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By: Kevin D. Weeks
Abstract: Daily news summary for 3 November 1999. By Kevin D. Weeks.
Looking for a single tool to create all your install and uninstall programs? FileStream.com
Inc. may have the answer.
Version 3.2.1 of FileStream's InstallConstruct supports the creation of
Installer, Setup Wizard, Uninstaller, and HTML-based Internet component download
applications. This $199 program helps developers create installers for Windows
3.1, 95, 98, and NT. Additionally, FileStream.com says, the tool creates install
programs for Windows 2000.
InstallConstruct's wizards and tools generate script files to govern the
creation of install applications. Developers can edit scripts manually to create
variant install programs or rely on the wizards to create new installers from
Developers who choose the "Setup Wizard" option can customize the
Windows Setup Wizard with their own graphics, logo, and formatted text.
InstallConstruct supports the construction of Internet, intranet, CD-ROM,
multiple-volume CD-ROM, and diskette distributions. The toolkit creates and
customizes Uninstaller applications as well. Font delivery, automatic archival
of existing components, and automatic ("silent") updates are
supported. International language scripts support English, Danish, Dutch,
Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian,
Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish installations.
The application is available immediately online
and from dealers and distributors worldwide.
Don't be the last on your block to sign up for SD Times, the new
twice-per-month newspaper of the software development industry from BZ
to be launched in February 2000, promises to cover "the news, analysis, and
vital information needed to help large enterprises manage their increasingly
interrelated software and applications development activities," according
to BZ Media.
Says SD Times publisher Ted
Bahr: "No publication has ever attempted to serve the software
development manager's need for news and analysis. More than 40 monthly technical
journals help working programmers write Java servlets and review Linux
device-driver kits; they're not focused on providing news or analysis. The IT
newsweeklies are more concerned with servers and routers...that leaves a huge
hole in the market. Nobody's providing the wide-angle view on issues
specifically affecting software development managers."
There's no subscription form on BZ's Web site yet, but there's an interesting
programmer productivity -- a taste of things to come, no doubt.
Visual Basic programmers know that they are able to create reusable software
as ActiveX components. But sometimes there's nothing like a plain ol' DLL. The
problem is that Visual Basic alone isn't capable of exporting subs and functions
for external programs to call.
MegaPhat looks to change all that with vbExport,
a $49.95 Visual Basic add-in that adds export facilities to Visual Basic DLLs at
compile time. The result? Redistributable DLLs callable from any language.
vbExport currently supports the stdcall calling convention, with support for
cdecl planned and fastcall "if there is demand."
Software Solutions has improved its component suite adding nine new controls
to the mixture raising the total to more than 90. Raize
Components 2.5 includes a pair of new date and time pickers and a pair of
new rich edit controls. All four of these have additional properties to support
custom framing. A new button can display a glyph, a tray icon makes it easier to
add an application to the system tray, and the company has added a data aware
version of its ExpandEdit component. The company also added more design-time
editors and improved some existing editors.
The FrameController now only controls the components that reference it
through a new FrameController property. The reported advantage is that
developers can use multiple frame controllers to control different sets of
component frames on the same form. In addition, all data-entry controls now have
a TabOnEnter property which cause the focus to shift to the next control when
the Enter key is pressed.
The toolset supports Delphi versions 1, 3, 4, and 5 and C++Builder versions 3
and 4. The list price is US$249 but users who purchased the previous version
after 1 July, 1999 may upgrade for free, and for a limited time, other users of
previous versions may upgrade for US$29.
OEM wireless vendors, take note. Motorola has developed a single
chip capable of accommodating all current wireless standards -- worldwide.
This brings even more robust capability to Motorola's wireless Web technology.
With a hefty on-chip ROM, and a flexible peripheral-set, OEM manufacturers can
utilize the new DSP56690 baseband processor for any wireless device that adheres
to CDMA, GSM, iDEN, TDMA or satellite-based protocols.
Intended primarily for high-end applications that use GPRS and WAP-enabled
browsers, Motorola's new offering utilizes their standard dual-core architecture
-- a DSP 56600 core running at 100+Mhz and an M-CORE M210 microcontroller which
runs at 50+MHZ. The two processors share a RAM memory block interface.
Features of the DSP56600 include:
The DSP56600 chip is also suitable for lower-tier applications, making it a
good choice for the multi-application vendor.
Unisys and Microsoft are collaborating on enhancing servers to provide
dynamic partitioning. According to the partners this will provide enhanced
server performance, reliability, and flexibility on future versions of Microsoft
Server. The Datacenter Server OS is a version of Windows
intended for mission-critical applications.
By using dynamic partitioning the servers will be able to "shift
resources within a system without interruptions to processing." The
capability is an extension of the static partitioning provided by the Unisys E-@ction
Enterprise Server ES7000. Reportedly dynamic partitioning also reduces the need
for separate servers because administrators can schedule servers that might
otherwise be idle to handle a second application.
The companies expect the capability to be particularly useful for
international firms conducting transactions around the world 24 hours a day.
And there is a great new one available for Visio
2000 users. Osborne Media
Group, a division of McGraw Hill, has just released Visio
2000: The Official Guide. Lauded by Visio CEO Jeremy Jaech for making
learning easy and fun, Visio 2000: The Official Guide promises to turn
its readers into masters in diagramming technical business documents -- be it
schematics, flow charts or network configurations. The end result is a clear,
effective business visual.
Authored by John Hedtke
and Elisabeth Knottingham, the guide takes you through drawing basics up to the
creation of hyperlinks in HTML, providing easy-to-understand explanations of
commands, tools, styles and techniques. Megg Bonar, Osborne's acquisition editor
states, "When it comes to Visio 2000, this book teaches you everything you
need to know."
Visio 2000: The Official Guide comes in a 512 page softcover edition,
and retails for US$35. It can be ordered at Osborne's Web
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