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Web Development Briefs: Sun, IBM, online banking

Web Development Briefs: Sun, IBM, online banking

Online banking hits greater heights

Australia may have reached an all-time high in online banking, according to new figures released by analyst Jupiter Media Metrix.

The statistics revealed that 56 per cent of the home/work Internet population have clicked through to business and finance sites, racking up a new high of four million unique visitors in the last three months.

By the end of July, the Commonwealth Bank had received 1.2 million visitors, a mere 100,000 ahead of Westpac and ANZ.

The National Australia Bank clocked up around 700,000 hits, while St George was unable to significantly increase its relatively low share of surfers.

Sun blasts Hailstorm

The battle for Web services

domination has seen a lot of mud raking, with Sun firing the latest shot across the bow of Microsoft and IBM.

Sun criticised Microsoft's and IBM's attempts at becoming the central service brokers for Web services, with their Hailstorm and Eliza projects respectively. Sun claims the vendors will be competing with a mass of developers and service providers that can offer Web services en masse.

Sun representatives said that, in contrast, their strategy was to provide the necessary infrastructure for Web services.

IBM wears Smart Tag

IBM has partnered with a small developer to offer users of its Websphere Portal Server an application that ties data in back-end servers to related words on a Web site, a feature similar to Microsoft's controversial Smart Tags.

IBM has teamed with Atomica to distribute an application called Answer Delivery, which can be used to turn every word on a Web site or in a Windows-based application into a Web link. Users can then click on a word while holding down the "Alt" key and access related data from a corporate database or Atomica's own database of general information.


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