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JavaFX II

Well GUI Integration continues to heat up. Sun has announced to new features to JavaFX. JavaFX Script will have a compiler that renders JavaFX script into JVM bytecode. This means that the range of platforms that JavaFX can run on is broader than before because the Alpha JavaFX code was running a JavaFXScript interpreter. But …

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Microsoft Calls to Action

Microsoft will be making lots of calls to action at the upcoming PDC – probably no more so than in the field of desktop collaborative applications and Web Services designed to match recent offerings from Google and Yahoo. Googles new Desktop 2 is very very competitive – and threatens to become a runaway best seller …

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Implications of IE7 Beta

In this article I have delineated how and why the new IE7 beta is such a monumental disappointment from Microsoft. In effect, Bill Gates and company are saying to the IT community: “we control the browser market and therefore we can dictate the nature of the Web interface. What standards and technologies are to be …

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American Gods

In a scene eerily reminiscent of Neil Gaimans stark novel American Gods, one of Redmonds Demigods, Steve Ballmer, was shouting over and over “I love you, partners … I love you, partners”. And well he might. For 6000 partners came to Minneapolis at Redmonds beck and call despite being treated to ever shrinking market opportunities …

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Tom Yagers Crusade

Tom Yager is on a crusade to delineate the unfair practices behind the AMD vs Intel suit. He makes no apologies about taking sides with AMD in this suit – and has set up a phone and email address for people who want to supply facts and evidence on this case. He also has described …

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Microsoft Atlas

Microsoft is clawing to get back aboard the the DHTML bus with its latest AJAX innovations. Talk about how thought and development leadership has shifted back to the Bay Area and Google, Macromedia, Sun, Yahoo etc. See how Redmond claims they were doing this all along with Outlook Web Access -its just that the companys …

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Java Takes Over Services

In an article on Borlands Together/J, eWeeks Darryl Taft gets at an essential point that is happening in the Java Services Development: “Alan McCutchen, vice president of engineering for Modus Operandi, a software company that accelerates and simplifies mission-critical EII (enterprise information integration) projects for federal agencies and prime contractors, in a statement said By …

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Embrace and Extend

The RSS community is up in arms over an apparent Embrace and Extend by the good gals and guys up at 1 Microsoft Way. Despite the misreading, Kevin Finck at Digital Web Magazine has got it right – and as Robert Scoble and Dave Winer are only too happy to say – “look what happens …

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Testing and the Open Source Value Proposition

One of the key concepts from Agile Development and Extreme Programming is to test early and often. I generally embrace this critical notion from both development disciplines with a slight amendment. My variation ? Test everywhere but effectively. By “everywhere” I mean that every phase of the IT development process should have measures and tests …

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Borland Core

Borland , like others like IBM with its Rational line, is breaking out of its monolithic development tools (JBuilder and Together primarily) into Core products designed to meet specific development roles. For example Core Architect contains architecting with design patterns, UML modeling, design metrics, etc. Code Developer drops the modeling and metrics/requirements but adds testing, …

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

I have been chastised for referring to awshucks-I-am-just-a-coder-at-heart Bill Gates and his compadre-in-Machiavellian arms, Steve Jobs, as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in my story on Star Warriors. But Ziff Davis Peter Coffee, though much too polite to call them the same, nonetheless leaves little doubt as to how “good” these goodfellas are to their longstanding development …

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Thinlets: Java Arising

AJAX, Asynchronous JavaScript And XML for Web GUI processing, has been getting the lions share of attention on this weblog for the past few weeks. And the “new and improved” Flash has really caught peoples attention and deservedly so. But I would like to direct peoples attention back to Java and Thinlets. Thinlets use XUL-based …

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ODBC/JDBC Update

While doing a review of BI software with SAS developers we talked about some of the issues related with heterogeneous joins – linking up tables from two different databases. I prematurely commiserated with the SAS guys – saying this was a dogs breakfast and their performance must really take a hit. The looked at me …

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Gecko Usage up over 22%

Gecko usage up over 22% on my website which is decidedly pro-Gecko, Opera and anything-else-but-IE. This is from the list of top 20 user agents on theOpensourcery.com. So if I tabbed all user agents (3451 in May) the 22% using Gecko total would probably increase notably. Now here come all the disclaimers: > The sample …

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Apples in x86 Land:Linux Get Going Notice

Steven J. Vaughan-Nicholls at eWeek has written a superb analysis of what Apple adopting x86 means for Linux desktop developers and what they must do to respond. I will not paraphrase it – just highly recommend reading it. (c)JBSurveyer 2005

Flash at the Crossroads

Macromedia Flash is at the crossroads – a many optioned crossroads. First and foremost, Flash is still a relatively young and fast evolving technology. For example, it took on a complete programming model with versions 4 and 5 while video and sophisticated audio streaming plus remoting and Web Services has been spread over the MX …

