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SunWorld: Scripting Qt [Includes Coverage of GNOME's Piper]

Oct 01, 2000, 12:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird, Kathryn Soraiz)

"We often mention distributed computing models: JavaSpaces, Sash, BizTalk, WebL, and so on. Our lead column in August gave particular attention to the technical prospects for Microsoft's .NET initiative. Piper is an alternative to those models, and .NET in particular, on both engineering and business levels."

"Microsoft, for example, has specific business motivations with .NET that involve licensing issues and how the company is paid for its products. Crudely, Microsoft wants to use .NET capabilities to ensure it receives payment every time its software is used. Piper, in contrast, is a free software project to make 'anything and everything buildable by linking small components,' even across a network, according to J.W. Bizzaro, director of Bioinformatics.org."

"Bizzaro explains, 'Piper is actually a new name for a collaboration between four older projects: Overflow, Generalized Messaging Service, The Loci Project, and BlueBox.' Workers in the life sciences seem to have the most enthusiasm for Piper; genetics researchers, for instance, can easily see the benefits of a system that makes it easy to build filters and computations on a remote store for the human genome or other massive datasets. However, Bizzaro emphasizes, 'Piper is general purpose in design. All of the developers appreciate the need for a system capable of very sophisticated operation, yet with a simple facade.'"

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