Hitting the market, New products

Hitting the market, New products

Opera releases 4.0 beta of Windows browserOpera Software has announced the release of a beta version of its Opera 4.0 Elektra for Windows Internet browser software.

The Norwegian software vendor is still ironing out a few last minute bugs, but a spokesperson said the new beta version of the browser software is hopefully now available for download from the company's Web site.

Versions for software platforms other than Microsoft Windows, including the open-source Linux operating system, are also under development, the spokesperson said. The release date for the commercial version of Opera 4.0 has yet to be set.

Opera 4.0 is faster and easier to port to other operating systems than its predecessors, and also features several other improvements, including an e-mail client and 128-bit encryption, the company said.

Designed around a core that is independent of any one operating system, Opera 4.0, in addition to HTML (hypertext markup language) 4.0 and HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol) 1.1, also offers support for extensible markup language (XML), wireless markup language (WML), JavaScript 1.3 and ECMAScript, Opera Software said.

The 4.0 version will also feature support for cascading style sheets as well as secure sockets ayer (SSL) versions 2 and 3, the company said.

Earlier this month, the company also released the final English-language version of Opera 3.62 for Windows, which is available for Windows operating systems ranging from 3.1 to the recently introduced 2000 iteration aimed at business

Compuware offers

measurement tool

Compuware has announced the availability of EcoPredictor 3.0, a tool that allows e-businesses to predict the performance of applications before deployment.

The need for smooth offline simulation will warrant greater attention in the future, said Bill Gassman, senior research analyst at US-based GartnerGroup.

"The old days of trial and error are over," Gassman said. "People have to do these simulations when you start changing applications and networks.

These tools are good ‘ballpark' rules. It gives you an idea of where you are and if you can handle the load."

Gassman said products such as EcoPredictor 3.0 are becoming more important because they provide administrators with a close look into the network without putting any increased strain on or adding extra traffic to it during the simulation.

EcoPredictor can overlay e-commerce, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), e-mail, or other application transactions onto live background traffic, said Compuware officials.

EcoPredictor - which came to Compuware via its CACI acquisition late last year - signals an attempt by the company to steadily divert from its familiar point-solution application development market to the realm of network infrastructure management, Compuware officials releases new Content ManagerIBM has unveiled Content Manager, a platform for integrating, accessing, and managing disparate data types for applications that tap into multiple sources.

Supporting industry standard data types from XML to HTML, as well as various development language standards including JavaBeans and ActiveX Controls, IBM Content Manager combines several existing IBM products to centralise content management.

"Data management is not just about rows and columns anymore; companies need to manage all sorts of content," said Janet Perna, general manager of IBM's data management solutions group.

"The companies best able to leverage all forms of information will be the winners in the new economy."

Although some pieces of the Content Manager have their roots in earlier IBM products, the software at the heart of Content Manager is new, and the product will ship with DB2 as well as IBM's WebSphere application server. launches site to share reusable codeMicrosoft has announced the release of a free online library of reusable Microsoft or third-party code, available immediately for use by developers.

Called the Code Librarian Update, the service will host any Microsoft Office or Visual Basic for Applications-enabled application, Microsoft said in a statement.

Developers can use the service by downloading code and dragging and dropping it into any Office-enabled application.

The site, updated monthly, is available at librarian.asp.

The service is an expanded Web-based version of the Code Librarian, a feature of Microsoft Office 2000 Developer that offered a database of pre-written code, Microsoft said.

Microsoft Visio 2000 posted more than 100 functions with the service, to be used by developers with Visio and with integration with Office 2000, Microsoft XML Central and FileMaker Developer 5 arrive FileMaker last week released a new extensible markup language (XML) documentation and learning resource for IT professionals and Web developers using FileMaker Pro 5 and FileMaker Pro 5 Unlimited.

The resource, called FileMaker XML Central, details the XML support in FileMaker Pro and includes several learning links for training on XML and XML-formatting technologies.

FileMaker XML Central will also be shipped with FileMaker Developer 5 due for release in April, allowing developers to deploy XML solutions using dynamic data from their FileMaker Pro 5 database.

FileMaker Developer 5 will retail at $870 or $650 for an updates Commerce software Responding to the increased need for tools to securely migrate business processes to the Web, Solomon Software recently released Solomon IV Web Commerce software that the company claims will allow businesses to Web-enable their sales order processes on the run.

The software integrates its customisable Web-site front with a company's back end, enabling companies and customers to query the database for stock availability, order status, pricing and order online.

Solomon IV was built using Microsoft Site Server Commerce

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