Apache gears up for battle against Oracle

November 9th, 2010 at 8:22 PM  No Comments

The Apache Software Foundation, masters of the code that is responsible for serving up more than half of the worlds web pages, including this one, has announced that it’s taking on software giant Oracle and it’s ever more restrictive Java licensing. Indicating that if Oracle doesn’t play nice, they’re going to leave the Java Community Process.

Apache is particularly upset because they feel Oracle doesn’t play by the same rules they’re expecting other companies to follow when using Java technology in their products. Their complaints about the license process date back to before Oracle purchased Java when they’re acquired Sun Microsystems at the start of the year. Arguably, it was THE reason Oracle bought Sun, as Oracle has been one of the biggest Java users in their products.

via ITWorld

Microsoft releases MySQL migration assistant

January 11th, 2010 at 2:50 PM  No Comments

If the pending purchase of Sun (owner of MySQL) by Oracle scares you, and you’re looking to get your data out of MySQL before it gets eaten up by that other evil empire, then Microsoft has a tool for you.

They’ve released a test version of their new migration assistant to help database administrators make the change over. There is a version for both SQL 2005 and for SQL 2008 or SQL Azure. The tool provides an assessment of migration efforts as well as automates schema and data migration from MySQL to SQL Server. The tool will migrate any MySQL 4.1, 5.0 or 5.1 database.

Microsoft makes other migration assistants available for Oracle, Access, and a variety of other database formats, so this new tool is not unprecedented. It is however the first time it has made tools for the open-source MySQL available.