few
days unless one side or the other blinks.
After the FT's story appeared an EC spokesman repeated the agency's position:
It's concerned about database market, Oracle isn't being constructive in
providing evidence the deal wasn't anti-competitive, the process continues.
So the EC neither confirmed nor denied the FT piece.
Oracle could be waiting to see exactly how the EC's articulates its concerns
either so it doesn't give away more than it has to or so it can take the EC
to cour... (more)
Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer
You have to know when to hold them, and when to fold them. That's the not
just slightly smug assessment by IBM executives as they reflect -- with
twinkles in their eyes -- on the months-stalled Oracle acquisition of Sun
Microsystems, a deal that IBM initially sought but then declined earlier this
Chatting over drinks at the end of day one of the Software Analyst Connect
2009 conference in Stamford, Conn., IBM Senior Vice President and IBM
Software Group Executive Steve Mills (pictured below) told me last night he
thinks the Oracle-Sun deal will go through, but it won't necessarily be worth
$9.50 a share to Oracle when it does.
"He (Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison) didn't understand the hardware business.
It's a very different business from software," said Mills.
Mills seemed very much at ease with IBM's late-date jilt of Sun (Sun wa... (more)