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These days everyone is talking about AJAX. It’s supposed to be a cool way of creating Web applications. The idea is noble: instead of rendering an entire HTML page on each little change on the page, it’s much better to send an asynchronous request that will  get the data for you and refresh only the relevant portion of the screen. Every author writing on AJAX is giving the same (the only? ) example where this technology is being used: Google maps and email. (BTW, I’m a little sick of these examples). Since I’m not going to be helping Google in improving their maps, I’d like to see some real-world examples implementing  this technology.  Ajax proponents will immediately come with this exciting example of how great it is to refresh some  screen info as the user enters character in a text field. And here's  a sample conversation that might have happened between an imag... (more)

Red Hat's Google Web Toolkit play: The untold story of world domination

Red Hat is partnering with Google to build on Google's Web Toolkit (GWT), technology that enables users to cross-compile and optimize Java code as JavaScript for use in different browsers. ... (more)

Is it a sin to like Microsoft?

I signed up for a Windows Live account today. I just got the new T-Mobile Dash Windows smartphone and I wanted an email account that I could use specifically for the phone (otherwise, I have to sync email accounts with my Mac and that's a pain). I thought about using Google Mail, as I just set up my daughter's Dash with it and it works fine, but the Dash has a built in client for Microsoft Live accounts and, well, it's just simpler to use than going all the loops and twists to make Google mail IMAP work on the phone. Once I was in and exploring my new Live space and inviting people in, I began to think about all the criticism that would soon be flying my way. After all, I was signing up for the Borg version of a personal site. Then I began to get a little annoyed. What's so bad about using Microsoft's products if they meet your needs? Have we gone so far to the left i... (more)

Sun Microsystems Selected to Support Northrop Grumman in Development of Nationwide Health-Information Network

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. , the creator and leading advocate of Java(TM) technology, announced today that it will support a consortium led by Northrop Grumman Corporation to help in the development of a prototype for a nationwide health-information network architecture. The effort will proceed in conjunction with other contracts awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on November 10, 2005. Designed to establish a secure, standards-compliant framework for the nationwide exchange of electronic health records, this prototype architecture represents an important step in realizing President Bush's vision for an interoperable electronic health record for every American. With an extensive legacy in the healthcare space (based on the recent acquisition of SeeBeyond) and as one of the few IT syste... (more)

Cingular Ayuda a Resolver Misterios Musicales con su Servicio de Identificación de Música

ATLANTA, 13 de febrero /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless ha eliminado las conjeturas en la identificación de canciones con su servicio de identificaciín de música, MusicID. Disponible en dos formatos -- Mensaje de Texto y Aplicación JAVA -- MusicID utiliza la red digital de voz de Cingular para escuchar e identificar una canción de la radio, televisión, CD o alguna otra fuente externa. Cingular es la compañía cellular en Norteamérica en lanzar identificación de música con la opción de mensaje de texto y en la aplicación descarga avanzada (JAVA). "El principal beneficio es ayudar a las personas a mantener una mejor conexión con su música mientras se movilizan durante el día", señaló Jim Ryan, vicepresidente de servicios de datos de Cingular Wireless. "Con MusicID, cualquier persona que haya escuchado una excelente canción pero que no sabe el nombre de ella o del art... (more)

Mirror Image Internet Taps Wowza Media Systems for Multi-Protocol Streaming Capabilities

Mirror Image® Internet, a leading provider of content delivery solutions powered by a patented global network, today announced its partnership with Wowza Media Systems®, an emerging leader in streaming media software, to deliver high-performance streaming via Wowza Media Server® Pro Advanced. Wowza Media Server Pro Advanced is a high-performance, extensible and a fully interactive multi-protocol media server for live and on-demand streaming, chat, and recording. The product enables companies to use streaming protocols that work with Microsoft Corporation’s Silverlight™, Apple Incorporated’s iPhone™, RTMP for Flash®, RTSP/RTP for QuickTime™, and MPEG-TS for IPTV set-top boxes. “Wowza gives us the ability to support our customers’ streaming needs in a number of ways, regardless of budget, bandwidth, protocol, or future content plans,” said James G. Hart, Vice Preside... (more)

