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Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: The New Paradigm of IT Buying

With the U.S. economy and IT spending finally appearing to be making a comeback and China and India adopting IT faster than you can say symmetric multiprocessing, why am I predicting layoffs? I'm not predicting layoffs so much as a shift from vendors and service providers who don't support the integration of open source and commercial systems. You see, I lead somewhat of a sheltered life - I usually speak with people in the open source field, the IT professionals who drink the proverbial Kool-Aid. They already have IT plans that encompass open source operating systems, such as Linux and other systems, and software that adhere to open standards. However, as I try to expand my horizons, I'm finding more people who use vendors that are not interested in supporting open standards or interacting with community-developed open source software. They claim this puts them at ... (more)

Java Feature — Bringing Together Eclipse,WTP, Struts, and Hibernate

In the article "Creating Web Applications with the Eclipse WTP" (http://jdj.sys-con.com/read/152270.htm ), we created a Web application using Eclipse Web Tools Project, the Tomcat application server, and the MySQL database server. That application (DBTest) was good, however, it had some limitations: Java Server Pages (JSP) names were hard-coded inside the servlet code SQL was also hard-coded in the command classes Fortunately, two interesting solutions can address these problems. The first problem can be addressed using the Open Source Struts framework, which separates an application's Model, View, and Controller by mappings the actions of the model to view components (such as JSPs) in a simple configuration file. The second problem can be addressed by using one of the frameworks providing persistence between the Java world and the relational database world. Hibern... (more)

Who's Missing From SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?

Related Links: The i-Technology Right Stuff: Searching for the Twenty Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World No sooner had we begun our reader-driven quest for the top twenty software people in the world than we find, thanks to energetic and insightful reader input, that it would definitely be advantageous if we now extend the field from forty...to over a hundred. Here we bring you a sneak peek at the sixty that we'll be adding now to the poll, with thanks to everyone who has proferred additional suggestions. Even 100 won't do this subject justice, for sure, but it will be interesting to see how the i-Technology community decides to rank them, when voting on this expanded group begins in February. The 60 Additions Gene Amdahl: Implementer in the 60s of a milestone in computer techno... (more)

Trail of tears: MySQL, ODBC & OpenOffice 1.0

My friend Milt recently told me that he was having problems getting MySQL and OpenOffice.org 1.0 to play together nicely. Actually, "having problems" is something of an understatement. Milt is not a newbie. He's been using personal computers since before IBM's entry in the market. He does his own networking. Through the years, he has made DOS and various flavors of Windows do everything but make coffee. But when it came to getting MySQL and OpenOffice connected with Linux (running SuSE), he was getting nowhere fast. I started looking around for resources on the Internet that might ease his pain. I found a wonderful "how-to" piece called "OpenOffice.org 1.0, ODBC and MySQL," by John McCreesh. In the introduction, McCreesh writes about OpenOffice.org 1.0's "best kept secret" — that secret being the fact that hidden away inside, completely unknown to most OpenOffice use... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: Open Wounds – How Free May End Up Being Costly

Like many people in the industry, I'm torn over open source software. I'm not opposed to developers creating software and deciding they do it for the love of programming, and have no need for payment - if they want to give their work away, I see no reason why they shouldn't be able to do so, although I think the people who want all software to be free should first get uniform agreement from everyone in the industry to work for nothing before they get on that soapbox. Even though I run a magazine in my spare time, I make my living designing software, and I personally don't want to do it for free. I'm not opposed to people who want to develop for fun, or for the pure joy of programming. Lots of students in college do this, and many hardcore programmers who don't get enough code during the day seem to grind it out after hours as well. Eventually though, the economics ca... (more)

Building a Forum with Macromedia Dreamweaver From Adobe

Forums (message boards) are a great way to share ideas, debate on current issues, or offer technical assistance to your clients. A forum can really help you build up a community around your website, increase traffic, and improve communication with your clients. Although you can find a wealth of free forum applications out there, which you can install and customize for your needs, this article teaches you how to build your own forum from scratch to make it fit your specific requirements. (You can view this article in its original www.macromedia.com/devnet.) We will walk you from designing and setting up your database to building a basic front end, adding user authentication, allowing subscription to message threads, and sending topic reply notifications by e-mail. You can have a fully functional forum in no time, with minimum effort and coding. Planning the Forum In ... (more)

Making MySQL, ODBC & OpenOffice 1.0 work together, Part 2

(LinuxWorld) — The forum postings on last week's column about the installation of MySQL and ODBC to gain access to the secret power of OpenOffice.org 1.0 were a mixed bag: some good, some bad, some "so what." I was variously described as an stupid, foolish, an incompetent sysadmin and a writer of more fiction than fact. I'll come clean about one thing: I am an incompetent sysadmin, and I have a failing score on the first LPI exam to prove it. But then so are most small businesspeople in the SOHO market. That makes my experiences a more-valuable litmus test for SOHO users than those of some yahoo guru running gentoo. If you dismiss the name-calling and those who suggest switching to their distribution of choice in order to tame the problem, some valuable information remains to be gleaned. Among other things, I found a better, cleaner and "distribution-pure" ins... (more)

Is Java a "Ball and Chain"?

These are curious times just now for Java. In one and the same month, Steve Jobs stands up, and declares - referring to language support on the new Apple iPhone - "Java's not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It's this big heavyweight ball and chain." And in the same month a company like Backbase, whose AJAX JSF Edition is aimed at "Java developers who want to leverage the JSF standard by creating a next generation rich component-based AJAX presentation tier," wins a 'Technology of the Year Award 2007' in the category 'AJAX Toolkits.' So, is Java toast, history, finished, a sucked orange...or does it have plenty of "legs" yet, and Job's remark was just a temporary techno-backlash such as all languages must resist from time to time? Bruce Eckel, who has since 1986 has published six books and over 150 computer articles, views this backlash as inevitable, fo... (more)

Web and Mobile Convergence Sharing Data Between Flex 2 and Flash Lite

I love the definition in Wikipedia of Media convergence: "Media convergence is a theory in communications where every mass medium eventually merges to the point where they are indistinguishable to each other due to the advent of new communication technologies." According to the theory of media convergence, very soon, there will be no more need to have a television and a computer separate from each other, since both would be able to do the job of the other, ultimately making both extinct and creating a new medium from the synthesis." Even though the prospect of a complete merger among "traditional" media is still far away, the fact that we have access to content on multiple devices (internet, cellular phone, PDA, television) already enhances the usefulness that such content provides to users. Adding to Wikipedia's definition, convergence also involves the possibility ... (more)

From the SYS-CON Archives: Sun Buys MySQL, Gets Oracle for an Enemy

Sun, Oracle’s sometimes best friend, turned into an Oracle competitor this morning when it said it was buying MySQL, the open source database that’s part of the famous LAMP stack. It’s paying a billion dollars. MySQL was supposed to go public this year but picked the easier monetization route. Sanford C. Bernstein estimates MySQL’s financial position at breakeven on $60 million-$80 million on trailing 12-month revenues although over 100 million copies of the database have been downloaded. Sun is paying $800 million cash for MySQL’s stock and assuming about $200 million in options. But Sun has been known to overpay for acquisitions before. Remember its fatal $2 billion Cobalt Networks deal? Sun, which is given to highfalutin rhetoric, sees its acquisition of MySQL as reaffirming its position “at the center of the web economy” and its role as “the largest commercial o... (more)