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1 developer and only 1 month to develop a Telemedicine Web application

A new case was published on visualwebgui.com showcasing why TYCON chose Visual WebGui RIA Development Platform as the core platform for the Web UI in their.

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Using Visual WebGui allowed TYCON to deliver the new Telemdicine Second Opinion solution faster than expected saving time and resources due to the easy and quick implementation process of the existing WinForms code. The original plan to convert the WinForms generated code to web was a 5 month/man effort. With Visual WebGui TYCON completed the job using only 1 developer for 1 month.

"With Visual WebGui we were able to build an agile and secure web user interface that meets the requirements of our customer in terms of functionality and time-to-market Interface" Ariel Schwindt CEO of Tycon S.A.

Read the full showcase: A Telemedicine Second Opinion application developed on Web with 1 developer in 1 month

Oracle Buys Sun

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Oracle announced today that it will buy Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, finally ending Sun's search for a suitor. Oracle, a heavy investor in Java technology even prior to its purchase of BEA Systems, was a natural choice after Sun's courtship with IBM failed. As the resident "Java guy" around here, I'd be remiss if I did not share some of my own perspective on the big news.

First, the things I see as being positive:

  • This is good for Java, at least the perception of Java in the marketplace. Fair or not, there are many people who equate business success with quality (just ask your friendly SharePoint administrator). A nose-diving Sun stock price did not do much for people's perception of the viability of Java as a platform going into the future. Oracle's stewardship should improve this dramatically.
  • Like IBM, Oracle has always done a much better job than Sun actually making money on Java. Of course one could speculate endlessly on the reasons why (one invariably hears the fuzzy term "marketing"), but the fact remains: Sun executives chased the buzzword of the day while Oracle executives made money. In what reminds me of Apple in the late 90's, this is not uncommon in "R&D-oriented" companies; they just don't seem to learn how to sell the technology very well.
  • Solaris. Long viewed as one of the best flavors of Unix (featuring DTrace and ZFS, to name a few cutting-edge technologies), Solaris is the other crown jewel that Oracle picked up in the merger. In the conference call following the announcement, Larry Ellison specifically named Solaris as one of the reasons for the move. Since both Oracle and Weblogic already run on Solaris, owning the OS itself opens up some possibilities for Oracle.
  • Having followed Oracle's acquisition of BEA, I was generally impressed by the fact that Oracle did not automatically favor its own product lines over BEA's. In fact, a lot of careful thought seemed to go into which technology Oracle would adopt going forward. I hope the same will be true for Sun.

And now the less positive:

  • Consolidation. Consolidation is usually a good thing for vendors (at least the winners), and not so much for customers. There is, of course, less choice and inevitably some "cool stuff" that you wanted to last forever winds up in the dustbin.
  • MySQL. The MySQL community is unlikely to be very happy about the merger, given its traditional positioning as a cheaper alternative the the dominant database vendor. Personally speaking (and I'm no expert on the database market), I think that MySQL occupies a different end of the market than Oracle does, one which the the database giant would be foolish to ignore. Oracle is likely to keep selling Oracle database to its "Fortune 500" customers while also selling MySQL support to lower-end customers running LAMP stacks. The good news is that MySQL will remain a light-weight database. The bad news is that "enterprise features" are likely to fall off the development roadmap.
  • Glassfish. Sun was doing some very interesting work with Glassfish, and it's hard to say what will happen to the project in the wake of the Oracle purchase. Will it simply get nuked in favor of Weblogic? Glassfish has not yet seen huge adoption in the marketplace, so it may not have the same argument in favor of it that MySQL does. There is a big question mark hanging around its neck now--which is a shame because Glassfish is the kind of light-weight JEE server that could really be a game-changer if marketed properly.
  • Hardware. Sun is still very much a hardware company (at least in terms of revenue); Oracle is not. It's hard to say what will become of some of Sun's high-end hardware business after the acquisition. Personally, I think that Oracle will try to sell it off to a more hardware-oriented company in order to mitigate the cost of the buy.

Of course, this is all just speculation, and it is fun to speculate at times like these. One thing, though, is for sure: in the face of a bad economic recession, the market for enterprise technology will continue to consolidate.

Sneak Peek video of Visual WebGui 6.4 with Theme & Control Designer

Visual WebGui released a short video as a sneak peek of the new version and its major new features - the Theme & Control Designers although a preview version of Visual WebGui Rich Internet Applications Platform version 6.4 will become available in a couple of weeks.

The new designers which will be available with the upcoming 6.4 Preview version enable simple and quick customization of controls and themes thus enabling developers/designers to create rich, branded, and engaging customer-facing UI's.

Click here to watch the Theme Customization with the new Designer.

Google Releases Eclipse Plugin

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Hot on the heels of the announcement that Java can now be used with the Google App Engine, the Google Plugin for Eclipse has been released, supporting both Google Web Toolkit and Google App Engine development.

GWT Features:

  • Recognition of inline JavaScript (JSNI): syntax highlighting, auto-indenting, Java Search and Refactoring integration
  • GWT compiler shortcuts and configuration UI
  • Wizards to create entry points, modules and HTML pages
  • Support for GWT JUnit tests

App Engine Features:

  • Easy deployment to App Engine
  • As-you-type validation ensures that your code is compatible with App Engine
  • Build projects and 'enhance' JDO classes automatically without the need for ANT

The user's manual for the plugin is here. The plugin works with both Eclipse 3.4 (update site) and 3.3 (update site).

Visual WebGui RIA Platform 6.4 Preview to be released soon

Gizmox announced that Visual WebGui RIA & Cloud Platform version 6.4 will be released as a preview version in the beginning of May.

