Monthly Archives: September 2006

Subclipse 1.1.6 is now available for download.

As with previous 1.1.x releases, this release is only available for
Eclipse 3.2/Callisto users. Details on these releases can be found on our

web site here:

http://subclipse.tigris.org/callisto.html

The changelog can be found here:

http://subclipse.tigris.org/subclipse_1.2.x/changes.html

Details of this release are reproduced below. There are a lot of changes
in this release, hopefully all for the better! This release does NOT
include the binaries for Subversion 1.4, but it does include the 1.4
version of the JavaHL JAR file as well as the code necessary to load BDB
4.4 on Windows. So you should just have to drop in the 1.4 binaries to
use them. On platforms other than Windows, you just install the 1.3 or
1.4 binaries at your own choosing. We will likely do a 1.1.7 release as
soon as JavaSVN support for 1.4 is available.

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Hibernate can meet your validation needs

Annotations make easier data validation possible
This looks like a great way to perform validation with Hibernate.

Take a look:

http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/java/library/j-hibval.html

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Subversion Quick Reference

This is worth a look for SVN newbies… :)

http://www.johnnysthoughts.com/subversion-quick-reference/

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Well I guess we have made it to the big leagues: sakaiproject.com

It looks like we should have registered the .com domain too! :P

http://www.sakaiproject.com/

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Open Source App Connects Professors, Students

Rutgers used to use WebCT, a similar piece of course-management software, until a new version of WebCT was developed. The university considered this too expensive, however, hence the switch to Sakai, said University Director for the Office of Instructional and Research Technology

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/fRQgW2iLs5upNi/Open-Source-App-Connects-Professors-Students.xhtml

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Event review: Sakai day Europe

Hello world, Sakai a well-known learning management system and framework for tool building has had its first European Congress in the beautiful town of Lübeck in Germany. A relatively small campus town Leubeck is well known for its churches and marzipan and related confectionary…

Sakai itself is a robust highly scalable Learning platform written in Java. Being educationally orientated and open source its license is Apache-like and allows for good relationships with partners that are more commercial. If you have itchy fingers and are interested in instant contact with the product, you could download an archive file, unpack and just run locally. No configuration or other changes are required. Log in on http://localhost:8080 as admin, admin now you are the boss.

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/articles/event_review_sakai_day_europe

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Rutgers: Software manages classes

The University used to use WebCT, a similar piece of software. The company that produced it was then bought by a company that makes a similar piece of software, Blackboard, and a new version of WebCT was developed that the Rutgers considered too expenseive, hense the switch to Sakai, said Charles Hedrick, University Director for the Office of Instructional and Research Technology.

WebCT is expected to be phased out of use in 2007.

http://media.www.dailytargum.com/media/storage/paper168/news/2006/09/11/University/Software.Manages.Classes-2264560.shtml?sourcedomain=www.dailytargum.com&MIIHost=media.collegepublisher.com

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A fight over online learning

Education-software firm’s patent upsets rivals and schools.

Blackboard’s claims are “incredibly obvious,” said Michael Feldstein, assistant director of the State University of New York’s online learning network and one of the bloggers who has criticized the company.

The company’s patent suggests “that they invented e-learning,” said Alfred Essa, associate vice chancellor and chief information officer of the Minnesota state college and university system.

Why are universities concerned? Many use off-the-shelf systems sold by Blackboard already. But others use those from rival companies like Desire2Learn, or mix and match to meet their own needs. Because universities are decentralized and have such varied systems, one size rarely fits all, Feldstein said. Many borrow from open-source courseware programs with names like “Moodle” and “the Sakai Project.”

Small, Blackboard’s general counsel, denies that the company is claiming to own the very idea of e-learning. He says Blackboard is focussed on commercial providers and has no intention of going after universities – its customers, after all – in court to collect royalties.

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/business/15426608.htm

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CT: Industry Briefs

SUPPORTING OPEN SOURCE. IBM has donated eLearning software code and expertise to the Sakai Project. Developed exclusively for Sakai, the donated code enables the tracking of learning content and help support universities that adopt IBM’s collaboration and learning environment. IBM has also teamed up with Kuali Financial System founding partner rSmart to support Kuali as a commercial affiliate, providing development and customer support for Kuali software.

http://www.campus-technology.com/article.asp?id=19090

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Microsoft VP objects to “open” language in education report

The Commission on the Future of Higher Education was formed last fall to draft a report that would shape US government spending priorities for academia. The Commission’s work is now nearly done after an August 10 meeting in which all but one of the members signed off on a draft of the report. Unfortunately, at least one of the Commission members who voted for the report had not actually read it. When she did eventually read it, she had objections to a paragraph that mentioned “open source,” according to Inside Higher Ed, which has been following the story.

The member, Gerri Elliott, is Microsoft’s Public Sector VP, which means that she oversees more than 1,000 salespeople who target government, healthcare, and education markets. According to her bio, she has a “passion for delivering business value.” Business value is not passionately delivered by writing statements endorsing open source software into government reports, though, and so Elliott issued an objection by e-mail after the vote had already been taken (Elliott tells Inside Higher Ed that she has never advocated any particular platform or software and that she does not represent Microsoft while working on the Commission).

The objectionable paragraph, found on page 24 of the report, reads: “The Commission encourages the creation of incentives to promote the development of open-source and open-content projects at universities and colleges across the United States, enabling the open sharing of educational materials from a variety of institutions, disciplines, and educational perspectives. Such a portal could stimulate innovation, and serve as the leading resource for teaching and learning. New initiatives such as OpenCourseWare, the Open Learning Initiative, the Sakai Project, and the Google Book project hold out the potential of providing universal access both to general knowledge and to higher education.”

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060901-7642.html

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