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30 Jun 2010
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New Open Source Connector to Link Oracle and Hadoop [23264]
Will Allow Bidirectional Data Transfer Between Cloudera's Distribution for Hadoop to Oracle Databases

Quest Software and Cloudera announced plans to develop an Oracle connector for Apache Hadoop. This connector will link the Hadoop data management platform to Oracle databases. The bidirectional data transfer between Hadoop, which serves as a large-scale storage and computation engine, to relational data in Oracle databases is expected to be done by a free Quest utility currently code-named "Ora-Oop".
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22 Jun 2010
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OpenDS 2.3.0-build003 Now Available [23242]
Free LDAPv3 Compliant Directory Server Written Entirely in Java

The OpenDS Directory Server offers a fully featured LDAPv3 compliant directory server with multi-master replication, advance command line interface, graphical user interface and much more. The open source project recently released OpenDS 2.3.0-build003. Visit the promoted build page and the Changelog for the latest on this release. More general information on OpenDS is available from its home and wiki pages.
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15 Jun 2010
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New Release of the ODFDOM - the OpenDocument API [23206]
Easy Lightwork Programming API Portable to Any Object-oriented Language

ODFDOM is a free OpenDocument Format (ODF) library. Its purpose is to provide an easy common way to create, access and manipulate ODF files, without requiring detailed knowledge of the ODF specification. It is designed to provide the ODF developer community with an easy lightwork programming API portable to any object-oriented language. A new version of ODFDOM was released this month. ODFDOM 0.8.5 of the Java implementation provides more than a dozen patches/bug fixes and two new features.
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11 Jun 2010
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A Look at OpenESB from the Standpoint of Development, Administration, and Management [23176]
Includes References to Similarities with GlassFish ESB

In his article "OpenESB: the JBI Implementation" Massoud Kalali discusses both the new features and the basic classes one needs to work with in order to accomplish file system operations like copying a file, dealing with symbolic links, and deleting a file.
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09 Jun 2010
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Open-source R Interface Available for Oracle Data Mining [23192]
Access Oracle Data Mining's In-database Functions Using the R Syntax

The open source 'R' programming language is now available as a user interface for Oracle Data Mining (ODM) software. According to the ODM blog, the R interface will assist the many statisticians and data analysts who work with R but are unfamiliar with the Oracle database environment or PL/SQL to use ODM's in-database functions easily.
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28 May 2010
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Considerations for Organizations Looking Toward Open Source [23138]
Pondering Points Should Include Costs, Flexibility, Licensing, and Support

Open-source software "has transformed over the last decade from this unknown, risky thing that hippies and garage developers do, to the basis for a market in the billions of dollars," says Jay Lyman, an analyst at The 451 Group, as reported by Mary Brandel in a ComputerWorld article that identifies what it terms are the "hidden snags" of this growing segment in the IT industry.
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