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The late Walter Cronkite as a role model for IT managers? At first glance, we might not see the connection between "the most trusted man in America" and high tech management. But if we pull back the layers of how Cronkite approached his job, there are solid day-to-day career lessons for those working in IT. Seven Best Practices Straight From the Desk of Uncle Walter 1. Explain things in a simple way so everyone can understand. CBS' Bob Schieffer said people "understood Cronkite was guiding you through events." He translated the complex or hard to understand in a way that made you nod and think, "I get I now." When explaining the impact of an IT project for your organization, break it down so the non-techies get the light bulb over their heads. Explain it so your mother can understand it--use the criteria: how would Cronkite say this? 2. Have an unbridled enthusiasm. N... (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)

Borland creates a RAD tool for the rest of us

Borland's release of Kylix, the Delphi-esque rapid application development tool for Linux, was one of the most anticipated new products to hit the Linux world. The promise and allure of Kylix was that it would provide an easy transition for the millions of Borland Delphi programmers writing Windows applications to Linux. The only negative about Kylix was the pricing, which dropped recently. Until the beginning of August, Kylix came in two versions. Kylix Server Developer, which includes the ability to write Web applications, costs a whopping $1,999. Kylix Desktop Developer, which now costs $199, is basically the same product without the Web development tools. Kylix Developer originally retailed for $999. But now there is a third version, Kylix Open Edition. You can purchase it for $99, and get it on a CD with printed documentation. Or, you can download it for ... (more)

Borland Acquires Starbase and BoldSoft in All-Cash Transactions

(October 15, 2002) - This month, Borland Software Corporation announced two acquisitions: Starbase Corporation and BoldSoft BoldSoft MDE Aktiebolag. Borland will acquire Starbase in an all-cash tender offer for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $24 million or $2.75 per share. Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, Starbase is a provider of software configuration management technology. Borland's president and CEO Dale L. Fuller commented, "The acquisition of Starbase advances our goal of integrating all phases of software development into a single, seamless solution that unifies the design, development, testing, and deployment phases of the software application lifecycle. BoldSoft, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is a pioneer in design-driven development technologies. Its products are currently incorporated into Borland Delphi 7 Studio and Borland Ente... (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

THIRD-PARTY TOOLS uNokSoftGroup uNokSoftGroup released version 2.0.4 of their open source XML parser written in PowerBuilder. This new version resolves an issue with the uf_xml2token function. www.mycgiserver.com/~unoksoftgroup/xml/ El Portal de PowerBuilder El Portal de PowerBuilder made the second part of their online Spanish language tutorial for PowerBuilder available. www.powerbuilder.org CoolMenu 12/17/03 - Aart Onkenhout released build 149 of the CoolMenu beta. www.xs4all.nl/~onkie/coolmenu.html Visual Expert Novalys announced Visual Expert 5.0 build 31112 for PowerBuilder. www.visual-expert.com SQL ANYWHERE Borland dbExpress for SQL Anywhere 12/15/03 - iAnywhere Solutions, a subsidiary of Sybase, announced a new Borland dbExpress driver for SQL Anywhere Studio designed to simplify the development of database-powered applications using the Borland Delphi and Borlan... (more)

iAnywhere Launches Advantage Database Server 8.0

iAnywhere has announced at the Borland Developers Conference that it is strengthening its database management portfolio with the release of Advantage Database Server 8.0. Advantage Database Server is a full-featured, high performance client/server data management system targeted towards Borland Delphi and C++ Builder developers. The new features in Advantage Data Architect, Advantage Replication, Advantage Online Backup and SQL scripting will enhance Advantage Database Server 8.0 with ease-of-use, performance and efficiency. The Advantage Database Server was recently acquired by Sybase through its purchase of Extended Systems in October 2005. The business has since been integrated into Sybase's iAnywhere subsidiary. Advantage 8.0 provides developers with the functionality they require to easily build scalable business applications with low administration requirements.... (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 Readers' Choice Awards Polls Will Close on December 31, 2005

  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)

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)