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Daily Dose - DTrace Co-inventor Leaves Oracle

07.27.2010
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Yet another great developer has left Oracle this week.  Bryan Cantrill, the co-inventor of DTrace, gave a heartfelt farewell to the company he joined in 1996.  In his praise of the pre-Oracle Sun Microsystems, Cantrill also has a few well-veiled criticisms likely aimed at the new culture under Oracle.  Statements like: "[Sun] fostered an environment where the OS [Open Source] was viewed not as a regrettable drag on progress, but rather as a nexus of innovation," and "One of Sun’s greatest strengths was that we technologists were never discouraged from interacting directly and candidly with our customers and users, and many of our most important innovations came from these relationships," reveal that Cantrill, like so many other prominent Sun developers, had problems with Oracle's closed mindset.

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J Szy replied on Tue, 2010/07/27 - 5:48am

"[Sun] fostered an environment where the OS [Open Source] was viewed not as a regrettable drag on progress, but rather as a nexus of innovation,"

 One of Sun’s greatest strengths was that we technologists were never discouraged from interacting directly and candidly with our customers and users

One can only wonder why it was Oracle tha bought out Sun and not the other way around. Maybe that was not strenght but a weakness and Oracle's closed minded managers are just right?

 

Mark Unknown replied on Tue, 2010/07/27 - 10:10am

If you do .NET and want to do GWT but can't - use Visual WebGUI. I have tried it and it seems really good. Much better than the base ASP.NET AJAX. 

 As for the Sun employee issue ... while i like innovation and OS, you can't live on "kisses and hugs". That being said, I am not thrilled about the current trend back to all software being closed source - mainly because it sets bar to entry so high.

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