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New Blog Location

Since I am no longer employed at Oracle, I am going to move my blog to Blogger, thus avoiding any confusion of what I "officially" said about HTML DB and what I "personally" say about it. Please update your bookmarks accordingly:

New Blog Home: http://spendolini.blogspot.com
New Blog RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ScottSpendolinisBlog

Comments

Partha said…
Hi Scott,

Wishing you all the very best for your new assignment. Welcome to Blogger as well :-) Hope to see you write more about HTML DB. Just a note on the blogging - realised that Iam the first person to comment on your blog - It is safe to turn on the Word verification feature of blogger - otherwise you are vulnerable to a lot of spam.

Ok, now that you are relatively free from technical side in the first week, maybe, you can reflect on this: Do you see HTML DB moving slowly towards 'OPEN SOURCE' in the near future? Or wouldn't it be a cool idea to have it as a open source?
Colin said…
Excellent, then you will be 'free' to criticize it for a change... :)

he..he..he..
Scott said…
When it deserves to be criticized, yes, I am free to do so. :)

- Scott -
Scott said…
Do you see HTML DB moving slowly towards 'OPEN SOURCE' in the near future? Or wouldn't it be a cool idea to have it as a open source?
I don't see this happening in the near future, but that doesn't mean it won't. There was some talk of allowing users to create their own HTML DB widgets in PL/SQL, but that's about as close to Open Source as I think the tool will get.

While I believe that OpenSource is an excellent or "cool" idea (love Firefox, T-Bird, Linux, etc.), I just don't see every application going that way in the near term. Maybe our kids or grandkids will laugh at how we all used to pay Oracle or Microsoft for software some day, but I'm not holding my breath...

Thanks,

- Scott -

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