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Sean Rhody

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Like many people in the industry, I'm torn over open source software. I'm not opposed to developers creating software and deciding they do it for the love of programming, and have no need for payment - if they want to give their work away, I see no reason why they shouldn't be able to do so, although I think the people who want all software to be free should first get uniform agreement from everyone in the industry to work for nothing before they get on that soapbox. Even though I run a magazine in my spare time, I make my living designing software, and I personally don't want to do it for free. I'm not opposed to people who want to develop for fun, or for the pure joy of programming. Lots of students in college do this, and many hardcore programmers who don't get enough code during the day seem to grind it out after hours as well. Eventually though, the economics ca... (more)

SOA and Services

When I was a kid, which seems like just yesterday (and no comments from the peanut gallery), I loved playing with LEGO, making imaginary ray guns, space ships, and other things that amuse the average boy. LEGO's popularity and longevity have to be due in no small part to the ability to assemble a new creation from basic components. Mashups are the IT version of LEGO (or at least the creations we used to make with all the little blocks). They are part of the breakthrough we've been waiting for in the user interface space for quite some time. Our interfaces had become boring, and ... (more)

Living On The Edge

This is my first note to let everyone know about the plans for our very own, SYS-CON-sponsored JavaEdge2001 International Java Developer Conference & Expo. This year's conference will be held in New York City from September 23 to September 26. As a corporation, SYS-CON has committed to providing leading-edge information, training, and exhibits in a number of areas that we serve via publications. In addition to the JavaEdge conference, we've also scheduled conferences for XML (XMLEdge2001), wireless (WirelessEdge2002), Linux (LinuxEdge2002), and ColdFusion (ColdFusionEdge2002). It... (more)

Jack, Be Nimble

Are you nimble enough? That seems to be the new buzzword in the Internet world. Nimble. Nimbleness. Nimbler. My development team is nimbler than yours. Being nimble is the name of the game today. It's not enough to be good developers, we've got to be quick developers. What's driving this? What's wrong with the way we've been doing business? I can name that tune in two words ­ the Internet. The sensationalism surrounding each new dot.com IPO has created a market in which the business plan is to be first at any cost. Many of the companies going public nowadays have a business plan... (more)

Sybase PowerJ 3.0

Web-development of every kind is one focus of Sybase PowerJ 3.0 (see Figure 1). In addition to a complete Java development environment, PowerJ comes with a set of tools that differentiates it from other Java IDEs on the market. These tools are PowerDynamo, a Web site hosting tool that allows you to drive a Web site from a database; PowerSite, a Web site management tool; Adaptive Server Anywhere, a small-footprint relational database; ObjectCycle, a source code control package; and Enterprise Application Server. Sybase is also lowering the price of PowerJ, placing it in the $600­$... (more)