Stories by Eric Hammond

  • Portal Server guards corporate info

    Enterprise knowledge portals, or EKPs, provide a way for companies to realise the full potential of Web technology. As an EKP pulls together information from across the enterprise, it gives employees, customers, and business partners unprecedented access to the information they need to do their jobs, including buying services or products from the company.

  • CA ControlIT 5.0 immature, but promising

    Remote control can be a valuable tool in any enterprise network. Controlling end-user systems as well as network servers remotely can lead to better service for end users and more efficient use of support resources. But if it's poorly administered, remote control can be a huge threat to an enterprise network: often, the easiest way to break in to a large network is to scan phone systems or networks for PCs running remote-control software with little or no protection.

  • SQL-Programmer simplifies development efforts

    Sylvain Faust International's SQL-Programmer provides a powerhouse SQL development environment that should make database programmers significantly more productive. I checked out SQL-Programmer with the PL/SQL Debugger option, which provides a full-featured debugger for Oracle's procedural SQL language, PL/SQL. Database administrators will like SQL-Programmer's capability to manage permissions on the objects in a database. Designers will benefit from its capability to create and edit objects with control over every parameter associated with a given object.

  • Safetynet's Yes2K catches Y2K bugs on NT

    Here are several confusing questions surrounding year 2000 issues on PCs: is Windows NT year 2000 compliant? If not, what effect will non-compliant hardware have on NT? Microsoft has done little to alleviate this confusion, but Safetynet has a solution: its Yes2K NT is designed to get around NT's hardware abstraction layer, which masks hardware characteristics from some applications, and it gets to the heart of the year 2000 issue on a PC.Here are several confusing questions surrounding year 2000 issues on PCs: is Windows NT year 2000 compliant? If not, what effect will non-compliant hardware have on NT? Microsoft has done little to alleviate this confusion, but Safetynet has a solution: its Yes2K NT is designed to get around NT's hardware abstraction layer, which masks hardware characteristics from some applications, and it gets to the heart of the year 2000 issue on a PC.

  • Apptivity: one-stop development, deployment

    In the early days of Web development, life was simple: anyone who knew how to connect a CGI application written in Perl or C to a database, tie it together with some HTML and shell scripts, and stick everything up on a Web server, could build a Web application. This model of development is still being used successfully by many organisations, but it's clearly not for everyone. I looked at a beta copy of the latest offering from Progress Software, Apptivity 3, and found a promising tool that provides one-stop shopping for the development and deployment of Web applications.