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Sun: Fresh Java, Communities for JavaOne in '07

The Java platform and communities have been for quite a ride the last 12 months: Updates for Java, support for Open Source dynamic scripting, growing mojo for AJAX and Web 2.0 apps -- and even Open Sourcing of Java. As we begin JavaOne 2007, IDN talks to Jean Elliott, Senior Director of Sun's Java Software Product Marketing, about the new face of Java and its communities.

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Sun, Microsoft Seek to Embrace Dynamic Scripting

Microsoft and Sun, in two separate initiatives, are reaching out to the dynamic scripting language communities, including popular Open Source options PHP, Perl, Python and Ruby to improve the native support for such technologies in .NET and Java. IDN talks with the men behind both initiatives, and finds out how such support could speed prototyping, web services development and integration for .NET and Java.

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Fujitsu Pushes COBOL Support for Web Services

Fujitsu wants to bring better support for COBOL to the Eclipse IDE with plug-in modules for writing, editing and debugging COBOL to the Open Source framework. To date, Eclipse has focused on Java and C/C++. The decision to include COBOL in Eclipse follows Fujitsu's work earlier this year to bring COBOL support to Microsoft's .NET framework and Linux platforms.

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From VB 6 to VB .NET: The Right Move? - Part I

Many developers may be on the fence about beginning to invest in .NET training and tools. They reasonably ask about the benefits they'll get from moving to .NET. Hear 4 straight-talk reasons why developers at Greystone Solutions say the benefits of using VB.NET outweigh the learning curve.

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