By: Bob Arnson
Abstract: Daily news summary for 15 November 1999. By Bob Arnson.
Application service providers -- companies that provide applications over the
Internet -- are a significantly growing segment in the IT industry. Inprise
Corp. is poised to be in the thick of things with a strategy announced by
interim president and CEO Dale Fuller at this week's American Electronics
Association conference and relayed to company customers at the 1999 Borland
Conference in Brisbane, Queensland.
According to market analysts at International Data Corp., worldwide spending
for ASPs will increase from US$150 million in 1999 to more than US$2 billion by
According to Fuller, Inprise's strategy for serving application service
providers consists of three layers. The first -- the user layer -- gives
users a single point of entry and a universal registration system from which to
access applications from various ASPs. The transport layer lets users
access ASP-hosted applications on different types of devices. Finally, a messaging
layer allows different applications, including applications from different ASPs,
to communicate with one another.
Execs down under: VP of developer relations David Intersimone, VP of sales
& marketing for Asia Ray Bradbery, and interim president and CEO Dale Fuller
at the 1999 Borland Conference in Australia. Photo by Danny Thorpe.
Fuller also announced plans for Inprise AppServices, a service to build and
host solutions that integrate software and services from multiple ASPs through a
Web-based portal. "AppServices will enable end-users to access their
applications and desktop via any networked device, operating system or protocol,
using a standard browser interface," the company said.
If you're ready to jump head-first into XML for your C++ business-to-business
applications, South Wind Design
Inc. has the answer in its xmlFX
Developer Toolkit for C++. xmlFX is a C++ class library designed for
transactional documents -- data packets usually intended for machine-to-machine
communication. The product supports its own Simple
XML Query Language for querying XML documents.
xmlFX Developer Toolkit for C++ is available in both object code and source
code, starting at US$495.
The granddaddy of all memory- and resource-leak detectors proves
that maturity is something to be respected. NuMega
from Compuware Corp., is
now available in version 6.2, with support for Windows 2000, Release Candidate
2. Compuware states that "[s]upport
for the final released version of Windows 2000 will be available immediately
upon that product's release."
BoundsChecker 6.2's new features include:
event and error roll-ups, which combine duplicate events and
errors to provide a better overview.
a memory viewer to examine memory that a program has
allocated and help diagnose leaks.
an API to control error reporting and the memory viewer.
BoundsChecker 6.2 supports Delphi
5 and Borland
4.0. BoundsChecker is also available in a Visual
C++ Edition that supports Visual C++ 6.0. For Visual Basic, Compuware offers
BoundsChecker cousin SmartCheck
Have you ever had to roll out large updates or even -- maybe
especially -- small updates to applications or system configurations on hundreds
or thousands of machines? If so, you might appreciate LANovation's
newest release: PC
Updater v. 2.2.
PC Updater helps developers package software updates into self-installing
executables that requires no user or administrator intervention. No scripts are
required, and because PC Updater creates self-installing executables, administrators can sign
them to reassure users that they're virus-free.
PC Updater includes an expert that monitors your system for any changes you
might want to distribute, including registry changes, driver installations,
and application installations.
If you can't wait to start using Wireless Application
Protocol-based devices, talk your company into springing for Nokia's
Server. Claiming a successful beta test of thousands of companies and
developers, Nokia says it will release WAP Server 1.0 on 15 Dec.
Nokia claims WAP
1.1 spec compatibility for WAP Server 1.0, and lays title to the first
commercially available implementation of the Wireless Transportation Layer
A trial version of WAP Server and a new version of the Nokia WAP
Toolkit will both be available in December on Nokia's Web site.
Pricing for Nokia WAP Server for corporate use starts at US$10K.
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