The year in Web development saw two languages emerge that are both touted as being the infrastructure to determine the future direction of the Internet economy. The first is extensible mark-up language (XML), which is expected to become the fundamental standard for conducting business transactions on the Internet.
The Internet industry has come to grips with what many players have been saying all along, that business-to-business(B2B) transactions is the area where the Internet will be an important cost-saving tool. The initial hype over business-to-consumer sales has subsided as dot-coms have proved to be a difficult business to run profitably. And as B2B becomes the flavour of the month, XML has been pushed forward as the answer to any interoperability issues between business systems.
Pitched in the same light is Java, a technology Sun Microsystems is very slowly loosening its control over, it is becoming increasingly popular among Web developers. Its appeal is reflected in a variety of developer groups worldwide, such as the Australian Java Users Group. Java is becoming quite a thorn in the side of Microsoft's .Net strategy, a mass of technologies based on the C# language which basically aim to facilitate the migration of user data and applications off the client device and on to the Internet.
On the local front, the year began with solid success stories out of creative Web development groups such as LibertyOne's ZIVO, Spike and Sausage. But the technology crash hit these companies particularly hard, with the fledgling LibertyOne having to sell out the management of its business to an Asian-based venture group, iReality.
Developer highlights 2000
10/05 Will DoJ open bottle of MS source?
The radical suggestion that Microsoft may be forced to open the source code for Windows has caused much debate within the local Linux market09/06 Spike gets go-ahead for Asian JV Spike Networks shareholders voted unanimously yesterday on the formation of a joint venture company with Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW), which will be the core of a company reorganisation already underway14/06 IDC bills XML as next big thing' Local Web community hesitant over XML adoption, despite analyst predictions21/06 Web Developer skills in high demand Businesses across Australia clamour for Internet and intranet resources, creating a scarcity of Web talent21/06 Sun releases new Java Architecture CertificationAfter months of delay, Sun Microsystems has released details of the new Java architecture certification, but the wait is not yet over for Australian Java users wanting to upgrade their skills and qualifications19/07 Bullant not stung by Government The Federal Government has granted more than $3.7 million in a commercialisation loan to help Web development firm Bullant Technology go to market.
16/08 MS details .Net philosophies
In a somewhat understated example of Microsoft's typical pre-launch hype, the company has detailed the philosophies behind its new .Net strategy. To nail it on the head, .Net is the philosophical and technical platform on which all of Microsoft's future product development is based13/09 LibertyOne slashes and burns The management and board of LibertyOne have decided to free themselves of the majority of their business units in a massive cost-cutting exercise aimed at restoring financial balance at the troubled companyAll of these stories and more can be found in ARN's online database at www.arnnet.com.au