Columns: Dev How-To and Advice


Browsersoft lets developers write a little Java

Browsersoft’s eQ! Foundation is a solid product that is easy to set up and use. Its ability to script business logic makes it a great tool for inexperienced Java developers.

Enterprise data goes high fashion

Supermodels aim to capture all data the organization manages, but like supermodels in fashion, they may be expensive to maintain.

It’s time we took care of business

The new editor-in-chief of ADT outlines his plans for the magazine.

For students, not practitioners: A review of “Human Aspects of Software Engineering”

“Human Aspects of Software Engineering” succeeds as a textbook, but it is less useful to application developers and software development managers hoping to gain some insight into the human aspects of software development.

Reporter’s Notebook: Going up the stack

The story of the technology business has always been about moving up the stack. The story’s tenor changes with each new uptick, lately BPM. BizTalk Server, Microsoft’s play in this area, continues to bear watching.

BI challenges won’t go away

Creating a system to gather, store and analyze critical data has long been considered a panacea for most corporate departments, but implementing effective systems is becoming more and more difficult.

A review of ReSharper 1.0.1 and Pivia Performance Suite 4.0

Mike Gunderloy reviews ReSharper 1.0.1 and Pivia Performance Suite 4.0

Sun adds to open-source Java IDE roster

NetBeans is a versatile and highly configurable editor that stacks up very well against Eclipse. The key difference is that the NetBeans editor ties in well with additional functionality, such as the project manager, the GUI designer and the debugger.

Product Briefs

A look at software tools and technologies on the market.

Microsoft tools quarterback looks forward to winning season

Eric Rudder, Microsoft senior vice president of servers and tools, gave a pep talk to financial analysts earlier this summer about the firm’s plans.

I/T Value: Behind the numbers

More IT execs demand a measurable ROI from business intelligence projects, but experts are vague on the best metrics for the task.

.NET & Beyond: J2EE split ending war with .NET

Watch for J2EE standard specs to lose luster as leaders IBM and BEA try to lock customers into WebSphere and WebLogic with proprietary features. Now it is .NET vs. IBM vs. BEA.

A review of Iron Speed Designer 1.6.4 and IntelliView 2.2, Designer

Mike Gunderloy reviews Iron Speed Designer 1.6.4 and IntelliView 2.2, Designer

Product Briefs

A look at software tools and technologies on the market.

Editor’s letter: SOA’s up or SOA what?

There’s no shame in expressing skepticism that SOA is nirvana, but our August Cover Story does find reasons for optimism that the technology could benefit IT development and integration projects.

Google's secret: Fast, cheap and in the driver's seat

The biggest stories in recent application development history -- Amazon.com and Google -- are so big that they are pretty much hidden. Both applications required a big helping of chutzpah to happen at all. And both disrupted existing industries, creating whole new ones.

Perspective on XML: XML circles the globe

Used right, XML can be a huge help to developers writing applications for a global audience. Here are some tips that can help to ensure global success.

Book Excerpt: Tips and techniques for managing scope creep

Development managers must react quickly to any sign of scope creep. Here is some advice for working with your customers and for negotiating your way through any potential problems that might slow or halt development.

Oracle opens up (just a bit)

JDeveloper successfully integrates features for all development phases of J2EE and several related technologies into one environment. While it is an ideal solution for building apps built on top of Oracle’s database and application server, JDeveloper’s lack of broad support for other environments may inhibit its adoption.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: A review of “Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age”

Just as painters often take day jobs to support their art, so too must hackers take day jobs with companies writing less-than-beautiful software to make enough money to write the software they really want to write. A collection of 16 essays on computers and the people who program them.