By: Bob Arnson
Abstract: Daily news summary for 27 October 1999. By Bob Arnson.
Application Cookbook (O'Reilly
& Associates 1999, ISBN 1-56592-577-7) by Jerry Bradenbaugh. The
recently published book follows in the footsteps of the best-selling Perl
Cookbook, says O'Reilly.
goes further, says O'Reilly, by providing larger, ready-to-use applications that
address common Web site needs. Users of the book will follow a cookbook format
requirements, according to the publisher. The book also includes features like a
client-side search engine, on-line test administration, and cookies-based user
through O'Reilly's Web site or by calling 800-998-9938. Chapter
1 of the book, "The Client-Side Search Engine," is available free
on the Web.
HakanSoft offers a
software component that finds string expressions and evaluates them at run-time,
providing users with more flexibility: the HakanSoft Formula Engine. Among the
engine's features are a set of numerical, Boolean, and other operators; advanced
array handling; and user-defined, dynamic variables and function calls, says its
maker. According to HakanSoft, its Formula Engine also handles number, string,
logical, and array types in expressions; compiles expressions quickly; and
allows re-execution of expressions once compilation is complete.
The Java version of Formula Engine requires Java
1.1 or greater and any Java development tool. The ActiveX version runs on
Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0 using any ActiveX-compatible development environment,
including Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0.
An evaluation version of the product can be downloaded
and purchased online. Pricing is US$200 for either version and
US$995 for the source code for either version.
The power of open source software in the demanding Internet server
environment has led Intel Corp. to enter into an agreement with Red
Hat Inc. to bundle Red Hat Linux into its newly created Intel
Global ISP Program.
Commenting on this joint venture, Tim Buckley, senior vice president and COO
of Red Hat states, "The unique demands of ISPs and other enterprise server
environments are well addressed by the stability and power of open source and
the Red Hat Linux operating system. Intel's rapidly growing ISP program and
server building blocks, coupled with Red Hat's open source and open source
services expertise, makes this a promising collaboration for both
And agreeing with the open source momentum in the Internet server world,
Scott Richardson, general manager of Intel's communications and Internet server
division states, "A key part of our ISP channel program is to provide a
full range of products and services and thus offer a large menu of choices for
ISPs and their business customers. This Red Hat solution gives [Intel]
another strong option for these rapidly growing providers."
Benefiting from a requirements management tool to facilitate project
execution is no longer an expensive option for the low-end user. Quality
Systems & Software Inc. has just released a Microsoft Word-based
solution for this non-traditional market segment. QSSrequireit
1.1, is an entry-level, single-user requirements management tool designed for managers and
support staff who are new to the process of requirements management. It is a
simple, fully Word-based solution for capturing, tracking, and managing
QSSrequireit 1.1's strong point is its ease of use. There is no need to
manage separate database applications. Identifying key characteristics of
requirement and link-related requirements is easy. With hyperlinking built into
report generation, and custom templates to support the complete software
development cycle, new users can be up and running almost immediately.
For users of DOORS, the flagship requirements management solution from Quality Systems &
Software, QSSrequireit 1.1 can provide the ideal tool for initial requirements
A free trial copy is available at www.qssrequireit.com.
Single user licenses cost US$199 each.
Dow Jones & Co. announced Tuesday that it's giving four low-tech
companies the boot in favor of some higher-tech replacements -- and Home Depot
Starting next Monday, Chevron, Goodyear Tire, Union Carbide, and Sears
Roebuck will no longer be included in the Dow Jones Industrial average,
according to the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, whose editors
enacted the change. Sears has been in the Dow for 75 of the index's 103 years,
since 1924; Union Carbide has been in for 71 years.
Replacing these industrial powerhouses of old will be two of the technology
leaders of today -- Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. -- along with SBC Communications
Inc. and home improvement retailer Home Depot. As of Monday, Home
Depot is up 20 percent in the Dow industrials for the year, Microsoft is up 33
percent, Intel is up 24 percent, and SBC is down 17 percent.
The move, analysts say, points to the transformation of the U.S. economy from
the Rust Belt into the Digital Age. Journal managing
editor Paul Steiger said that the changes are meant to make the Dow "more
representative of the evolving US economy."
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