Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Intertech Podcasts

If you're a software developer (Java and .NET in particular) person, my company (Intertech, Inc.) has a free series of Intertech Oxygen Blast Podcasts. These presentations cover .NET, Java, and Open Source technologies. Check 'em out!

Look for Podcasts and Youtube presentations on my JavaFX talk soon.

DevX articles

Check out my two April articles on DevX.com.

The first on the introduction of JavaFX Mobile: http://www.devx.com/Java/Article/41395
The second is on the new (and consolidated) JavaME SDK 3.0: http://www.devx.com/Java/Article/41505

Oracle buys Sun

While IBM was in the news, Oracle made the news with regard to a merger with Sun. Oracle announced April 20th that they have entered into an agreement to purchase Sun Microsystems (see Oracle Press Release) . If all goes well, the acquisition is expected to be accomplished by this summer (2009).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

IBM and Sun - NOT

For now, it appears that the IBM/Sun merger is dead. Read all about the reasons why the deal - at least for now- has failed at Bloomberg.com. So what's next for Sun? Jack Schofield offers up some opinions at
the Guardian UK.

Free Training Event

If you live in Minneapolis/St. Paul and are looking for some great free learning, consider attending Intertech's Oxygen Blast event at Microsoft. This free two seminar is titled “A Programmer's Introduction to Expression Blend” and is delivered by fellow Intertech instructor and best-selling .NET author .NET author Andrew Troelsen.
Here’s more info:

Date: 5/26/2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location: Held at Microsoft Corporation, Bloomington, MN

Description: If you are creating WPF or Silverlight applications, you have most certainly wondered about Expression Blend. While it is true that this tool is geared towards graphical artists, software engineers can also use this tool to simplify their XAML creation efforts. In this talk, attendees learn the mechanics of working with Blend to author a UI, create animations, generate application resources, and establish data binding operations. During the process, numerous bits of XAML are clarified. No artistic experience required.

To register: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=135487