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Daily Dose: VMware Launches Cloud Foundry

04.13.2011
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VMware's SpringSource has just released what they are calling the first open source PaaS.  With Cloud Foundry, developers can choose their framework, app services, and can run their creations on a variety of cloud environments.   Cloud Foundry has connectors for three backends: MySQL, Redis, and MongoDB.  They can also choose between a private, public, or hybrid environment for their platform launch.  The project has been in beta for many months, so the site still says 'beta' but you should be able to access the GA version here.  

The Next Generation of Internet Explorer: IE10 Platform Preview

Although Microsoft only recently released the final version of Internet Explorer (IE) 9, a platform preview of IE10 has been released for download today.  While work on the actual IE10 browser is nowhere near completion, the platform preview showcases Microsoft's dedication to creating a native HTML5 environment.  IE developers are designing IE10 in an effort to build upon the progress made in IE9.  To do this, they continue to improve HTML5 functionality and to avoid adding unnecessary layers and libraries.  This early look at IE10 arrives only three weeks after work had officially begun on the new browser.

Oracle Updates MySQL to Version 5.6

The widely-popular open source database management system, MySQL, has been updated to provide even faster access to large datasets.  In MySQL Version 5.6, the number of input/output operations to the main table has been reduced. Another feature, improved replication, will reduce data wastage.  A special, experimental feature allows developers to access MySQL's core storage from non-relational databases.  The full details of the new release are on the MySQL site.

Pentaho Releases Version 1.0 of olap4j

olap4j, an open-source Java API designed for use with Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) servers, enhances interoperability across technologies. In contrast to the standard, proprietary OLAP APIs, olap4j 1.0 will work with any OLAP server on the market.  Input from several open-source communities was incorporated into the final design of olap4j 1.0.  A list of the contributing communities can be found on the Pentaho site.

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