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Funny thing about the hype-cycle surrounding cloud, it just doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Indeed, some are clinging to it like it was their long lost child – it in this case being the hype cycle, not the concept of cloud.

But seriously, lets consider exactly what...

CIOs and IT professionals can take a few pages from the Michael Jackson playbook. By looking at some of the best practices the King of Pop used to change the face of music, IT managers might find inspiration to change perceptions about IT in their organization.
Why are we so confident about the first point? Because IMAP support in WebMail Pro now includes quotas for automatic mailbox size management, direct search on IMAP server, and new easy-to-use approach to deleting e-mails. And what's so special in cPanel support? Because it's now rea...
I'm currently at a wedding, killing time reading various blog feeds. In that task, I just read a generally insightful commentary thanks to particularly ridiculous question in a post by Eric Knipp at Gartner. In the post he asks if The Cloud Will Save The World?
Having built/architected/developed/consulted many Adobe Flex applications and being one of the first certified Flex instructors in the world, I've seen a lot of Flex applications. Some good, some bad. But no matter how many applications or who I'm talking to, I always stress the import...
When I saw the press release about Ed Zander's recent career move , I could not help myself from thinking about Ed's last 20 year professional life. His reputation since the Sun Microsystems days was that Ed was not a very technology-enabled executive. I am not sure even today if he pe...
Today was the first day of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit, in the Roosevelt Hote in NYC.
As a speaker at the upcoming AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo, June 22-23, in New York City, I just received an email from Lindsay over at SYS-CON Events, that I can invite three guests with full conference passes to attend the two-day iPhone Developer Summit. She just informed me a...
One of the tasks of an enterprise architect is to design a framework atop which developers can implement and deploy applications consistently and easily. The consistency is important for internal business continuity and reuse; common objects, operations, and processes can be reused acr...
I've missed the Flash Camp Keynote in San Francisco where Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch mentioned that AIR reached over 200 million installs. The Adobe AIR Team blog wrote that the Acrobat.com application provided with Adobe Reader continues to be one of the most popular applications. Unf...
Did you notice our subscribers list update? Now, you can receive Graphic Mania all posts and and free resources updates right to your email address, in full HTML and images. You can save the images and backgrounds you need directly to your computer and get the free resources download l...
If you still can not adopt reading books from your computer screen, or do not like to waste your laptop battery charge for just reading a book, then I think Amazon Kindle is the best solution for you. I myself still can't give up reading from paper books as it is much comfortable for e...
In this webcast we'll show off the new point and click Visual WebGui Control & Theme Designer. This designer joins the well known drag and drop Visual WebGui Form designer. It offers the fastest, most intuitive way (no Javascript, no HTML, no CSS, no XAML) of developing and designing. ...
Information Week has published an interview with GM’s CIO discussing the impact of the bankruptcy on the two-billion-IT operations of this huge corporation. After reading this article, I’m pretty sure that GM’s IT is doomed. The chances are slim that they will turn themselves into lea...
At JavaOne, Larry Ellison has made some very encouraging statements about Oracle’s commitments to Java, JavaFX, and the mobile developer market. It is certainly good news that Oracle (i.e., Larry) sees the significance of the Java platform in its integrality. However, there are many mi...
Last week I posted a PowerShell function library for Microsoft’s newly introduced search engine at Bing.com. The function library was appropriately named PoshBing. There was a log of interest in the script so I quickly moved it off my blog and onto a CodePlex project under PoshBing. ...
“Geeks on a Role,” hosted by Visual WebGui creator Guy Peled and Eyal Albert, VWG’s developer experience manager, will provide a platform for information and knowledge sharing for the Visual WebGui community by discussing the latest company news, product announcements, technology demos...
ZapThink just produced a good report on the state of Web 2.0 tools entitled "Evolution of the Rich Internet Applcation Market." In the report, Jason Bloomberg and Ron Schmelzer of Zapthink highlight a critical gap in most RIA solutions: the inability to access data from within the UI. ...
New entrants, however, have a great opportunity to leverage UI and user experience to make their management apps more sticky and to appeal to a broader market. For example, the Bluebear guys have built a snazzy, intuitive multi-hypervisor virtualization management tool written in Adob...
