I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by
the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.
Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old
enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain
cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up
and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal
because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on
water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly
already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can
already no longer be with us?
The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last
time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his
language was named. It was in the context ... (more)
Flex has gotten popular lately because of its rich GUI capabilities. It also
comes in handy with HTTPService and Web Service components connecting to
back-end servers to fetch and update data. But using this mechanism to talk
to the back-end server requires formulating a unique service object from the
Flex side, making a request, and getting back data from the back-end either
in XML or plain text format. The response data then has to be parsed and fed
to the Flex objects to update the UI. For small to medium-size Flex projects
it's a viable solution, but for enterprise projects w... (more)
Experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have been
considering the future of Web apps vs desktop apps. While they predict that
any gap between web and desktop software will narrow in the future, one wild
card is how well hybrid webtop/desktop applications will match the features
of their desktop cousins.
"Creating a cross-platform application that 'feels right' to individual users
of Windows, Mac and Linux platforms is a tricky task," notes Kendall
Whitehouse, senior director of information technology at Wharton, at one
point in the discussion, recorded in ... (more)
Creating reporting applications in AJAX is often more challenging than
developing data entry CRUD applications. Reporters usually need to process
lots of data, preferably on the client side to minimize the amount of
information that goes through the wire. Reporters need to know how to apply
formulas, group the data, and calculate totals and subtotals. Add to the mix
a requirement to give the end user an ability to customize the look and feel
of the report, and you're facing a serious project. Currently AJAX frameworks
don't offer advanced reporting capabilities. So let's go over ... (more)
Rich Internet Applications offer the potential to fundamentally change the
user experience and in doing so, yield significant business benefits. The
theme of this October's AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2008 West is 'Beyond AJAX
to the RIA Era' and the Call for Papers, which is still open, specifically
encourages submissions from exceptional speakers with high-quality use cases
of the fast-emerging RIA alternatives.
Call for Papers Now Open - Submit Your Speaking Proposal Here !
The business value of RIAs is very clear: aesthetics do matter and users
would like a pleasant experience.... (more)
Adobe, the subject of a lot of Wall Street downgrades lately, pre-announced
Wednesday and said it will fall short of its revenue target of $800
million-$850 million for the February quarter.
Instead it should clear 30 cents a share (GAAP) on revenues of $783
That would be 44 cents or 45 cents a share on a non-GAAP basis. The numbers
work out to a 26%-26.5% gross margin on a GAAP basis and 37%-37.5% on a
non-GAAP basis, slightly less than it had hoped for but within range thanks
to cost controls.
Everybody knows that Adobe’s Creative Suite 4 hasn’t been sell... (more)