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  SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls will close on December 31, 2005. So far more than 16,000 readers cast their votes to select the best  software products and services of the year for Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX. Best Java Products of 2005: http://java.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Linux Products of 2005: http://linux.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Web Services Products of 2005: http://webservices.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best .NET Products of 2005: http://dotnet.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Macromedia MX and ColdFusion Products of 2005: http://mxdj.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards program is considered to be the most prestigious awar... (more)

Omniopera by Kamiak

I've been in the XML world for about two years now - a dinosaur at today's rate. Still, I have problems with understanding conceptual and syntax issues of WSDL and XML Schema - especially the latter. In addition to being complex, XML Schema and WSDL are relatively new (or soon to be new) WC3 recommendations. So now I have two WC3 recommendations that are intimidating and complex in nature. If they're difficult for me, what about XML beginners on my team? How will they understand them? Enough said... What this industry really needs is an inexpensive tool that will allow the creation and modification of WSDL and XML schemas. This tool should allow an organization to author these documents and write its own Web service contracts, all while hiding the inner workings of WSDL and XML Schema. Basically, it should leave the creation and modification of the document to a hi... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers Cast More Than 4,000 Votes In First Week Of Voting

This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, and more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. The winners of this years awards will be announced in November at Web Services Edge 2005 West - International Web Services Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The list of companies heading the various polls reads like a "Who's Who" of the most active and enterprising players in the i-technology space - including all the industry's top software and hardware vendors, services providers, and technical publishers. Highlights after just one week's voting include: 2005 JDJ Readers' Choice Awards: There are 26 categories in this year's JDJ awards. In the coveted "Best Java Application Server" categor... (more)

PowerBuilder News - All things of interest to the PB community

THIRD-PARTY PRODUCTS Rational Suite 5/4 - IBM announced Rational Suite, v2003.06.12, which adds new or enhanced support for PowerBuilder as well as WebSphere Studio, Eclipse, Linux, DB2, Microsoft Visual C++ and .NET, EMC VMWare, Oracle Forms, and Borland Delphi. www-306.ibm.com/software/rational/ iANYWHERE Sprint 5/20 - Sprint announced two new services built on the M-Business Anywhere mobile application platform from iAnywhere Solutions, a subsidiary of Sybase. Sprint Mobile Loan Officer will allow bank employees to process loans, establish accounts, transfer funds, and complete other financial transactions using wireless handheld devices certified to operate on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. Sprint Mobile Claims Adjustor will allow insurance claims adjustors to process claims on-site using wireless handheld devices. Sprint Mobile Claims Adjustor will be ... (more)

Mercado Eletrônico Case Study

Mercado Eletrônico is the leading B2B company in Latin America. Founded in 1994, it provides services for supply chain management, such as e-procurement, catalog, sourcing and collaboration, based on an advanced technology platform supporting more than 30,000 transactions a day and a complex buyer/supplier user community. The development of Mercado Eletrônico's technology platform started in 1994 using BBS software, which evolved to client/server and, in 1998, to the Web using Microsoft Active Server Pages. In 2005, with an accumulated two million lines of code ranging from stored procedures to AJAX interfaces, most of the code was complex and hard to maintain IDL/COM+ transactional components, implemented in a mix of Visual C++, Borland Delphi, and C#, and used by classic ASP and ASP.NET pages directly. When .NET 2.0 was released, it was made the primary target for... (more)

Micro Focus Buys Borland

Another of the old guard has collapsed. Borland has finally given up the ghost. After a 26-year run that saw it adopt multiple personalities in going from influential to non-entity, the tools house that once challenged Microsoft and Lotus is being acquired by Micro Focus for $75 million cash, a buck a share. The British company wants it for its application lifecycle management software, Borland's latest avatar. Micro Focus figures that with the roughly $8 million Borland had in the bank at the end of December, the acquisition will only cost it about $67 million. The price it's paying is nominally a 25% premium against Borland's closing price Tuesday but a 67% premium over its average closing price the prior 30 days. The UK company is also buying Compuware's application testing and automated software quality assets for $80 million. Micro Focus has been growing by acquisi... (more)

Delphi 2009 Development Essentials Reviewed

Robert Meek has written a book review about my Delphi 2009 Development Essentials, which is sold as paperback from Lulu.com, or offered as free bonus for anyone who purchases Delphi or one or more courseware manuals in PDF format from me. ... (more)

SYS-CON Media Opens Its Eighth Annual "Readers' Choice Awards" Polls

SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls opened today, February 1, 2005, and will remain open for six months, until July 31, 2005. More than 50,000 readers are expected to cast their votes to select the best  software products and services of the year for Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX. Best Java Products of 2005: http://sys-con.com/java/readerschoice2004 Best Linux Products of 2005: http://www.sys-con.com/Linux/readerschoice2004 Best Web Services Products of 2005: http://www.sys-con.com/webservices/readerschoice2004 Best .NET Products of 2005: http://www.sys-con.com/dotnet/readerschoice2004 Best Macromedia MX and ColdFusion Products of 2005: http://www.sys-con.co... (more)

SYS-CON Opens Its Eighth Annual "Readers' Choice Awards" Polls, Often Referred To As "The Oscars of the Software Industry"

(Montvale, NJ, February 1, 2005) - SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls opened today, February 1, 2005 and will remain open for six months, until July 31, 2005. More than 50,000 readers are expected to cast their votes to select the best software products of the year including Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET products and services. SYS-CON's readers' choice awards program is considered to be the most prestigious award program of the software industry and often referred to as "the Oscars of the software industry." The products participating in the program are nominated by their vendors, customers, users, or SYS-CON readers. This year a record number of companies and products were nominated. Below is a list of all companies and products participating in the 200... (more)

Which Technologies Will Carry the Rich Internet Torch?

If Gartner's assessment of AJAX's position on the Hype Cycle is correct, then the days when AJAX is the only game in town are over. Enter the age of what Anne Thomas Manes of the Burton Group calls 'Fit Clients' - a hybrid of Thick Clients (a.k.a. Fat Clients) and Thin Clients (HTML and RIA). Gartner Group publishes a type of market analysis every year called the Hype Cycle. In general – as the theory goes – certain products go through the hype cycle where they gain a lot of traction until the hype surrounding the technology reaches its peak. It’s at this point, when expectations have far outstretched the capabilities of the platform, that people realize that the technology has limitations and become disillusioned. Subsequently the popularity for the technology plummets. Fortunately, the most useful technologies recover from this plummet and eventually reach equilib... (more)

Delphi 6 and Kylix 2Web ServicesEasy-to-build Web servicesand SOAP Applications

When Borland shipped Delphi 6 in May of last year, one of its new features was support for SOAP - most notably in the form of Web services. Borland Kylix 2 (for Linux) is now also available with the same capabilities, and as I write this article, Borland has just announced the Borland Web Services Kit for Java, which will enable Borland JBuilder to create and consume Web services using WSDL and SOAP. Finally, by the time you read this article I expect Borland C++ Builder 6 to be announced (or available) with the same SOAP and Web services capabilities that Delphi 6 and Kylix 2 currently have. Perhaps even a bit more, since SOAP is ever evolving. In this article, I want to demonstrate the ease of use of Delphi 6 and Kylix 2 (two RAD tools) by developing a Web service in a Delphi 6 server (running on Win32) and consuming it in a Kylix 2 client running on Linux. What i... (more)