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Dean Edwards IE7

If anyone tells you that IE is only missing a few HTML and W3C standards, take a look at what Dean Edwards is doing just for CSS in creating what he calls IE7. First, kudos to Dean for a massive and well architected effort. Dean is certainly right about developers being tired of spending anywhere …

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Addendum on AJAX

AJAX is getting a lot of attention with the likes of Flickr.com, backpackit.com and Google Mail already changing the landscape of what can be done with greater speed and yet retain GUI richess while working in the relatively familiar JavaScript/HTML/CSS/XML/DOM world that is DHTML. We have raised big view issues and AJAX is far from …

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AJAX Approaching for Takeoff

AJAX – Asynchronous JavaScript and XML is building up a huge bubble of interest. The reason is simple – in n-tier processing managing the Presentation Layer is tough. There are a number of trade-offs between the centrally administered and generated interfaces versus local GUI on the client with better interface widgets and potential for better …

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Altova UModel 2005

Altova sent a blurb about its new UModel 2005 software. Having used XMLSpy in some of its many guises we were intrigued and a bit quizzical. Quizzical because it is very late to get in the UML game – the technology is 10 years old and well represented by: Argouml is Opensource, free and definitely …

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Demo on AJAX

One of the problems with AJAX technology is, strangely enough, the fact that it is JavaScript based. This is not to complain about JavaScript per se or its general functionality but rather the lack of a support structure around JavaScript. Here are three quick questions to support my statement: 1)Who invented JavaScript and how do …

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I Got It Wrong

In the past few months I have been arguing that Microsoft would finally be delivering on .NET across the board in its software technologies – Office, Application Servers, Longhorn, and Longhorn Server. I got it wrong. In a series of reports on .NET Framework, Microsoft Watch – confirmed by Infoworld has raised the following key …

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Screencasting is Happening

Online demo vendors such as Techsmith with Camtasia Studio, Qarbon with Viewlet Builder and Adobe/Macromedia with Captivate must be delighted to see Jon Udells coverage for the third time in less than half year of the advantage of what Jon calls screencasting and many know as online demo software, usually Flash based, but sometimes using …

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BI BlitzKrieg: Updated

The latest freebies from Microsoft in the BI marketplace has eWeek reporters bewildered and pursuing a red herring about DBAs, database servers, and IT systems being overwhelmed by the new programming and data access load generated by all the freebie …. Hell, a complete Blitzkrieg on the BI marketplace has broken out and we are …

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Kudos to Larry Seltzer

Kudos to Larry Seltzer for naming names in the Phishing business in the US. I have been working diligently supplying PayPal, eBay, Security Bank, Washinton Mutual, and dozens of others with spoof email adresses just minutes after the attacks so they can locate the perpetrators and shut them down. Nothing much is happening. It is …

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Microsoft Moral Malaise

Robert Scoble has tripped off a moral whirlwind on the Redmond campus this weekend. For those not in the know, Robert works for Microsoft PR and has a huge blog following in the Websphere. Also his blogging has helped establish a blog-voice for hundreds of Microsoft employees. Finally his and the other employee blogs provide …

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Sayanora to JPEG2000

As a web developer I have been salivating at the prospect of using JPEG2000. The reason is simple. JPEG2000 delivers discernibly better image quality than JPG at the same compression level. JPEG2000 also affords better control over the image degrade artifacts while providing black and white compression opportunities only available to a limited audience of …

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Gecko Usage Update

Just a quick update on usage of the Gecko/Mozilla engine on my two websites: theOpensourcery.com – on 850,000 hits/month 15.3% are Gecko based thePhotofinishes.com – on 150,000 hits/month 12.0% are Gecko based The drop of Gecko usage on thePhotoFinishes.com may be attributed to the large number of Apple users. Finally this list is compiled from …

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AntiTrust Conditions

Now that Microsoft, IBM and Oracle are in a MAD contest to giveaway the biggest possible BI stack for free to sell their underlying databases, this raises some antitrust questions: 1)Is it an antitrust violation for a vendor to enter into an already existing and prosperous market and offer all products in that market for …

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BI Raining Competition

BI vendors are finding out what a Hell two or three good years can be. It is simply raining competition in the marketplace. First, Siebel, SAP, and Lawson decide to add more BI capabilities and even standalone BI products to their offerings. Then IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle increase the amount and breadth of their free …

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Now You Said It

Tom Yager at InfoWorld has gone and said it publicly. Something that really deserved saying for the past year or two. In fact recently there have been intimations that somebody would say it and soon …. but until Tom popped the words it remained, sadly, unsaid. And what are those magic words ? Write once, …

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