Since 6.4 includes many major, all-new features Gizmox decided to release it as a free Express Studio Preview version first, allowing Visual WebGui developers & community the opportunity to try it as soon as possible and experience its remarkable potential and value.

In the meantime, 6.3.x which is now a stabilized version continues to be offered as a pre-release version. This will also give the devoted Visual WebGui developers community the opportunity to benefit from Visual WebGui's pre-release discount for a bit longer. Gizmox is offering a free upgrade to 6.4 for perpetual licenses and will reset the subscription period to start when the 6.4 version is stabilized and offered commercially.

For those who would like a taste of the next version Gizmox will soon release a free preview of 6.4. Visual WebGui 6.4 discovers a leap forward in Visual WebGui's evolution and it will literally change the way you develop and design Rich Internet Applications. The new version combines the ease of Visual WebGui drag-and-drop application development with graphically-engaging visual designers to build Web UI's. The 6.4 preview brings a new dimension of collaboration between development and UI design tasks enabling simple and productive customization and creation of rich, branded, creative customer-facing Web 2.0 like UI's. This is enabled by new Control & Theme Visual Designers that add up to the Form designer and integrate with existing design software such as Photoshop, Expression Blend, Flash CS, and more to enable the most efficient developer and designer collaboration when customizing and creating new themes and controls. Both Theme and Control Designers provide easy management of the entire project's resources and the integrative capability to edit those resources.

Visual WebGui 6.4 also introduces a new scalability server extension allowing multi-users usage scenarios. The Cluster Server also provides important redundancy to Visual WebGui web applications.

Stay tuned for more information, samples and downloads to be released this month on Visual WebGui News...

Dojo Toolkit 1.3 Released

The 1.3 version of the Dojo toolkit is finally out. The main focus of this release has been browser compatibility (particularly IE 8 and Chrome) and speed. According to Dojo-reported numbers on the TaskSpeed benchmark, Dojo is the fastest JavaScript toolkit on common DOM operations, at least twice as fast as other JavaScript toolkits. Of course, all the usual caveats about micro-benchmarking apply, but the speed increase is nevertheless quite impressive.

Simultaneous with the Dojo 1.3 release is the release of the PlugD, a library allows Dojo developers to mimic some of the popular aspects of jQuery (method chaining, as well as many similarly-named convenience methods).

The full release notes can be found here. You can download the new release here.

DC Management System Web UI developed in less than a month

Torq Software decided to allow web access to the internal systems so that they can be accessed by more field agents and clients via the internet with a manageable impact on the processor and bandwidth usage footprint.

The team chose Visual WebGui Rich Internet Applications Platform and soon enough discovered how easy it was to start developing Visual WebGui screens due to the fact that it uses the same GUI designer technology that was already used to develop the Windows Forms version of the application.

It was relatively easy to develop the screens for the application as the existing Windows Forms UI was used as a guide. Even though Visual WebGui was still in a beta form, the overall development was simple and quicker than expected. "Not having to learn ASP.NET in its entirety meant that we could leverage our existing knowledge for most part to produce an effective application" Said Apolon Ivankovic. Deployment turned out to be relatively easy as well and only required the team to learn the basics of IIS deployment.

To read the entire showcase click on the following link:
Debt Collection Management System Web UI developed in less than a month

Pligg 1.0.0 RC3 Available

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You may have read my posts on Having Fun with Pligg. In the series of posts I have been talking about setting up a Pligg site using Pligg 1.0.0 RC2. Well, Pligg 1.0.0 RC3 has been released and this will be the final release candidate, so you may want to upgrade your Pligg instance.

Below is an excerpt from the announcement.

Our final version of the release candidate line for Pligg, Pligg 1.0.0 RC3, is available for download now. This version introduces a new admin category page (seen below) and a number of bug fixes including better support for Search Engine Optimized (SEO) URLs and foreign languages. We are only a couple weeks away from a final version of Pligg, which we expect will be picked up by a lot of web hosts and template providers.

You can read more about Pligg 1.0.0 RC3 (including a link to the download) here.

A Linux Web based tool completed in just 2 weeks

A new Visual WebGui RIA Platform showcase is published:
A Linux (Mono) Web based OS Deployment tool completed in just 2 weeks

The company needed to develop a solution which would operate as an OS Deployment tool that is customized for the needs of their Datacenter according the specific design parameters given.

The team decided not to use PHP but to use Mono (mod_mono) with Visual WebGui because of the short timeframe they had for deploying the solution and since Visual WebGui provided the easiest and quickest graphical development possible.

The web development process was straight forward. While the final goal was well defined, some of the concepts and functions were being defined while coding the solution. The Visual WebGui unique approach enabling easy integration of UserControls and intuitive graphical development allowed for this unstructured development cycle which led to an extremely shortened process as stated by Axel Westerhold: "Because of the easy graphical development environment and the integration into Visual Studio we were able to roll out the product within 2 weeks."

Go to the full case study.

New Clojure Release (3-20-2009)

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One of the most interesting new languages to emerge recently is Clojure, a dialect of LISP (a very old language) that runs on the JVM and contains an implementation of software transactional memory (STM) in the core of the language itself.

Hot off the presses (Rich Hickey hasn't even blogged about it yet) is a new release for 2009-03-20. Contained in the download zip are the release notes with all of the bug fixes since the previous release in December of last year.

Anyone who hasn't explored Clojure (or who thinks that LISP is when someone talks funny) should definitely check out Rich Hickey's screencasts over at blip.tv.

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