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LEGO Open Sources MindStorm NXT

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Hackers, Get Ready! LEGO Group Announces Open Source Firmware, Developer Kits for LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT

Consumer-directed robotics experience creation to enter “NXT” phase with open firmware, Software, Hardware and Bluetooth Developer Kits to launch in August

ENFIELD, Conn. (May 1, 2006) – The LEGO Group today announced that for the first time it will release as open source the firmware of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® microprocessor – the new NXT brick – the core component of its next generation robotics toolset. Additionally, the company announced that it will release Software, Hardware and Bluetooth Developer Kits to its growing global audience of robotics enthusiasts. The firmware code and three developer kits will be available in August 2006 in the “Extreme” section of www.mindstorms.com, in conjunction with the retail availability of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT.

Quick Test: Cantoo WebTest 2.0

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

I just did a quick test and brief evaluation of Cantoo WebTest – a free open source tool for automated testing of web applications. I found it pretty good and intuitive, and I think it has a rather mature feature set. Having made a similar test tool myself five years ago (based on IE proprietary methods) I felt quite at home, and found the xml format delightful. I would have liked some more features to select specific elements, especially support for unnamed elements, preferbly using XPath notation. It produces a nice report describing the test run, this uses xml/xslt so it’s pretty easy to change into your own report style, or just use the xml report directly from within an application. I am still unsure if the xml format allows for much dynamic in the script, such as if/else etc.. But there is supposedly better support for those things via the Groovy scripting interface, I will be doing more tests in near future as I attempt to build test suits while developing, I will also get to test it’s include functionality in depth, in order to facilitate fragment re-use.

Open Source gaining substantial popularity

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

“IT services provider Atos Origin has predicted a forthcoming change in the software landscape based on the results of a survey it has carried out in conjunction with the UK’s National Computing Centre. The survey, which was compiled through over 140 web-based questionnaires completed by senior UK IT professionals in May and June, indicated that over 60% believe open source will either increase its presence in certain business areas
or be a fundamental component in core IT systems, while
73% expect open source to develop within their organizations’ IT strategy over the next five years
.”

Slashdot | Atos Origin Predicts Open Source Landscape

Release: WordPress 1.5.2

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

WordPress 1.5.2 is out, featuring security fixes, improvements to plugin API as well number of bugfixes.
An easy upgrade guide can always be found at the WordPress Codex.

WordPress Development Blog – WordPress 1.5.2

OSCON2005: Ruby is hot, Java is cool, C# is neither

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Greg Luck writes his impressions of OSCON 2005, in Portland, Oregon, USA.

At OSCON 2005 there was a lot of interest in Ruby. Ruby is the hot new? language popularised by Rails. Rails is derived from/inspired by Basecamp.

What was more surpising to me, as a Java developer, was the way Java has come in from the cold. There were lots and lots of Java sessions. The daily keynotes discussed Java. Last year there was little Java and the year before that none. Two open source Java stacks, gcj/classpath and Apache Harmony had sessions and generated a lot of excitement. The Apache Geronimo guys announced Geronimo M4 which passes the J2EE 1.4 TCK, and is open source. Java seems to be front and centre. In many other sessions constant comparisons were made with Java. Java is the reference language…

Read Greg’s complete report:
Greg Luck’s WebLog: OSCON2005: Ruby is hot, Java is cool, C# is neither