Sunday, March 20, 2005

"Ajax" - a new name for rich web applications

This article introduces the term "Ajax" for rich web applications based on asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest and dynamic display and interaction using JavaScript and the Browser DOM. Google Maps and Google Suggest are given as examples. The technical principles are several years old already, but "Ajax" is a nice new "brand" name for it ...

Friday, March 11, 2005

IS Project Duration and Success Rate ...

A quote from an interview with the CEO of MIS AG:

"There is a strong dependency between IS project duration and IS project success rate. Everything that lasts longer than one year has a dramatically declining success rate. Everything in IS that lasts longer than 6 months is not a project - it's a problem."

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

EAI on the UI level instead of middleware or database level (Computerworld)

Base: sales force automation system from application service provider Inc.

UI-Integration Tool: Above All Studio - enables semitechnical users to map functions.

Rather than go into one application, write down a number, then key that into a second application, you can integrate that into one screen that looks like a single application but with the underlying applications still there. That's different from simple data integration in which databases share data. User interface integration implies integration of functionality as well as data.

Such integration can be achieved with a variety of technologies, including the following:
- A services assembly and orchestration product like Above All Studio.
- An interface-reuse technology, such as a programmatic interface server like Jacada Ltd.'s Fusion, which developers can use to create an interface that can input or retrieve data from underlying applications, or Corizon's User Process Management software, which assembles new interfaces from bits of existing ones.
- Rich-client technology, such as products from Nexaweb Technologies Inc., JackBe Corp. or Macromedia Inc.
- Interactive portlets in a portal, like IBM's WebSphere Portal or Plumtree Software Inc.'s portal product.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

RIM Blackberry RSS Reader

I tried to download and install, but got an "invalid JAR" error ...

Secardeo PDF-Gate Signer and Verifyer

A product suite for automized server side generation and verification of X.509 based PDF signatures. The solution consists of "PDF-Gate Signer" for generating PDF signatures and "PDF-Gate Verifyer" for automatic verification of incoming signed PDF documents.

PDF-Gate kann PDF-Dokumente automatisiert mit einer qualifizierten elektronischen Signatur versehen.