Web Development Briefs: Jumbuck, Borland, CA

Web Development Briefs: Jumbuck, Borland, CA

WAP developer woos Telstra for six-month trialWireless software developer Jumbuck has signed on to a six-month fixed fee contract to supply its WAP-based chat room services to Telstra mobile phone subscribers.

Jumbuck chief executive officer Adrian Rischmueller was unable to disclose the financial terms of the agreement and said it was a trial period worth "significant" revenues.

Five months ago Jumbuck signed a contract with US carrier Sprint PCS for the same service, which receives around half a million hits per day. This is more WAP traffic per day than the total amount of traffic in Australia.

Jumbuck also signed up Globe Telecom in the Philippines and is now targeting other English-speaking Asian markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, before approaching European telcos in the middle of this year.

Borland patches problem

Borland has posted a software patch on its Web site to fix a potential security flaw discovered in versions 4.0 through 6.0 of its InterBase product.

The company said the flaw could allow illegal access to the database's "metadata" or data, which describes the content of a database for access purposes.

While the vulnerability wouldn't "necessarily" mean that database content could be viewed or altered illegally, tampering with the metadata could leave a database inoperable, the company said.

Borland CEO Dale Fuller said the company was alerted to the problem by the InterBase open source community.

The patch is available for Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX and SCO. Customers can download and execute the patch by logging on to out of the box?

Computer Associates' InterBiz division ACCPAC International has released a Web store creation and management product it claims is able to provide "comprehensive back-office integration out of the box".

The company is marketing the new product, eTransact, as being able to integrate seamlessly with ACCPAC's accounting software, a development which aims to make business on the Web easier for the SME market, and no doubt increase the sales of both ACCPAC's accounting and Web products.

Using Allaire ColdFusion technology, the software provides 40 of 50 templates for businesses to use to link their financial software to the Web interface. At present, eTransact only works with about half of ACCPAC's range but assistant vice president of research and development Daithi Holden expects the entire range of ACCPAC financials to work with eTransact within a few months.

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