Open it up and they will come

by Daniel H. Steinberg

Wolfram's Director of Kernel Technology, Tom Wickham-Jones talks to us about the new Wolfram Workbench which is built on top of Eclipse. We include a trailer for OSCON we recorded with content chair Nat Torkington, and Prem Anand provides an introduction to Voice XML. (DTF 07-17-2006: 19 minutes 30 seconds)

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Distributing the Future July 17, 2006: "Open it up and they will come."

0:54 The Wolfram Workbench

The Eclipse team always said that they were building more than just an IDE. It was hard for them to explain several years ago that they were building a platform for building tools. Tom Wickham-Jones, Director of Kernel Technology for Wolfram Research, talks to us about the Wolfram Workbench. Instead of working with Mathematica interactively, you can now use the workbench as an IDE using Mathematica as a programming language. (7:56)

8:50 OSCON Preview

O'Reilly's Open Source Convention runs July 24-28 in Portland, Oregon. Content chair Nat Torkington tells you what you can expect at this year's OSCON. (6:16)

15:06 The Future of the Data Industry

This is our first guest segment. Prem Anand contacted us to offer this piece on voice XML. In it he describes the technology and gives you an idea of what applications could be built on top of it and how it will benefit you. Use your voice instead of a traditional browser to talk to a server. You can find more about Prem on (3:48)

Total running time: 19:30

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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