March 24, 2006
Software as a Service (SaaS) ... haven't we done this before?
Not to be a curmudgeon, but I don't get the sudden hype around SaaS. I like my hosted web services as much as anyone, but I find this smells a bit like over-hype. As good as a SaaS service might be, and with AJAX and better bandwidth making the apps extremely rich, these applications are still vulnerable to outages, crashes, and when you're offline ... so is access to your data.
But ... what do you think?
January 27, 2006
Feed your readers with .Net syndication libraries
Syndication is hot. Personally I subscribe to over 700 of them. Now ... one thing that bugs me when there isn't a feed for a great site (thanks for the sites Doug!). Looks like there are some .Net libs so you can do it...
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December 19, 2005
Ruby on Rails hits 1.0
Ruby on Rails is a set of tools, or a "framework," for building Web applications with the scripting language Ruby. Started by David Heinemeier Hansson, Ruby on Rails has received accolades for the productivity it brings to developers. Heinemeier Hansson said that the project is already working on version 1.1. In a previous interview, Hansson said that the open-source project will focus on making it easier to deploy and administer Web applications.Source: News.com
December 12, 2005
Ground control to Adobe ... Apollo is a go for launch ... or is it?
Now, maybe I’m just being negative or perhaps I can’t see the forest for the trees… but WHY ON EARTH ARE THEY DOING THIS? Sure, the PDF, SWF and HTML formats are all open - but the SWF player isn’t. You cannot use the File Format Specification to create a SWF interpreter or player . PDF is definitely more open , but many Adobe specific features will not work in alternative viewers (this isn’t necessarily Adobe’s problem). So, the only reason I can see for Adobe creating a ‘universal player’ is to basically lock everyone into their player/runtime ( platform) - under the guise of providing an exceptional user experience . Didn’t Microsoft pull this crap before? Source: Bryan Rieger
December 09, 2005
The move to web-based software ... end of software or a bigger problem?
From ITWorld Canada comes an article that raises some interesting questions... On-demand spells 'end of software' .
He said the success of Web-based on-demand services would not be restricted to the customer relationship management (CRM) space, but would extend to other business process apps as well. That's because such services are relatively low-cost, less risky and uncomplicated.
"We believe this is the end of software," he said, predicting a move away from client-server as a dominant model for delivery of computing technology. "In a short (period) of time, all technology will be delivered (via) the on-demand service approach." Salesforce.com is counting on its newest on-demand platform – dubbed AppExchange – to move this trend forward.
AppExchange is a Web-based application-sharing service that offers customers a host of pre-built business applications including sales, marketing, productivity tools, customer service, finance, administration and human resources.
Using the service, companies can browse through some 70 applications and test drive the ones they want. Once satisfied, they can install the applications through the on-demand AppExchange system.
So what happens in a few years when the vast majority of our data is stored online? Creating some sort of malicious software to target those data silos will become increasingly irresistible for those who write viruses, worms and the like. And that introduces a pretty big problem for users, and for those running the hosted services.