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"Though it's been around for a while, AJAX is now a hot topic in the application developer community because it brings cross-platform rich user interfaces to Web applications without having to use products like Microsoft .NET or Macromedia," said Steve Benfield. Benfield explains what all the AJAX fuss is about, dispel some myths and advise how best to take advantage of the trend during his SYS-CON.TV Webinar. Benfield, who is VP of strategy at ClearNova - based in Alpharetta, part of Georgia's growing technology corridor - championed AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript + XML) and took a Q&A with participants at his recent live SYS-CON.TV Webinar on "AJAX and Rich Internet Applications," the encore presentation of which can be viewed here. ... (more)

Will HP Buy Kodak?

On July 13, Kodak shares shot up by 2.5% in a day on rumors that HP would buy the Rochester, NY-based company. Now history is repeating itself as Kodak shares shot up again yesterday, this time by 4.9% (to $25.57). So, will Antonio Perez (pictured right), who only took over as chief executive Kodak on June 1, sell the company to HP? Does HP want to buy it?  The stock market is alive with rumors and speculation that a major transaction may be in the offing. Perez helped build Hewlett-Packard's digital-imaging and electronic-publishing businesses in the 1990s and has since recruit... (more)

LogicLibrary Builds Team For End-to-End SOA Governance

LogicLibrary, a specialist in SOA governance and software reuse, today announced that Blue Titan Software, TopCoder and Metallect join the company in supporting an end-to-end approach to SOA governance, from development through deployment. Logidex provides both repository and registry functions at the design and development phase of an asset or service. A well-designed repository/registry is where everything comes together on the architectural/development side of SOA; where new assets can be proposed and managed through their development and deployment lifecycle, and then expose... (more)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Dev... (more)

A Composable Service is a Good Service

Designing services well requires intentional application of design strategies and consistent utilization of service oriented principles. In this talk, Kyle Gabhart will explore one such principle of service orientation – the composable nature of services. One thing that distinguishes services from other distributed components is the ability to compose solutions. Service oriented solutions support this by aggregating service calls underneath higher-level services and orchestrating services into business processes. Although most service oriented practitioners will readily adm... (more)