By: Bob Arnson
Abstract: Daily news summary for 24 September 1999. By Bob Arnson.
If your applications deal with geographical data, you'll appreciate the
release of GeoRoute v. 1.0 from Blue
Marble Geographics. GeoRoute lets you easily add routing features to your
applications using existing mapping data in MapInfo MIF or ESRI Shape files,
which means you don't need to develop custom routing databases. Routing can be
optimized based on distance or time and can be between any two points with
optional intermediate stops.
If your mapping data doesn't contain attributes like speed, GeoRoute lets you
specify defaults. GeoRoute saves driving directions to an Xbase file you
can manipulate in your application to graphically display the route, provide
textual driving directions, and so forth.
GeoRoute is a DLL that's compatible with Visual Basic, C++, Delphi,
PowerBuilder, C++Builder, and other Windows development tools. Web servers like
Microsoft's IIS that support calling DLLs from server-side objects can also take
advantage of GeoRoute, so you can also build Internet and intranet applications
that provide routing and driving directions.
Fawcette Technical Publications,
publishers of Visual Basic Programmer's Journal, Java Pro, and Enterprise
Development, among other magazines, announced that it has acquired Visual
C++ Developers Journal and the Visual C++ Developers Conference from TPD
Publishing. The Visual C++ Developers Journal Web site will be integrated
into Fawcette's The Development Exchange.
Visual C++ Developers Conference joins Fawcette's Visual
Basic Insiders Technical Summit (VBITS) conference. The next Visual C++
Developers Conference takes place in Anaheim, November 1-3.
Red Hat, "a leading provider and
developer of open source software, services and information," has reported
its second fiscal quarter results. In the first six months of its current fiscal
year, Red Hat reported a loss of US$5.2 million. At the close of Thursday's
market, Red Hat's stock price of US$101 gave it a market capitalization of US$6.75
I can't really top that kind of news, can I?
If you're looking for a powerful spreadsheet for your Java applications or
applets, check out Tidestone Technologies's
Formula One, recently released in version 7.0. Formula One is a JavaBean that
provides your users with a Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheet, featuring
support for 325 of Excel's 329 worksheet functions and reading and writing of
Excel files, including those of Excel 2000.
Formula One supports JDBC connections to a wide variety of databases to act
as a database reporting tool. Formula One can be used as a server-side
component, providing Excel file compatibility and Formula One's powerful
spreadsheet calculation engine for server-side scripts. Used server-side,
Formula One can write a spreadsheet as an HTML table, which is useful on devices
that don't support Java.
New to Formula One v. 7.0 are two-dimensional charting compatible with
Excel's charts; undo and redo; Java 2 v. 1.2.2, Swing, and Java2D support; and
support for JavaSoft's InfoBus specification.
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