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Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

Oracle-Sun: Gartner Suspects EC of Ulterior Motives

Gartner database analyst Donald Feinberg [pictured below giving a recent webinar that's still available for online viewing] and his colleague George Weiss told Cnet that the only reason the European Commission is holding up the Oracle-Sun deal on the pretext of investigating Oracle’s intentions on MySQL is “political” and “protectionist” – as though the rest of us didn’t know that already. Feinberg says either the EC knows zip about open source – since the Maria DB MySQL fork would take over for MySQL if Oracle neglected it – or there’s “another agenda” – and introduces the specter of Oracle abandoning the deal, leaving Sun in the devastating lurch. And “Who would benefit?” he’s asked. Well, “All the hardware companies out there, including the European hardware companies.” He suspects that the EC is acting at the bidding of Oracle rivals like IBM and HP and to prot... (more)

RocksDB from Facebook By @JnanDash | @ThingsExpo #IoT

I attended a HIVE-sponsored Meetup yesterday evening titled, “Rocking the database world with RocksDB”. Since I had never heard of RocksDB, I was curious to learn how it is rocking the database world. Facebook built this key value store storage layer originally to use for MySQL (instead of InnoDB), as MySQL is used heavily at Facebook. They claim that was not the only motivation. Then in 2013, they decided to open source RocksDB. Last evening’s speaker in an earlier post on November, 2013 had said, “Storing and accessing hundreds of petabytes of data is a huge challenge, and we’re constantly improving and overhauling our tools to make this as fast and efficient as possible. Today, we are open-sourcing RocksDB, an embeddable, persistent key-value store for fast storage that we built and use here at Facebook.” RocksDB is also ideal for SSD (Flash store) and claims fas... (more)

How to upgrade Nola, the free accounting package for Linux

(LinuxWorld) -- The GPL'd business accounting package Nola that we have been working with is a project under development. In Part 15 of our series, we set up a Nola Web server using Red Hat 7.2, and Nola stable release 1.1.1 and if you followed along, and set up your own, perhaps you've been exploring the empty halls of your new online accounting department. If you did, you probably also know that Nola is now at stable release 1.1.2 and you may even be wondering why we didn't use that newer version to set up the system. After all, most articles and tutorials advise you to download the latest version of everything. Well, not here. Nola is still somewhat beta although some companies may find it satisfactory today. (You'll note that I am taking the coward's path in not declaring that Nola is, or is not ready for production deployment. Every company has unique needs and... (more)

SaaS - The Right Business Model for Open Source?

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” - R. Buckminster Fuller What does Software as a Service (SaaS) have to do with open source? Not much, you might think. SaaS, as you probably know, is a delivery- and business-model for software that has been proving quite disruptive to the traditional software business - just as the Open Source model has been. The two combined may turn out to be even more so. Internet Companies, Hosters, Telcos, Carriers, Service Data Centers and others, have been making money for more than a decade by providing services based on Open Source software. Unfortunately for the makers of such software - Linux, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Postfix, Sendmail – just to name a few - it didn’t help them to generate much revenues (sometimes,... (more)

Amazon Web Services Database in the Cloud

Amazon Cloud Journal Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today introduced Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), a new web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale relational databases in the cloud. Amazon RDS provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while automating time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing users to focus on their application and their business. As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no up-front investments required, and you pay only for the resources you use. Also announced today, AWS has lowered prices and introduced a new family of High-Memory instances for Amazon EC2. To get started using Amazon RDS, and other Amazon Web Services, visit http://aws.amazon.com. “For almost two years, many AWS customers have taken advantage of the simplicity, reliability, and seamless s... (more)

Adobe Flex Developer Earns $100K in New York City

Adobe AIR on Ulitzer CIO and CTO salaries will see a spike of 12.5% in 2010, according to research conducted by Bluewolf on salaries in the Tri-state region (New York, Conn. and New Jersey). Bluewolf is a global technology consulting firm and the preeminent source of salary data and statistics for IT professionals. Every year, Bluewolf issues its Bluewolf IT Salary Guide for Tri-state job seekers and employers, revealing its proprietary salary research. In 2010, CIO salaries will range from $175-200,000 in 2010, up from $149,000-175,000 in 2009. CTO salaries are predicted to range from $140,000-$175,000 in 2010 up from $120,000-$150,000 in 2009, according to Bluewolf's salary research. In addition to CIOs and CTOs, 2010 starting salaries for VPs of Information Technology are expected to increase from $110,000 to $125,000. "The increase in C-level salaries shows a ... (more)

Using Ext JS, Servlets, JSON, MySQL and Tomcat on Fedora

Java Developer Magazine on Ulitzer These days the popularity of Ext JS (a JavaScript library) is gaining momentum. One of the most popular widgets within Ext JS is the DataGrid. The reason - displaying data from a database is one of the most common tasks of a web application. "Out of the box" the DataGrid has functionality (for instance, ascending or descending sorting and reordering of columns by dragging it) that otherwise would require some effort from developers. Another attractive feature of the DataGrid is that it can use JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), which allows you to reduce traffic in comparison with full Swing HTML or XML formatting on the server. Examples from Ext JS site [1] and Ext JS books such as Learning Ext JS.Packt Publishing [2] are focused on PHP in conjunction with Ext JS. However, what if your organization already uses servlets for web a... (more)

Oracle Says ‘No Compromise’ on MySQL: Reuters

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer Oracle has told Reuters that the New York Post story Friday claiming it had offered the European Commission a deal on MySQL is a bunch of baloney. The Post, quoting two unidentified sources, said Oracle proposed to “quarantine” MySQL inside a combined Oracle-Sun to get the European Commission to approve its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun ahead of a hearing in Brussels Thursday. It said MySQL would be treated as a “separate entity” with a “firewall” between the open source database unit and the rest of Oracle and could even involve a separate board. A Post source said it was “the only way to get the deal done.” According to Reuters an Oracle spokeswoman said, “The New York Post article is completely untrue.” The Post said Oracle did not return its calls ahead of its running the story. Oracle has previously vowed to get the Sun acquisi... (more)

MySQL in the Cloud

MySQL is probably the most popular open source database. While there is a wealth of discussion online for MySQL database encryption,doing it right in a cloud computing environment is tricky. The discussion here is quite long, and contains a lot of interesting details. So if you want a spoiler: it is possible to achieve true confidentiality for your MySQL database today; using the industry best practice which is split-key encryption. Here’s why. Cloud encryption for MySQL – Setting your goals Before talking tech, it’s actually essential to understand what your goals are, and then how they relate to the technical solution for your MySQL database. Sometimes it is hard to get transparency when it comes to what goals are achievable with different techniques. The classic goals of any information security solution are “CIA”, meaning Confidentiality: your data cannot be rea... (more)

Ten Tips for MySQL Users

MySQL, just like other relational databases, is complicated. It can jam at any time jeopardizing your applications or business without notice. Most MySQL malfunctions are due to common mistakes. It is essential to avoid these mistakes, often hidden by configuration trap or workload, to ensure that MySQL server runs effectively. Here are 10 tips to ensure excellent performance of the MySQL server. Profile your workload Profiling the server's workload is the best way to know how the server spends time. This exposes the most exclusive questions for tuning. Time is very essential here as one considers how quickly the server completes a request when a query is issued it. Similar queries are grouped by these tools together in a row in order to distinguish slow and fast queries. Understand the fundamental resources A database server requires four important resources to func... (more)