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:
Best Linux Products of 2005:
Best Web Services Products of 2005:
Best .NET Products of 2005:
Best Macromedia MX and ColdFusion Products of 2005:
SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards program is considered to be the most
prestigious awar... (more)
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)
When migrating existing source code from previous versions of Delphi to
Delphi 2009, you may encounter warnings about implicit conversions from
AnsiString to Unicode Strings or vice versa (the other way may also have a
potential data loss) and while it's easy to ignore these warnings, ignorance
comes with a price!
The particular real-world example I want to talk about in this post comes
from a third-party library (who shall remain nameless) compatible with
different versions of Delphi, including Delphi 2009. When I migrated my
project from Delphi 2007 to Delphi 2009, the resulting application worked
fine except when calling the third-party routine to perform a certain task.
Response times went up from 2 seconds to almost 20 minutes (I'm not joking),
which is a long time to wait for an answer to be formulated.
By the way, originally we thought the process was just hang... (more)
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
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)
(August 6, 2002) - Borland Software Corporation has announced Borland®
DelphiTM 7 Studio, featuring full support for new and emerging Web services,
integrated model driven development, and preview capabilities for the
Microsoft® .NET Framework. Using Delphi 7 Studio, the estimated one million
Delphi developers can begin developing their skills for .NET and preparing
applications for .NET without abandoning their existing work and skills on
the Windows® platform.
Borland is the first to deliver the independent path to .NET with Delphi 7
Studio, a cross-platform rapid application development (RAD) environment for
the Windows platform. Delphi 7 Studio also features enterprise application
design and deployment allowing developers to take advantage of enterprise
application development from concept to production faster with the new UMLTM
designer and Model Driven Archit... (more)
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
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)
(September 4, 2003) - A special edition of Altova XMLSPY 5 will be included
within future editions of Borland Delphi Studio, Borland C++ Builder, and
Borland C#Builder for the Microsoft .NET Framework IDEs. By combining a
special version of the Altova XMLSPY 5 XML development environment with
Borland XML enabled software development environments, the Borland developer
community can easily model, edit, test, and debug XML-enabled enterprise
"XML technologies have become an increasingly important aspect of enterprise
software development projects," said Simon Thornhill, vice president and
general manager of .NET solutions at Borland. "Our goal is to provide
development teams with the tools they need to tackle their most challenging
projects. By combining our XML enabled IDEs with Altova XMLSPY 5, we are
helping to increase developer productivity, providi... (more)
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
2005 JDJ Readers' Choice Awards:
There are 26 categories in this year's JDJ awards. In the coveted "Best Java
Application Server" categor... (more)
Development and help authoring tools provider, ComponentOne's UI components,
WebMenus and WebBars for ASP.NET, will be offered to customers who purchase
ASP.NET 2.0 hosting packages from DiscountASP.NET.
ComponentOne and DiscountASP.NET have again partnered to provide ASP.NET
developers with the leading suite of ASP.NET AJAX ready components for
building next-generation Web interfaces. The WebMenus and WebBars for ASP.NET
component suite was named the winner of the 2006 Visual Studio Magazine
Reader’s Choice award in the UI Components, Web Forms category by the
readers of Visual Studio Magazine. The latest release, 2006 v3, provides
ASP.NET AJAX-ready Menu, Toolbar, Tabstrip, Treeview, and TopicBar UI
components allowing developers to add highly-interactive, AJAX-enabled
UI’s to their ASP.NET Web sites and applications.
All customers who purchase a hosting... (more)
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)
Another of the old guard has collapsed. Borland has finally given up the
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
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)