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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-11-17 Print this article Print

Perhaps Gingells departure from Sun will be most evident in any further discussion regarding open-sourcing the Java platform, for it was Gingell whom IBM approached with the notion earlier this year. Rod Smith, IBMs vice president of emerging technology and an IBM fellow, wrote a letter to Gingell in February asking if Sun would like to join IBM in building an open-source implementation of Java. Though Gingell sounded out the notion and even participated in a panel debate on the subject at this years JavaOne conference, the issue seemed somewhat moot as Sun CEO Scott McNealy never seemed very keen on the idea.
Read more here on the panel debate about an open Java.
Gingell also was instrumental in working out a harmonious relationship between Sun and open-source organizations and leaders. He helped smooth out a relationship between Sun, the JCP and the Apache Foundation, and made way for simpler licensing terms for open-source users. Meanwhile, sources said Cassatt is indeed an up-and-coming company with lots of promise and hot technology. "Bill doesnt put together any bad teams," said one source close to the situation who asked not to be identified, who was referring to Bill Coleman. "You see what he did with BEA." Coleman founded BEA with current BEA CEO Alfred Chuang and Ed Scott. Bill, Ed and Alfred formed the name of the company: BEA Systems Inc. An entry on the company Web site partly describes the Cassatt strategy: "Over the next couple of years this market will see the convergence of commodity-based grid computing with a service-oriented architecture for delivering applications. While this convergence offers the promise of great business benefits, this new approach to computing will require enterprises to evolve their IT infrastructure. Cassatt will provide software and services to help transform current IT infrastructures to take advantage of this new generation of enterprise computing." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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