As the community name suggests it's for people from all fields and age groups learning JAVA and trying to get their respective answers over their queries. In some cases, individuals are JAVA professionals working in world-class organizations like Microsoft, Google, Infosys, TCS etc and are actually providing service to the ever-growing JAVA Community. As of today there are 54,857 members in the community which makes it the second ranked technical community by head-count in Orkut after C/C++ Programmers community.
So coming back to the question, which was a nerve-wrecking one and it didn't invoke any response from any of the users in the community which is in sharp contrast to the daily routine where none of the questions or threads are left unanswered. It left me dumb-founded for some time but then I came out with an opinion rather then an answer. So here's it goes....
No replies to this thread shows the interest of the community users in this topic.
But your bold question has surely touched my heart and mind and hence deserves my opinion....
Personally speaking I'm yet to learn the JAVA language in and out. I'm done with C, C++, Core Java but still learning ADVANCED Java. I also acknowledge the fact that when I say I'm done with a particular language means I know a topic within my realms.
Secondly, there are myriad of other languages which I've started learning like C#, Javscript 6.0, ASP , ASP.net etc which will take quite some time for me to attain proficiency.
Thirdly, I'm yet to attain proficiency in spoken and written ENGLISH language ..... Lolz... !!!
Besides the main aim of a programming language is to provide means by which a user can achieve his/her motives. So if a language can be developed which takes the users motives as I/P and comes out with the requisite O/P then that's what we should be looking for.... Certainly the analysis and processing should go into abstraction w.r.t the user. The user should get the desired results which may be a simulation, algorithm, GUI etc.
If you are ready to be a part of this team in this venture then we are game for this project....
Well it's a nice question actually. Microsoft officially planned to release Windows 7 in the last quarter of 2009. But then it officially came out in the open that it would be delayed a month or two, so it comes to 2009 end.
Now the latest speculations doing the rounds is that MS is again planning to delay it by a quarter more amid the current economic scenario. So now it comes to the first quarter of 2010. Interestingly, the Windows 7 RC1(Release Candidate) is planned to be released in April, 2009. Surely, testers and sophisticated users will be eager to get their hands on it considering it has myriad of changes over Windows 7 BETA.
Check out the link to find the advancements in Windows 7 RC1:
As per a latest feasibility report by "The Computer Magazine" software distributions has seen a low-down amid dropping interests among software users buying licensed software. Consumers are sticking to their old softwares for the time-being. These were a couple of reasons cited by the Magazine. Please note that these are still speculations and are not officially confirmed by MS.
By the way, Intel has also reported a drop in the number of chip sales in the last two quarters of 2008. Surely, there are many other examples which can be cited to believe that the speculations might be actually true.
Regarding Live@Edu and convincing features of Live@Edu over GMail/Google Apps:
1] Live@Edu is a collaboration platform which also helps students and teachers interact dynamically, share notes, spectate presentations/lectures etc.
For this purpose Windows Live Meeting 2007 can be used. The students need to have only Windows Live Meeting 2007 client (which is free) and teachers for broadcasting the presentations will need Windows Communications Server 2007 (which actually costs a bomb if you have steep pockets).
2] Secondly, the unique selling point of Live@Edu is students are given mail addresses @ their own college domain. For Example, if a Harvard's student's name is "abc" then he can get email@example.com. Now that's fantastic!!!
Imagine lacs of bucks saved by the college management in case they plan to give every student a mail ID w.r.t. their college domain.
3] Data warehouse geeks like me should look out for this feature coz it's the most sought after!!
5 GB of storage space for every ID registered over Windows SKY Drive with mailing facilities over HOTMAIL.
Now I can say I don't have to worry about as to where I can save my movies and other stuff coz I have a big repository.
3] Besides if college have labs which don't have Internet connectivity then too all is not lost. Students can still communicate with their local contacts over Windows Live Messenger. Just add the contacts as LAN contacts in the messenger, though I'm yet to try it personally.
4] Besides there's SMS to all facility which unfortunately doesn't work in India currently. I hope they (Microsoft Live team) address the problem at the earliest since I'm sure all are waiting for it eagerly.
5] If you look closely at the second feature which I've mentioned above, students can actually benefit from it once they finish their college because it'll help them build life-long relationship with their college and friends.
6] And the best of them the deployment of Live@Edu is free for MSP's like us whereas in other case it would have cost us atleast 50,000/- INR.
7] For more features and videos on Live@Edu goto: