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InformationWeek Daily - Monday, March 23, 2009
Google's Summer Of Code '09: FOSS, The Next Generation
Despite the negative press Google gets from time to time, they do more things right than wrong. One of the things they do right every year is their Summer of Code initiative, where they offer stipends to students who want to contribute code to some of the best and brightest open source projects out there. It's a happy collaboration, and one worth doing outside of Google's aegis.
This year's list of projects accepted into GSOC '09 is up, and a great many of the names there should be household-familiar: Apache, Asterisk, Debian, Eclipse, MySQL, and Google itself. The quality of the mentoring can vary from project to project, but the basic idea -- get people exposed to writing code for open source projects in a managed way -- is terrific.
I see mentoring programs like GSOC becoming more important as time goes on -- not just to encourage participation in a given project, but to provide young programmers with a sense of what it's like to work with an open source project in the first place. It's a markedly different environment (and process) than working for a proprietary software outfit, and the more opportunities there are to get exposed to that feeling, the better. That way the whole OSS development cycle doesn't seem as peculiar -- in much the same way any cultural exchange program is meant to give people on-the-ground exposure to things that would otherwise look forbidding.
The idea of "code mentoring" in general could use some broader adoption. It's great that Google does it, but why wait for them to say yes to you when you could do something of the same thing independently?
It's almost enough to make me wish I was a student again. Almost. That horrible excuse for cafeteria pizza nearly killed me. But it was cheap!
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New Resources from the "Business Process Management for SOA" Site:
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-IBM rolls out 'Event Processing' Roadmap: Goes after Business Agility
-A Retailer's Transformation using SOA
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Listen To A Conversation About Battlefield Robots With:"Wired For War" Author P.W. Singer
P.W. Singer, author of the book Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, inspires wonder and fear about real-life advances in robotic technology. Thousands of unmanned drones and ground-based robots have become an essential part of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, changing the nature of war and what combat means to our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women.
Sun As An Independent Business Unit Of IBM
If IBM acquires Sun, and that prospect becomes increasingly likely with each day that passes without a denial, here's one thing it should consider doing : it should keep Sun intact and operate it as an independent business unit, much like EMC did with VMware.
TomTom Needs To Answer Microsoft's Linux Charges
TomTom, a Dutch manufacturer of in-car navigation systems, has countersued Microsoft in a legal spat that could ultimately have implications for tech vendors' ability to freely use the open source Linux OS, or parts of it, without first paying a toll to Redmond.
AT&T To Offer Nokia's E71 Six Months Too Late
Reports suggest that AT&T is nearly ready to begin offering the Nokia E71 smartphone. The E71 has been on sale since last summer in other markets. With the E55 and E75 on deck, why bother with the E71 at all?
In Consolidating IT Industry, All Bets Are Off
Polite vendor execs used to call it "coopetition"--the state of tech industry affairs whereby the fiercest of rivals could be the chummiest of partners depending on the circumstances and the market they're chasing. A more up-to-date and colloquial description of this industry dynamic might be: All bets are off. Some recent evidence:
Plug Those Leaks
There's a spirited discussion going on among our technology editors over data loss prevention (DLP) technologies. Is DLP the new NAC? Sure, it's expensive, but could this keep data from walking out on thumb drives? Could we finally put a lid on the insider threat?
No Wonder Ericsson Wants Out: Sony Ericsson Issues Major Profit Warning
Sony Ericsson may have some exciting phones in its roster of devices, but that's apparently not enough to convince consumers to buy. Today, Sony Ericsson warned that it might, might, sell half as many phones this quarter as it did last quarter. With sales that bad, who can blame Ericsson for wanting to erase its name from Sony Ericsson.
Should Facebook Be Your Company's Intranet?
On the face of it, that question may seem ridiculous. But for at least one midsize company, the answer already is "Yes!" Take a peek at the benefits -- and the risks -- raised by Serena Software's bold social-networking experiment.
Forrester Consulting: Unified Communications Delivers Global Benefits This Forrester Consulting study shows how Unified Communications (UC) makes it simpler to contact others over any device in any location, enhancing business agility, cutting costs, and boosting employee productivity. Forrester finds that UC is already delivering major savings for organizations around the world in retail banking, manufacturing and education. Download the full report for free.
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