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By: Lisa A. Sandford

Abstract: Daily news summary for 28 September 1999. By Lisa Sandford.

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Daily news summary for 28 September 1999.

And the survey says...

You won't get a kiss from Richard Dawson, but you will be eligible to win a free copy of Borland C++Builder Professional if you complete the Borland C++Survey found at The survey, which asks questions about C++ development and related topics, takes about 10 minutes to complete. Responses will remain anonymous and results will be published once the survey period has ended, sometime before November 1.

The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback on the current features of the Borland C++ compiler and IDE and ask users what features they would like in future releases. Questions range from development team size to which printed magazines users read regularly. Inprise says that responses will "have a direct impact on future product releases."

The ten free copies of C++Builder Professional will be given away at the next major release of the project. Prize winners will be selected by random drawings of all eligible survey respondents and will be notified via e-mail. The drawing will be held on November 1, 1999.

Inprise Corp.
100 Enterprise Way
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

A guiding light in e-commerce

From creating an e-commerce business plan to a process for fulfillment management, the eBizplanner from Inc. is a step-by-step guide to building online businesses. The product, dubbed the "world's first e-commerce business planning guide" was released on Monday, Sept. 27.

The eBizplanner helps e-commerce companies create a concise plan for their online business through an easy-to-follow format. The planner brings users through every step in the process, from gathering market data to developing a marketing plan to designing processes for order management and fulfillment management. "The eBizplanner is designed to help businesses clearly articulate their e-commerce businesses strategy as well as the plan to implement that strategy," said Tom Osenton, author of the eBizplanner.

A new era in help

If you're looking to enter a new era of Help authoring and documentation, check out RoboHELP Office 2000, which Blue Sky Software Corp. started shipping last week. The product introduces several advances in Help authoring. HTML Help support offers self-sizing popups, build tags, glossaries, browse sequences, and a rearchitected WinHelp-to-HTML Help conversion. "The industry's best" WinHelp support is one mouse click away. RoboHELP Office 2000 also provides full support for all JavaHelp features, including context-sensitive Help, full text search, table of contents, index, and more. Blue Sky's exclusive WebHelp format -- in its third generation and fully optimized for Web sites, intranets, e-commerce, Windows, Unix, and Macintosh -- features a full text search, dynamic HTML support, related topics, and support for more platforms than ever before. RoboHELP's Improved HTML-to-print technology makes it easy to create printed documentation from an HTML Help project.

If you place an order by Sept. 30, Blue Sky will send you a free bonus.

Blue Sky Software Corporation
7777 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Chat them up

You'll have a chance to chat with the Delphi team during a Delphi Live Chat on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. PST. It's your chance to give the team your feedback and get answers to technical questions on topics inlcuding Delphi 5's InternetExpress, MIDAS, ADOExpress, TeamSource, and more.

Stay tuned to and for details about where the chat will take place.

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