The next release of Eclipse, codenamed "Helios" (the Greek god of the Sun, for those of you who don't know), will run with OpenJDK 7 on Mac OS X. David Green, an Eclipse developer, explains that the new feature in Eclipse 3.6 will free developers from the historically slow release increments for the JVM on Macs. There was a workaround for running Eclipse 3.5 with OpenJDK7 on Macs, but Eclipse project developers wanted to integrate this function into the next release. This will hopefully prevent long waits like the one in 2008 when Apple finally released Java 6 after Sun had released it a year and a half before.
The blog contains instructions for obtaining an integration build of Eclipse 3.6.
JBoss Founder Calls out Monty
Marc Fleury, the founder of JBoss, blasted Monty Widenius' "Save MySQL" campaign in his latest blog post. "IT WAS SOLD! IT'S OVER! At least for the corporate part," exclaimed Fleury in reference to the previous sale of MySQL to Sun. He also took the chance to pick on "ponytail boy" Johnathan Scwhartz for saying that MySQL would never "do a JBoss" and be sold to a commercial entity. Fleury believes that Widenius' efforts to delay and block the acquisition only hurt Sun and its employees. The thing that really makes him angry is the negative influence this fiasco will have on other companies that might be interested in buying open source entities.
iPhone Making Bing the Default Search Engine?
Apple is allegedly working on a deal with Microsoft to add Bing and make it the default search engine on the iPhone, says Business Week. The might only make a tiny dent in Google's market share and it could potentially hurt Apple. Users would still be able to manually switch back to Google, but the move would certainly help Microsoft. Some speculate that the alleged deal makes sense in the wake of Google and Apple's battle over the Google Voice iPhone app that got blocked from the App Store.
Rockin' New Firebug 1.5
For six months, the next version of Firebug (a web development tool for Firefox) has been marinating. Now the 1.5 version is ready to be unleashed for the upcoming Firefox 3.6. The Net panel has been expanded and features more accurate timing measurements. The HTML panel now supports SVG and MathML editing. The CSS panel has better handling for duplicate style sheets. Finally, the Console and Command Line Panels include a persist button for retaining previous console output on-demand. They also include graphical breakpoint support throughout Firebug including XHR breakpoints. Firebug now supports 32 languages.
When Will Java Web Start be Production Quality?
After being available for awhile now, Java Web Services still isn't production quality. Some critical bugs have been fixed, but you'll have to wait and see if update 18 finally reaches the production quality threshold.