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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)

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)

XML's Contribution to Web Services

Professional XML Web Services isn't really an XML book, but more a pure Web services book. The XML part is because XML is used to represent Web services (in the WSDL, for example). The book covers many types of Web services, not just XML Web services (a term that's like a binary executable). The book consists of 15 chapters. That's not much, if you take into account that it was written by 12 authors. In fact, no author has written more than two chapters. I must admit that my feelings about the result are mixed. Some chapters flow really well and are clear to read, but others take more time to swallow. And although it's usually a good idea to let each author write about his or her favorite topic, in this case it also results in a lot of information that's repeated. The best way to view this book is just as a collection of 15 really long papers. That way you can select... (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)

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)

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)

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)

SYS-CON Media Announces Results of Its Readers' Choice Awards at the Edge 2004 East Conference & Expo in Boston

(Boston, MA, February 25, 2004) - SYS-CON Media, the world's number one i-technology magazine publisher, announced today the results of its latest Readers' Choice Awards Program, commonly referred to as the "Oscars of the Software Industry," recognizing excellence in the software, solutions, or services provided by the industry's top vendors. The SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Awards Program has become the most-respected industry awards program of its kind, with simultaneous competitions driven by the readers of six market-leading SYS-CON magazines, JDJ, LinuxWorld Magazine, Web Services Journal, .NET Developer's Journal, XML-Journal, and ColdFusion Developer's Journal. LinuxWorld Magazine awards were announced at LinuxWorld Conference in New York last month, and could be viewed at www.LinuxWorld.com. All SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Award recipients are selected th... (more)

Avalon: Still a Big Deal

Scott Hanselman's coverage of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference 2003, "Avalon: Yes, the Picture's Changing," generated a debate over whether Avalon is "revolutionary" or "evolutionary." To read the entire discussion, go to www.sys-con.com/dotnet/article.cfm?id=446. Evolutionary, not Revolutionary The movement of the declarative "InitializeComponents()" code to another more suitable "language" is nothing new, nor is it earth-shattering. Now comes the controversial part. Take a look at Borland Delphi... "Oh, I've heard of that." No, it is not just that "database" tool. It is a full-featured, powerful, object-oriented, component-based, compiled-to-native-code development environment. The Visual Component Library (VCL) included with Delphi uses a predecessor to Avalon's XAML. By using a text or binary declarative "language," the form construction is taken o... (more)

Kinook Is Putting The Fun Back Into Visual Studio

Kinook Software's release of Visual Build Professional 5.6 is designed to automate Visual Build Pro by execution of repeatable processes. Kinook's solution will save Visual Studio .NET and Web developers valuable time by reducing the time spent on redundant operations. Kinook says its software will help put the fun back into application development. One benefit of Visual Build Professional, is the reduction of "boring jobs." The company says, "Visual Build Pro performs the menial, repetitive tasks so you can focus on the fun, challenging stuff." What is more, information that the company calls "tribal knowledge," which is knowledge that is kept in peoples' heads, will be replaced by a documented build framework. Creating permanent build records can become part of a project's source code, and can be maintained in source control, providing a persistent, documented rec... (more)