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Sakai 3 Basic LTI Widget Passing Certification Tests

A quick blog post demonstrating Sakai 3’s new Basic LTI consumer passing the LTI certification test suite. You will get to see the first look at the new Sakai 3 widget but more importantly, you will see it passing 100% of the certification tests! This is a prelude to the screencast where the use of the BLTI widget will be used to expose Sakai 2 tools onto Sakai 3 pages as widgets. Stay tuned…

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iPhone found ready for enterprise, better than BlackBerry

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/04/13/iphone_found_ready_for_enterprise_better_than_blackberry.html

In a report issued last week, Ted Schadler of Forrester Research has presented an about-face for the research group’s attitude towards iPhones that recommends businesses consider the devices for their network and that many users are genuinely more interested in accessing work content on an iPhone than on corporate mainstays using Microsoft or Research in Motion software. Using the web is a “chore” on a BlackBerry but intuitive on an iPhone, Schadler writes, and many workers are ultimately happier when they can pick their phones instead of having that choice dictated by IT.

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/21/open_source_projects_08/

C overwhelmingly proved the most popular programming language for thousands of new open-source projects in 2008, according to license tracker Black Duck Software.

The company, which monitors 180,000 projects on nearly 4,000 sites, said almost half – 47 per cent – of new projects last year used C. Black Duck said 17,000 new open-source projects were created in total. Next in popularity after C came Java, with 28 per cent.

In scripting, JavaScript came top with 20 per cent, followed by Perl on 18 per cent.

PHP attracted just 11 per cent and Ruby six per cent. The numbers are a surprise as open-source PHP has proved popular as a web-site development language, while Ruby’s been a hot topic for many.

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Internet Explorer 8 passes Acid2 Face test…

While I am very skeptical of MS pursuing standards compliance in Internet Explorer, it does look like there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. According to the MSDN IEBlog, early builds of IE8 are passing the Acid2 Face test.
 
 
I have attached some images for reference that show how other competing browsers render the Acid2 Face test. If this does indeed pan out, then maybe – just maybe – future web development will be a little less painful.

Safari 3.0.4Firefox 3.0b2Firefox 2.0.0.11

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Interesting Educational Gaming Interview with Heather Chaplin

http://www.gametheoryshow.com/index.php?post_id=231847

Journalist Heather Chaplin joins us to talk about how teaching kids game design can prepare them for the modern world of vast systems, so much more beneficially than old fashioned methods.

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Google Gears enables offline web applications

Being able to author content and interact with the learning management system has been a long time wish of instructors. It will be interesting to see if technologies like Google Gears will enable Sakai to provide this feature.

Google is rolling out a technology designed to overcome the major drawback faced by all web-based applications: the fact that they don’t work without an internet connection.

Google Gears is an open source technology for creating offline web applications that is being launched today at Google’s annual Developer Day gatherings around the world.

“With Google Gears, we’re tackling the key limitation of the browser in order to make it a stronger platform for deploying all types of applications and enabling a better user experience,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in a statement.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/biztech/gears-puts-google-in-the-drivers-seat/2007/05/31/1180205350391.html?page=fullpage

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Popfly?

Given concerns around how Sakai will remain competitive among a new breed of Web 2.0 offerings, I suggest you take a look at Microsoft’s new Popfly. I am not suggesting this is the answer. But I do anticipate this will be one of a new set of tools for creating user generated content/mashups. Popfly is based on Silverlight, so the underlying technology is in a race of its own with Apollo and Java FX. It will be fun to see where this all heads…

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2007 Open Source Think Tank: The Future of Commercial Open Source

In March of this year, representatives from more than 100 software companies met to discuss the state of open-source software. Their conclusions are described in a 16-page report, “2007 Open Source Think Tank: The Future of Commercial Open Source,” which is free to download (PDF).The Open Source Think Tank report contains some surprising conclusions. For instance, participants noted a growing similarity in methods between open-source and proprietary software development. They predicted some kind of convergence, where the best of both approaches gets adopted in each camp.

The idea of convergence seems counterintuitive. For instance, at last year’s Open Source Think Tank meeting, participants were expecting open-source software to achieve greater predominance. However, licensing and support issues have slowed the adoption of open-source solutions at the enterprise level. At the same time, proprietary software developers can’t match the pace and scope of open-source development efforts.

Open source suffers from monetization problems, unlike the proprietary software industry. However, open source is superior to the proprietary approach by its community involvement and rapid development cycle times. The hybrid approach thus represents the “best of both worlds,” according to the report.

Source: http://adtmag.com/article.aspx?id=20631

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Fun Google Maps Humor

If you ask Google Maps to plot a course from New York to London, you will receive a pleasant surprise when you reach step 24 of the route.

Route: New York -> London

It is nice to see that we can still have a sense of humor even in large corporations like Google. Does this qualify as an easter egg? I suppose it depends on your aquatic motility capabilities. 🙂

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Eben Moglen Resigns from FSF

I saw a posting recently on Slashdot that referenced Eben’s blog, where he indicates that he will be retiring from the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation.  It seems like now that his work is done with the GPLv3, he can move onto other things like writing and teaching.  Source: http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/blog/2007/04/index.html

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