Web Development Briefs: ISA, McAfee, XML

Web Development Briefs: ISA, McAfee, XML

ISA profits from partners

Web application developer Internet Solutions Australia has completed another government contract as a partner of IT services giant CSC.

ISA developed a wireless search application for the ACT Police which delivers real-time access via mobile phones and PDAs to vehicle and driver information stored in police and motor registry databases throughout Australia.

The developer has been involved with several cutting edge projects thanks to its joint pitching with CSC, including the $6 million development of a government Web site that enables ACT car owners to renew licensing and registration of vehicles online.

McAfee granted patent on software as a has been granted a patent by the US Patent Office covering the company's service of delivering software through Web browsers.

The patent covers both the business and technology models currently used by to deliver its security, management and optimisation services. The technology integrates a series of scripts, software objects and back-end systems, with a mark-up language like HTML or XML, to deliver up-to-date applications through a standard Web browser.

The patenting of business models has drawn a good deal of controversy over the past few years. and were each granted patents for business methods that critics argue should not have been patentable.

Demystifying XML

The Australian office of German

company Software AG has decided to run a series of XML courses in an attempt to counter the lack of knowledge in the market on what is widely considered to be the primary standard for

communications between applications.

Tagged the "XML Academy", the courses will be held in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney and will involve generic XML courses and those tied in directly with Software AG's products.

The software vendor is also offering a certification program it hopes will become an industry-wide standard for professional accreditation in XML.

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