Google Code – Summer of Code – Summer of Code

This is a very cool program, SAP should be involved in this…

Google Code – Summer of Code – Summer of Code:

Summer of Code 2006 is a program that offers student developers stipends to create new open source programs or to help currently established projects. Google will be working with a variety of open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several hundred projects over a three-month period. The inaugural instance of the program, which took place last summer, brought together 400 students and 40 mentoring organizations from 49 countries. We’d like to include even more organizations and participants this year.

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SOA Versus Web 2.0?

Talk about timing, I wrote yesterday that SOA is dead and today on Memorandum I see a post from John Hagel from a few days ago examining the web 2.0 vs. SOA debate that is quietly raging on. As a bonus, John mentions my web 2.0 wiki in the post. This is my new “thing” because I think it’s one of the single most important debates to be having in enterprise software, SOA isn’t an application for end users and web 2.0 is a hell of a lot more than mashups.

As I indicated in my previous posting, a cultural chasm separates these two technology communities, despite the fact that they both rely heavily on the same foundational standard – XML. The evangelists for SOA tend to dismiss Web 2.0 technologies as light-weight “toys” not suitable for the “real” work of enterprises. The champions of Web 2.0 technologies, on the other hand, make fun of the “bloated” standards and architectural drawings generated by enterprise architects, skeptically asking whether SOAs will ever do real work.

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SketchUp is free, free at last

Back in March it was announced that Google had acquired my favorite design program, Sketchup. I humbly suggested that they should offer it for free, guess someone was listening because that’s just what they did (like it was hard to predict). What’s different about this for Google is that Sketchup is a full blown desktop application that you download, it will be interesting to see what approach Google takes for end user support.

To clarify the license, only personal usage is free, if you are using Sketchup commercially then you are still on the hook for the $500 license fee.

SketchUp – Download:

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