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Top Five Content Management Challenges You Need to Solve Now This is a guest post from Cloudinary, a cloud-based image and video management solution. We are always looking for ways to help companies deliver digital experiences that will meet customers expectations in terms of content and performance. Tackling these 5 challenges is a good step towards delivering a top-notch digital experience. We are in the midst of a great evolution when it comes to website design. Formerly text-heavy sites now rely on eye-catching images and video to draw in visitors, improve engagement rates and drive readership. These results are proven. Articles with relevant images get 94 percent more total views, according to digital marketing expert Jeff Bullas. And images are vital to websites influencing page views and user engagement for news articles, press material, local search, eCommer... (more)

What It Means to Be the Best

What it means to be the best is a relative thing. In the sports world it's the score at the end of the game, the winning record that indicates who beat whom. In the world of Linux, it's more subjective to the goals of the end user. This month we explore, from the point of view of the LinuxWorld Magazine editors, what constitutes the best solutions for given computing tasks. I don't presume to speak for every Linux user who works in health care or video animators or any one group - I speak just for me. I think sharing our points of view will help you start to investigate what makes your best of the best list. Desktop software is a subject near and dear to my heart. I work in that field and have spent my career supporting users of desktop software. It's impossible to look at such a diverse group of users as desktop Linux users and then identify what is best. However... (more)

Why Do 'Cool Kids' Choose Ruby or PHP to Build Websites Instead of Java?

Coach Wei's Blog Here is a question that I have been pondering on and off for quite a while: Why do "cool kids" choose Ruby or PHP to build websites instead of Java? I have to admit that I do not have an answer. Why do I even care? Because I am a Java developer. Like many Java developers, I get along with Java well. Not only the language itself, but the development environments (Eclipse for example), step-by-step debugging helper, wide availability of libraries and code snippets, and the readily accessible information on almost any technical question I may have on Java via Google. Last but not least, I go to JavaOne and see 10,000 people that talk and walk just like me. The other reason that I ponder this question is that  the power of Java is a perfect fit for the areas where websites may need more than markups or scripting, such as middleware logic. PHP and Ruby etc ... (more)

Yahoo, Intel

The Yahoo Freeze Yahoo's new CEO Carol Bartz froze salaries Wednesday. Intel Questioning AMD's x86 License AMD told the SEC that it rejected Intel's suggestion that its acquisition of ATI and its creation of the so-called Foundry Company manufacturing spin-off breached provisions in their age-old cross-license agreement. The terms of the pact, though perpetual, come up for renewal this year. Intel's getting back for all the antitrust trouble AMD has caused it. Cloud Computing Technology Contributors of 2009 10Gen, 3Leaf Systems, 6fusion International, Absolute Performance, Ajaxo, Alentus, Appirio, Appistry, Aptaria, Arena Maxtronic, Arista Networks, Asankya Networks, BitRock, BlueLock, Boomi , Box.net, Canaan Partners, Casdex, Chris Richardson Consulting, CITTIO, Cloud Architects, Cloud9 Analytics, CloudRamp, CloudScale Networks, Cloudscape.ws, CloudWorks, CNI Systems... (more)

i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing 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. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

PortWise 4.7 Delivers Support for OATH and Security for Cloud Computing

PortWise has announced the worldwide availability of PortWise 4.7, a new open authentication platform and transaction gateway focused on web service transactions and extended support for secure cloud computing. "With PortWise 4.7 we further extend our versatile authentication platform with a vast number of additional authentication methods. We are seeing a continuously growing demand for open and scalable solutions that are mobile and most importantly are cost effective," says Per Hägerö, CTO at PortWise. PortWise 4.7 is fully compliant with the standards developed by Open Authentication consortium and includes a new product component, the transaction gateway, which enables the use of PortWise in high volume transactions scenarios such as payment systems, healthcare transactions and other B2B solutions. On the application access side, PortWise 4.7 delivers some uniqu... (more)

