Web Development Briefs

Web Development Briefs

Software tax facility not to be missed

Assistant Tax Commissioner Andrew Waite is urging business and financial software developers to visit the Tax Office's Registered Software Facility (RSF) Web site to take advantage of the site's information, software testing and registration facilities. The RSF now provides up-to-the-minute tax specifications and scenarios against which software can be tested to ensure it meets Tax Office forms pactMercury Interactive, a provider of Web performance management solutions, has announced an alliance with Intel to assist e-businesses in delivering scalable, high-performance Web applications to their customers. As a part of this effort, Intel will utilise Mercury's Web performance monitoring and testing solutions for Intel's e-business demonstrations and testing centres.

Meanwhile, Mercury Interactive has announced that its Java testing tool, WinRunnerÒ, has been awarded the Reader's Choice Award by Java Developer's Journal ( in the Best Java Testing Tool category.

Linux gets boost from Hewlett-Packard, IntelMarking the latest industry embrace of open-source advocates, Hewlett-Packard and Intel have released a free IA-64 developers kit that allows the Linux community to develop, test, debug, and run IA-64 applications for Intel's upcoming Itanium processor-based servers and workstations.

Available for download from either the HP or Intel Web site, both companies expect a run on the new development kit because it enables developers to use current IA-32 systems to emulate 64-bit Linux environments running on Intel Itanium processor systems. Developers download three components from either HP or Intel: the IA-64 simulator, which mimics the 64-bit environment on a conventional Pentium III-powered system; the IA-64 Linux file system, which is the real kernel that would run inside a 64-bit box; and what Intel is calling "The Nue Environment", a compiler and editor that allows for testing.

Until now, Linux software developers needed access to actual IA-64 systems before testing and debugging could be performed - a requirement that was expensive and inconvenient.

The Itanium processor and Intel's IA-64 architecture are both scheduled to begin shipping before the end of the year.

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