Eclipse 3.2 now available

Eclipse 3.2 was released last week, along with a whole collection of developer tools and utilities, bundled together in a release called ‘Callisto’. has a brief overview of some of the new features in the core Eclipse tool (the article doesn’t cover any of the additional IDE add-ons included in the Callisto bundle). The article covers some interesting history behind Eclipse and it’s origins, and highlights a couple of new features that make life easier for developers using Eclipse.

RedHat sued for JBoss Hibernate ORM technology

Firestar software are suing RedHat, the owner of JBoss and the Hibernate ORM technology, for infringing on it’s patent regarding Object Relational Mapping technology.

Analysts are speculating why they chose to single out RedHat, and why this point in time – ORM solutions have been around for a number of years. They could have chosen to go after Oracle for Toplink, a ORM solution they acquired from WebGain, or any one of a number of implementations of the now standardized JSR220 EJB3.0 Java Persistence API, which is based on Hibernate.

Sun CEO Schwartz to reveal how much it makes from Java

CEO of Sun Microsystems, Jonathan Schwartz, has stated that he will soon reveal how much Sun makes from selling Java related services. It has long been thought that Sun has missed a golden oportunity with Java for making some serious cash, and assumed by giving away Java for free it makes money from companies buying it’s hardware on which they run Java based systems. Schwartz did not give a date but will reveal the information soon.

Another exec leaves Microsoft for Google

At this rate within a couple more years Balmer won’t have any execs left working for him at Microsoft – another one just left to join, you guessed it, Google.

Vic Gundotra, a 15 year veteran and ‘platform evangelist’ has left Microsoft to join Google. Gundotra is the second senior exec to leave in the last month – Martin Taylor, who had been working closely with Balmer and with the company for 13 years, was responsible for promoting the Windows Live platform (Microsoft’s online hosted app service, still a work in progress) and marketing Microsoft to beat the pressure from Google.