Web Developer Briefs: Bullant, Oracle and Sun, ACE 2000

Bullant stings California

Web developer Bullant was one of the two Australian innovators selected by Intel to attend this year's eXCHANGE Summit, held in San Francisco.

Bullant has ported its Zero Friction software to Intel's new 64-bit Itanium processor, and in turn invited one of its customers, marketboomer, to put on a demonstration at the summit. The demonstration involved the running of marketboomer's B2B trading engine on Bullant's object-oriented virtual machine, using the enhanced memory of the Itanium processor.

The other Australian company invited was 80-20, a Melbourne-based software company that specialises in knowledge management solutions for Microsoft platforms.

Up to mischief

Oracle and Sun Microsystems have taken a cheeky swipe at Microsoft, offering an updated migration tool for Microsoft developers to move onto using Oracle on Sun.

The Oracle Migration Workbench v1.3 for the Solaris Operating Environment allows developers to migrate Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 and 7.0, and Sybase Adaptive Server 11.0 running on Windows NT to Oracle8I on the Solaris platform.

"We are particularly focused on providing Microsoft developers with a clear migration path to a more reliable, scalable and trusted platform - Oracle on Sun," said Doug Kaewert, vice president of market development at Sun Microsystems.

The migration tool is available for free download on the Oracle Technology Network and will also ship with every copy of the Solaris 8 Operating Environment as of January next year.

Open platforms just ace

The Alternative Computer Expo, otherwise known as ACE 2000, is coming to Melbourne at the end of this week to shed light on Open Platform technology.

This year's show will include demonstrations by Red Hat Linux, Amiga International, Rebol and QNX. Amiga International will be previewing their processor independent operating system, and the Amiga One computer, which the company boasts as being able to run Java script at 20-30 times faster than existing machines.

The organisers believe that open platform technology gives free rein to innovative developers to "break free from the straightjacket environment imposed by the proprietary constraints of the operating systems now commonly used".

The exhibition will run from Saturday October 21 (9am-6pm) to Sunday October 22 (9am-5pm) at the media centre of Albert Park.

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