Developers Updates Week 3 of Jan 2013

In nutshell:
  • Cradle Fund making strategy for expansion
  • hybris leveraging on strategy to help ISV make more money 
  • Engineer googlers teach non-engineers programming 
  • Nokia partners with MDeC to promote Windows 8 mobile application activities 
  • NoSQL database was supposed to be a database for dummy. Oracle made it enterprise and meant for business-critical application supporting real time big data processing, enables fast no-frills deployments - it is free!
  • Intel releases beta open source software, called GraphBuilder, to help data scientists in industry and academia to rapidly develop new applications that draw insights from Big Data. 
  • Progress Software Corporation announces new releases of database connector for developers to leverage on big data and cloud.

Jan 18, 2013 - Malaysian business angels under a single umbrella

Malaysian Ministry of Finance agency Cradle Fund has launched the Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN) to encourage the growth of accredited angel investors in Malaysia with education and training support.

"MBAN is an umbrella body that functions like a trade organisation, driving regional and international linkages between angel investors," said Nazrin. "It formalises and coalesces angel investment in Malaysia - currently informal and somewhat unstandardised."

The setup hopes to recruit more investors and increase investment values to help bridge the early stage investment gap.

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Jan 18, 2013 - The shelf life of IT pros: A response

This article posted by Digital News Asia is interesting. It talks about the dilemmas of ICT professionals in Malaysia.

The conclusion is that maintaining a career as software engineer is not easy especially in Malaysia due to several reasons such as technology drift, lower pay and cultural differences - no one really care if you are an open source advocate right ? They just want it cheap.

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Jan 17, 2013 - hybris Announces Major Additions and Enhancements to its hybris Extend ISV Partner Program

hybris Extend is an online integration marketplace giving customers access to best-of-breed applications, extensions and network services developed by hybris partners, all of which are optimized to work with the hybris OmniCommerce platform.

In other words, developers can now build e-commerce applications leveraging on the hybris OmniCommerce platform and the sell it from hybris Extend.

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Jan 11,2013 - Windows Phone 8 platform to drive mobile app content: MDeC

MSC Malaysia 'ICON' (Integrated Content Development) programme aspires to help up to 100 ICON developers learn about the Windows Phone 8 platform and build a knowledge base for technical expertise.

In addition to the training, Nokia will offer its Nokia Premium Developer Program (NPDP), a quick start-up programme that provides developers with the right tools and services, as well as introduce new monetisation and analytics capabilities including Nokia Ad Exchange.

The ICON and Nokia collaboration announcement was held in conjunction with a roadshow to launch the latest Nokia Lumia 620.

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Jan 7, 2013 - g2g (Googlers-to-Googlers) program teaches programming to non-engineers at Google

Google's g2g program encourages googlers to share knowledge with other googlers, such as engineers teaching programming to non-engineers and vice versa.

Such initiative reaps many benefits and is the fundamental building block for human development of an organisation.

Personally, I reckon this as a best practice for every organisations to follow.

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Dec 17, 2012 - Oracle Unveils Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0

Oracle announced the release of Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0, a highly scalable, low latency, key-value database for real-time big data workloads.

Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0 adds efficient support for storage and retrieval of large objects such as documents and images, as well as dynamic elasticity and automatic rebalancing for allocating storage and compute resources in response to changing production data processing requirements.

Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0 is an enterprise grade, key-value database with flexible transaction models. It enables customers to easily manage high velocity transactional data generated by web-based applications, social media, sensors, smart meters and communications services.

The best part is that it is free, download now.

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Dec 6, 2012 - GraphBuilder Open Source Code Release

Intel released beta open source software, called GraphBuilder, to help data scientists in industry and academia to rapidly develop new applications that draw insights from Big Data. Developed by Intel Labs, GraphBuilder is the first scalable open source library to take large data sets and construct them into “Graphs,” web-like structures that outline relationships among data. GraphBuilder is available for download at Apache 2 license. For additional details check out the GraphBuilder blog or whitepaper.

Nov 20, 2012 - Enhanced Progress® DataDirect Connect® and DataDirect Connect XE for JDBC Boast Performance Gains and Cloud Connection

Progress Software Corporation, a global software company that simplifies and enables the development and deployment of business applications, announced the release of DataDirect Connect® for JDBC 5.1 and DataDirect Connect® XE for JDBC 5.1. Both offerings enable fast, secure, and highly scalable connectivity for a broad spectrum of data sources, which now include cloud databases such as Microsoft SQL Azure™, IBM DB2 10.1, IBM DB2 pureScale 9.8, and Microsoft SQL Server 2012. This type of connectivity exemplifies Progress Software’s goal to help companies better access their data whether on premise, or in the cloud.

Developers worldwide depend on DataDirect products to connect their applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using standards-based interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC and ADO.NET, XQuery and SOAP. More than 300 leading independent software vendors and thousands of enterprises rely on Progress Software to simplify and streamline data connectivity for distributed systems and to reduce the complexity of mainframe integration.

These new releases supports cloud.

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