Yesterday, my colleague  and I received notifications from  MAX 2009 (the main Adobe annual conference) organizers that started with words “We regret to inform you…we were forced to make difficult decisions, which topics would
A couple of years ago Simone Chiaretta did a survey of .NET Developers usage of Ajax. I just saw that he is refreshing that survey to see what has changed in the industry. Are people still actively moving to Ajax? Are they using MVC or WebForms with their Ajax?
I've just discovered (don't know how old it is) this new presentation web tool released by Adobe on Acrobat.com Labs. Acrobat Presentation is a Flex application that adds to Adobe's online collaborative offerings (with Buzzword). Presentation allows you to create slides using the Power...
So I'm back from a trip to Tokyo and the first news I read is that Flex Builder 4 (codename Gumbo) will be renamed to Flash Builder! Ryan have written an explanatory post (read the full "Flex Builder “Gumbo” is Being Renamed Flash Builder" article)about the motivations that drove Adobe...
The Secrets of Corporate Blogging. I would like to begin with defining what corporate blogging is. There are actually four types of blogs that can be considered corporate blogs; I will list these definitions later. For now, suffice to say that I am most interested in corporate blogging...
Flex framework’s current stable version is 3.x and the Flex team at Adobe is actively working on getting the version 4.x ready this year. At this time, the core SDK of Flex 4, codenamed Gumbo, is evolving through an open source process. From peeking into its initial version, it looks p...
Today we posted a minor update to .NET RIA Services. This release is mainly focused on addressing bug fixes we have heard in the forums and delivering on a few key areas… There are a lot of other long lead work items that will fall into future releases.
SaaS has been around for many years - first known as ASP (application service provider) in the 1990’s. The most famous has been Salesforce.com’s CRM/SFA application suite. In fact, any application delivered over the internet and hosted remotely can be called SaaS - including ADP’s ho...
Citrix announced the formal release of the Citrix Receiver for iPhone 1.0, now available in the App Store. The new app allows instant access to company resources behind the firewall including apps, documents, and internal web sites.
There is a very real difference between on-demand computing and on-demand infrastructure. What the cloud provides now, and is described by just about every cloud pundit as the benefit of cloud computing, is on-demand compute resource provisioning. Central to this theme is provisioning,...
Software technologists tend to learn by oscillating. We never arrive directly at the right solution; we just come closer to it by going back and forth. We always think (or like to think) that our current solution is correct; only to realize, some years later, that we overshot and need ...
This is the third part of the series dedicated to AIR menus (Chapter 6 of the Essential Guide to Flash CS4 AIR Development). The book is oriented to Flash developers interested in building desktop applications via Adobe AIR. You can preorder The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 AIR Develop...
Things are changing fast in the world of Cloud Computing, however one question remains the same. Will it save me money and how much? To follow up on a previous post on Cloud Economics Part One, I looked at a fairly simple example of 5 Servers for a dev/test environment and identified t...
For quick scan, follow the bold words. Although there is evidence that the two styles will converge in the future, enterprise and consumer Web architecture and technology are quite different today. If one talks to an enterprise application architect, he or she will probably say tha...
To overcome the financial recession, a good RIA (Rich Internet Application) framework is far from enough since Ajax experts are rare and costly to hire; moreover, it’s time-consuming to begin the project. Thus, an integrated development environment is necessary to help enterprises deli...
Like many other business managers, the current economic downturn has me wondering about how my strategy should change to meet new market realities. Because of this I have been reviewing different business periodicals and articles looking for advice. One of the best sources of manageria...
Often in software I find myself preaching restraint to those who wish to move platforms for no apparent reason than to keep up with the IT fashion industry; however, even harder than the silver-bullet chasers is dealing with organizations where change is required, not only in a company...
Web 2.0 technologies promise to turn the Internet into a true application platform, featuring robust client-side logic and rich interfaces that put users back in control of application flow. For the enterprise IT community, achieving the aims of Web 2.0 requires looking beyond the ado...


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