Stories by Maggie Biggs

  • Synergy rolls with changes

    It doesn’t take a catastrophic event to derail a coding project. Projects can fail when mundane aspects of a project’s life cycle, such as tracking change requests, are not managed properly. Likewise, build and release processes that rely on manual steps or a lot of developer interaction can reduce team productivity, which in turn slows down the overall project cycle.

  • Stretching middleware

    Integrating dissimilar and far-flung enterprise assets can be daunting. But IT executives can successfully address the issue by selecting mid-tier technologies that can act as scalable hubs.

  • Tailoring a snug fit

    Arguing that Linux is not a viable desktop candidate is no longer valid. With the 8.0 release of its self-named Linux adaptation, Red Hat has proven that all the Linux desktop needs now is adoption by business-applications developers.

  • Review: Finding an opening

    Open-source databases, including MySQL and PostgreSQL, are marching into the enterprise via their inclusion in major Linux distributions, which are quickly growing in usage on middle-tier servers and back-end clusters.

  • Wish on a star come true

    When you think of office productivity suites, the word "choice" probably does not spring to mind. For years, Microsoft Office has had the upper hand and majority market share when it comes to creating and supporting business documents.

  • Solaris ups the OS ante

    Among enterprise-class operating systems, Sun Microsystems' Solaris already carries a reputation for solidly supporting mission-critical applications.

  • Oracle spells services

    As enterprise IT strategists hone their plans for Web services, corporate developers must begin working with tools that will let them rapidly create and deploy them. For Java-based enterprises, a plethora of tools is available that can speed up Web-services implementations. One such solution is Oracle9i JDeveloper 4, part of Oracle's Oracle9i Developer Suite.

  • NextPage gets back to business

    Intelligent agents will appear on the next-generation Internet to link distributed business processes and possibly tighten application integration. Technology leaders who plan to take advantage of this innovation should put the best solutions in place now to manage Web-based access to distributed content.

  • Red Hat covers all bases

    The current economic downturn has forced business and IT leaders to focus on technology strategies that are forward-thinking yet budget-minded. Open-source solutions are well-suited to today's market conditions because they are typically more economical than commercial software and because they incorporate technological advances and bug fixes faster than their commercial counterparts, thanks to an open and ongoing development process.

  • Tools on par for business app creation

    Setting corporate standards for development tools can be a lot like herding cats. Most software developers are quite particular about which tools they use. Some developers prefer coding with a text editor, such as VI or Emacs on Unix or WordPad on Windows. Others like the productivity boost provided by the aids available in IDEs.

  • A better plan for software QA

    Mention the words "software quality" to any business or technology leader (or even any business or technology end user) and you'll undoubtedly start a lively conversation.

  • VelociGen speeds mid-tier transactions

    Making the move to electronic business can be tricky, particularly when it comes to integrating enterprise data and resources. If this is a goal of your organisation, one option is to deploy one or more application servers that support component-level integration. Binary Evolution's VelociGen for Perl 2.0 (VEP) is an alternative to that approach for integrating enterprise data and resources into e-business applications. VEP is a Web-server plug-in that uses Perl scripting to link corporate data, Extensible Markup Language documents, and more into Web-based business applications. The company also offers VelociGen for Tcl (VET) - another server-side plug-in that uses the Tcl scripting language to integrate the enterprise.

  • PowerDesigner weds apps, data

    Building and deploying applications without a solid design is akin to constructing a home without a foundation. In both situations, additional costs are usually incurred later to `shore up' the product to assure its long-term stability. Sybase's PowerDesigner 7.0 is a suite of software-modelling tools that are accessible via a common shell, letting development teams and database administrators work together to rapidly create solid application foundations. Although a purchase of PowerDesigner will require some initial training for IT staffers, it will save money in the long run by enabling rapid application design, improved software quality, and a reduction in application maintenance costs.

  • WebLogic Server ideal for Web apps

    Two of the major issues facing agencies considering application server deployments are the integration of the application server within an existing infrastructure and the degree to which distributed applications can grow over time. There also are other challenges inherent in these types of projects, such as security, reliability and the cost investment needed for a successful deployment.

  • Cygnus delivers Linux dev power

    At the recent LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Jose, Cygnus Solutions released Version 1.0 of its Code Fusion integrated development environment (IDE) for Linux. Linux developers will find that Code Fusion's facilities meet the challenges of creating C, C++, and Java applications - whether commercial, corporate, or open source.