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DZone Daily Dose - 2009/12/15

12.14.2009
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Sun Microsystems' stock value shot up today after months of decline.  The reason behind the 10% jump was a statement of commitments recently posted by Oracle.  In a nutshell, the statement says that Oracle will maintain MySQL and keep its APIs public upon acquisition.  The EU responded warmly to this statement with a press release voicing their optimism that the differences with Oracle can be settled.  Investors are now looking kindly upon Sun with the possibility of EU clearance very soon in the Oracle acquisition.

Google and five other telecom companies are planning to spend $400 million on an undersea pipeline.  The Southeast Asia Japan Cable (SJC) will connect southeast Asia to the fastest undersea fiber-optic cable in the world.  It's the second major undersea telecom project that Google has spearheaded.  When finished, the SJC will provide the fasted telecom connection in the world.  The project is part of Google's investment to grow internet usage in Asia, where over 738 million people already use the internet.

The stealth startup, Relaxed, recently raised $2 million from Redpoint Ventures.  The startup, which is centered around Apache CouchDB, may try to expand CouchDB adoption by enterprises with the funds.  CouchDB is still in the early stages at version 0.10, but it is already being used by high-profile projects such as Mozilla Raindrop and Ubuntu.

The 4th milestone of Eclipse 3.6 was recently announcedEclipse 3.6 M4 now includes Virtual Folders that only exist in the workspace.  They are not backed by any directory in your filesystem.  More flexible project structures are possible because the virtual folders bring together links and files spread throughout the filesystem.  The milestone also includes UI improvements, right-to-left text support for Cocoa, a new layout API, JUnit4 support, and the addition of -consoleLog to the new default launch configuration arguments.

The top link on DZone for the last 24 hours is "Gradle - a powerful build system."  The post is an introduction to using Gradle and a comparison to its competitors, Ant and Maven.