Our Roots

Do you enjoy history? I do. In fact, I've always enjoyed history for I've always found that understanding the past has been useful in helping me to understand the here and now. Part of my here and now is the taking on of the role of enterprise editor. The question for me is, how did I get here? When I look back at my career, I realize that my choices have allowed me to be closely aligned with many aspects of core J2EE technologies for more than 15 years. Yes, I do know that J2EE has not been here for 15 years, but when you look past that exact moment in time when the idea for J2EE was first hatched, you can see a vast trail of technology and research that has gotten us to where we are today. My interest in history has led me to follow that trail and, as is the case with most historical tales, I was taken by surprise by just how far back you need to travel. Take the v... (more)

"It's a Hit!" – Early Verdicts Come In on "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar

"Seems like a lot going on here," wrote John Dowdell; "The place is pretty packed. Geeks mingled with suits; some of the geeks IN suits," wrote Flash guru Jesse Randall Warden, "Loooots of demos. And that's exactly what I came for," wrote arpit. The blogosphere has been giving its early verdict on SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar...and the overwhelming verdict would seem to be that it was a hit. What "Real-World Flex" aimed to do, in 12 intense hours of laser-focused presentations, discussion, and demos, was to give everyone the full picture of how Adobe Flex 2 is a complete, powerful application development solution for creating and delivering cross-platform RIAs, within the enterprise and across the Web. The historic Grand Ballroom of Roosevelt was the setting, in midtown Manhattan just a hop and a skip from Park Lane, and it proved the perfect ... (more)

Tracking RIAs with Google Analytics and Unica NetInsight

Judah Phillips' "Web Analytics Demystified" Blog All this talk about 'the death of the page view,' 'AJAX,' 'rich media,' 'engagement,' and 'events" is enough to make even the most savvy Web analyst think twice about what we're measuring these days.  When you use Google Maps, the name of the page doesn't change. (So now you see where all that page view death conversation comes from.) 'Traditional' web analytics care about when the page name changes - they see that as an important event. Suddenly, that's changed. It is true that with new client-side technologies, the page view is no longer the holiest of holy metrics anymore (personally I’ve always liked to see increases sessions and in “page views per unique visitor”). But the page view is far from dead. Rather the page view is evolving to become a type of “major” event in the Web 2.0 experience. Now before I go on, l... (more)

Showtime: Bringing the Co-Web to a Screen Near You!

The Co-Web, the collaborative, media converged Web, is upon us. The Co-Web is interpersonal; it is about getting work done together. It is much more than surfing a YouTube/Google Map mashup while Twittering with co-workers. Showtime uses those same technologies to build a Co-Web page where we all interact on the same data at the same time, see the same context and make better decisions as a result. A Showtime Co-Web application uses the same standards as a normal mashup - OpenAJAX plus XMPP, RTP/RTSP and H.264 - yet remakes the mashup as the Co-Web. For the Co-Web - It's Showtime! Register for AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Submit Your Paper to Present a Session Sponsor AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Speaker Bio: Andrew Donoho, Web Theorist with IBM's Emerging Internet Technology Team, has a long history working with both Web standards and implementations. He was an... (more)

OpenAjax Alliance: Browser Engine Access To Mobile Device APIs

Many new model mobile devices allow the "Web Runtime" (i.e., the browser engine) to invoke device capabilities from JavaScript, such as access to current location (e.g., via GPS), phone dialer, camera, address book, calendar, email, and SMS, whereas previously these services were only available to compiled programming languages, such as C++ and Java. By giving Web developers using HTML and JavaScript the same power as C++ and Java, we will see a large wave of next-generation consumer and Enterprise Web 2.0 applications that take innovation and productivity to new levels. These new Mobile AJAX applications run not only in the browser, but also as AJAX-powered mobile widgets and AJAX-powered installed applications. Two challenges, however, are interoperability (because different devices support different APIs), and security (along with the new feature, we also have ne... (more)