Thursday, 26 February 2009

What's up with S+ 8.1?

Eagle-eyed S users may have noticed that S+ 8.1 is now available. The desktop version came out in December and TIBCO just released S+ Server and S+ Miner.

As the Insightful web site is being phased out, the new release isn't discussed there. Instead it's over on the TIBCO Spotfire web page:

Some exciting innovations in this release:

  • The language is no longer "S-PLUS", it's now "S+". Sort of like the whole "Puff Daddy" to "P Diddy" transition.
  • The products are now "TIBCO Spotfire S+", "TIBCO Spotfire S+ Server", and "TIBCO Spotfire S+ Miner". You'll need to get used to looking for things in the "TIBCO" locations rather than the "Insightful" locations. The name reflects the fact that the products are part of the Spotfire product family within the TIBCO offerings.
  • The software is now obtained by downloading from the TIBCO download site rather than on a CD. Needless to say, printed manuals are also a thing of the past.

Oh yeah, there are some new features too. The highlights are available at:

The best place on the web at the moment for more detail is actually Northwestern, as they put links to the S+ 8.1 for Linux documentation on their web site. Northwestern people - if that's intended for internal use only, let me know and I'll edit this out.

Material is starting to roll out on the "Spotfire Technology Network" web site:

Integrating with Spotfire S+
Spotfire S+ Server Primer (C#)

Keep an eye on the STN for future examples.

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