Web Development Briefs: UTS, Amnesia, AMD

Web Development Briefs: UTS, Amnesia, AMD

Mastering e-business

The University of Technology in Sydney and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are introducing a new course for technology students to counter the shortage of skilled e-business professionals at executive level.

As of March, postgraduate students at UTS will be offered a Masters of Science in e-Business Technology, designed to provide students with technical and strategic expertise for the technology sector.

The course content will be based on the management consulting practice of PwC, with experienced consultants contributing course content.

"We have reached a point where IT academics and business must work hand-in-hand to ensure universities provide graduates with the opportunity to develop the skills they need to gain high-level jobs and be truly effective in the workplace," said Michael Fry, dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at UTS.

Going to Disneyland

Sydney design agency Amnesia has scored a contract to develop the new worldwide homepage of Disney International.

Amnesia won the project after designing seven Web-based children's games for Disney last year.

Amnesia is a design and development house with over 30 designers, back-end developers and business consultants offering print and Web publishing, as well as brand development and marketing/advertising services.

"It's great to see that Australia is gaining some recognition for its world-class Web design," said Amnesia's creative director, Terry Carney. "Hopefully this will pave the way for more international companies to seek out Australian creative teams to develop their Web sites."

Hammer time

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has demonstrated a software development tool for its next-generation "Hammer" family of 64-bit processors at the LinuxWorld conference in New York and the Linux Expo conference in Paris.

In mid-January, AMD forged a deal with Swedish simulation developer Virtutech AB to create the "VirtuHammer" tool. Software developers can use the tool to write and test 64-bit programs for AMD's Hammer family of processors, scheduled for release in the first half of 2002.

Virtutech's Simics software allows a computer using the 32-bit AMD Athlon processor to simulate the operations of a 64-bit Hammer processor-based computer, allowing developers to use currently available technology to test and debug their 64-bit software.

Intel is expected to release its 64-bit Itanium processors before mid-year.

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