For many years, people have been concerned with how applications were structured. This concept became very popular with the client-server applications built with tools like PowerBuilder and Visual Basic. In the late 1990’s, there was a move towards 3-tier applications (client, middleware and server) as web development first started to take hold. As developers started […]

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The Java is dead meme has resurfaced, this time the instigator is Mike Gualtieri from Forrester. Given his general premise of Java is dead for enterprise development, I find it odd that he basically starts with: Java is still a great choice for app dev teams that have developed the architecture and expertise to develop […]

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Last week, Google had two announcements that are pointing to new directions in ecommerce. First, Google introduced improvements to their product search. Improving product search sounds fairly lame by itself until you look at what “improvements” are included: Local availability on Google Product Search: They have partnered with more than 70 retail brands and software […]

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Everyone has been talking about the rumor and now announced Facebook messaging that is not email. There is a ton of coverage of the announcement already. People are already complaining that it is not a GMail killer, or that it is not appropriate for business or that you can not “cc” anyone. Facebook will argue […]

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There is some interesting fighting going on recently regarding contact lists between Google and Facebook. Both services want to give users the ability to export some information, but neither service wants to populate the contact list of the other. Much of the argument seems to center around “data portability” or “openness”. However, the real fight is […]

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