Precise Transaction Performance Management Pays Off for VocaLink

REDWOOD SHORES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/29/09 -- Precise today announced that VocaLink, the international payment specialists who securely process over nine billion payments a year, uses Precise's Transaction Performance Management (TPM) solution to ensure its Java-based bank payments system. VocaLink, which already processes 15 percent of European payments, faces a 10 percent increase in transaction volume this year as it expands into other European markets, beginning with Sweden. "VocaLink is a key part of the U.K.'s economic infrastructure," said Peter O'Connor, capacity-planning manager at VocaLink. "We run a complex mixture of Oracle and one of the world's largest Java implementations. VocaLink chose Precise to help us deliver the reliability required and as we grow our business we trust Precise to help us monitor transactions for customers in new markets." ... (more)

Honor Society Announces Additional Fashionably Late Tour Dates

NEW YORK, Sept. 16./PRNewswire/ -- Up-and-coming pop music stars, Honor Society (www.honorsocietymusic.com), today announced even more dates and cities for The Fashionably Late Tour -- their second headlining tour this year. The band also announced that Tennman recording artist, Esmee Denters, will join the tour as their special guest. The tour is presented by USA Pears and kicks off in Minneapolis on September 21 at the Varsity Theater. Honor Society's debut album, Fashionably Late, is available online and in stores now. From their humble house party beginnings in the suburbs of New Jersey to their recent national spotlight including coverage on People.com and Billboard Magazine, Honor Society is now becoming an emerging name on the airwaves after having their new single "Over You" highlighted on XM Satellite Radio's KISS FM channel, on Z100 in New York and ... (more)

ECM Company, Oceanus, Pushes Ahead With Global Expansion

Oceanus Limited today announced the landmark acquisition of Erilis, a leading provider of design and delivery services for IBM® FileNet® P8 solutions. This acquisition brings certified training and expert delivery of the full range of education programmes for the IBM® FileNet® suite of products and compliments Oceanus’ existing skills with Java and Agile development expertise. Oceanus will now be able to offer existing customers IBM® FileNet® support and system delivery across Asia Pacific as well as develop new international business in the region. Over the last five years Erilis has successfully carved out a valuable niche in the IBM® FileNet® space. The company is recognised as the most experienced training organisation for IBM® FileNet® software in the Asia Pacific region. Erilis also provides analysis, design, configuration and customisation services to large ... (more)

Panopticon Software Partners with QlikTech to Provide Real-Time Visual Data Monitoring and Analysis Dashboards

STOCKHOLM, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Panopticon Software, the leading provider of visual data analysis software for real-time, CEP and historical time series data, today announced a partnership with QlikTech, a leader in Business Discovery – user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), to offer enhanced, real-time visualization capabilities for the QlikView Business Discovery platform.  As a result, customers will have the tools to extract even more value from their existing QlikView implementations and stay ahead of the fast-changing requirements particularly in the areas of real-time trading, risk monitoring, and analysis. QlikTech's powerful, accessible Business Discovery solution bridges the gap between traditional business intelligence (BI) solutions and standalone office productivity applications. Its QlikView Business Discovery platform enables intuitive use... (more)

Information Professionals Needed: Jobs Waiting for Candidates With Business, Cloud, Social and Big Data Skill Sets

SILVER SPRING, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 12/05/12 -- A new whitepaper by AIIM, the global community of information professionals, identifies a high demand for qualified information professionals who have a combination of business experience and a broad base of general IT skills, but who also understand how to manage content and information lifecycles. According to the report "Career Development for Information Professionals," underwritten by Oracle, there is a recognition of the changes and challenges in technology at the moment, and a strong desire to update and broaden skill sets to meet the new demands. The role of information professional is seen as vital to successful exploitation of mobile, social, big data and cloud technologies, and for many has become an aspirational mid-point between technical specialist and business generalist. Currently, there is an optimisti... (more)