Pie in the Sky (October 14, 2011)

LOTS of very exciting news this week! As you will see from the first few links, Microsoft has announced that it is working on Hadoop for Winodws Server and Windows Azure, AND it is working on a SQL Server ODBC driver for Linux. Those are two big steps toward support for Open Source technologies and interoperability with Microsoft technologies. But don’t be blinded by those announcements…there is lots of other good reading in this week’s list…including more news coming out of this week’s SQL PASS Community Summit, a couple of Node.js tutorials, and a look at a Ruby framework.

  • Microsoft, Hadoop and Big Data: Gianugo Rabellino, Sr. Director of Open Source Communities at Microsoft, announced "...we are adopting Hadoop by announcing plans to deliver enterprise class Apache Hadoop based distributions on both Windows Server and Windows Azure." Yeah!
  • Creative Software Consultancy Uses Cloud Operating System for Twitter Push Alerts: "United Kingdom (U.K.) creative software consultancy Red Badger wanted to provide push notifications to users of its Birdsong for Windows Phone Twitter client. Birdsong is a popular social networking application on Windows Phone 7, used in 32 countries. Windows Azure provides a low maintenance platform as a service (PaaS) infrastructure for Birdsong, so Red Badger can scale up to meet demand as its user base grows, without requiring additional capital investment."
  • http://rhomobile.com/products/rhodes/: "Rhodes is an open source Ruby-based framework to rapidly build native apps for all major smartphone operating systems (iPhone, Android, RIM, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7)."

Have a great weekend.


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