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Last week, a US based Flex/Flash developer who IMO belongs to the top 20% Flash developers twitted that he was contacted by a recruiter offering a contract paying $55 per hour. While $55 per hour may sound a lot in some of the developing countries, the cost of living in the USA makes this rate a joke. And we are not talking about some rookie who learn Flex last week in a classroom.  Pretty sad, isn’t it? Next day, a manager of a large corporation asked me if our company can provide them with a senior Flex/Java consultant working onsite in a greater New York area.  The rates were $60-$80 per hour plus this software developer would have to go through another consulting company that was on a preferred vendors list of this large corporation. This middleman would also need to get a cut from this rate. Let’s do some math together assuming that the corporate client is will... (more)

McNealy: "They Won't Let Me Start a Blog"

Related Links: Schwartz: "Sun and Microsoft Agree" (But Sun and IBM Don't) Tim Bray: "iPod? Blackberry? Texting? Not For Me, Thanks" Where Is Sun Going with Linux? McNealy: "Sun Is Not Proprietary, Just As IBM Is Not Bankrupt" So, how well-read would it be? Scott McNealy has been hypothesizing that "It would be very well-read," even though - so he explains - he can't start one because he has "to play a little bit more like Switzerland" and be neutral. (Oh, that would be a McNealy first right there.) Yes, "CEO Blogging" is back in the headlines again. So, should he or shouldn't he? Presumably McNealy would be more than welcome to join The International Club of CEO Bloggers - led by Guillaume du Gardier who describes himself as "CEO and Blogger" (for the curious, CEO Bloggers' Club comes out in French as "Club des PDG Blogueurs" - so now you know!) McNealy, were he ever... (more)

Is This the RIA Platform We've All Been Waiting For? – Laszlo Goes From Strength To Strength

Pop quiz: what company both doubled its annual revenue in 2006 and closed a $26.25 million round of funding? Clue: it also tracked 290,000 downloads of its RIA platform and lined up IBM, Walmart.com, H&R Block, Monster, Barclays Global and Pandora as customers. Extra clue: it also announced project "Orbit" which will allow developers using its platform to compile into Java Mobile and run it on devices. If none of the above clues helped, then you've clearly not yet tried OpenLaszlo, don't yet use Laszlo Mail, haven't explored the Laszlo Webtop, and aren't familiar with the OpenLaszlo 4 project, formerly codenamed "Legals." For the company we are talking of here is Laszlo Systems. OpenLaszlo 4.0 is currently in its first beta release, and is like the beating heart of Laszlo Systems.  The aim of OpenLaszlo 4.0 is to provide a single application environment that supports... (more)

Xandros on the Desktop Means Business

With a new business desktop, a "Best Front Office Solution" award, and an expanding product line, things are looking good for Xandros. LWM Editor-in-Chief Kevin Bedell spoke with Dr. Frederick H. Berenstein at LinuxWorld Expo; here he shares the history of Xandros and, more important, what he sees in the future. LWM: So, Frederick, tell us a little bit about Xandros and where it came from. Berenstein: Xandros originally came from the acquisition of the former Corel Linux Business Division by a group of investors called Linux Global Partners. That took place in 2001, and it was sort of the last major acquisition that Linux Global Partners did after they invested in and started some of the best-known companies in the Linux world today. For instance, Linux Global Partners started Ximian, which was sold to Novell this past summer, and Linux Global Partners also started... (more)

Oracle 10g Release 2 Claims World Record

Oracle has announced what it calls a new record-breaking TPC-H three terabyte (TB) data warehousing benchmark for Oracle Database 10g Release 2. Running on an IBM eServer p5 595 system with 64 1.9 GHz IBM POWER5 processors using the IBM AIX 5L V5.3 operating system, Oracle Database 10g Release 2 achieved record performance of 100,512.3 [email protected]/3000GB with a price-performance ratio of $53.00/[email protected] "This new world record demonstrates the value of Oracle Database 10g Release 2 for those customers seeking a great performing database for their mission-critical deployments," said Oracle Vice President of Server Performance, Richard Sarwal. "For over 25 years, Oracle has set the industry standard for performance, enabling customers to achieve unmatched value with the strength and innovation of the Oracle Database." This benchmark adds to the extensive list of Oracle Datab... (more)

LG Introduces World's First Java-based Mobile Handset

LG Electronics and SavaJe Technologies Inc. have announced that LG Electronics is the first company in the world to complete development of a handset using SavaJe OS, SavaJe Technologies' Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) Connected Device Configuration (CDC) based open OS. LG Electronics is demonstrating and promoting the product to operators worldwide, and is ready to mass-produce handsets to operator specifications for delivery in 2006. The LG Electronics handset features a slide design with 176x220 color TFT display, 1.3MPixel camera, Bluetooth, and an SD Card memory card for storage of up to 1GB of applications, music, video and pictures. The handset plays MP3, AAC and AAC+ music formats as well as H.263 and MPEG4 videos. "The SavaJe and LG Electronics implementation of a complete handset operating system based on Java technologies extends significant opportu... (more)

Why Is Agile Development Hard?

I bet you thought agile development was supposed to be easier than a traditional, prescriptive process! That I would wax evangelical that agile development is the answer to everything, and it simplifies your life. Yeah, just like UML and model-driven architecture and XML and SOA and Web services are silver bullets. Uh-huh, r-i-g-h-t. If you aren't familiar with agile development, you can check out our manifesto here: www.agilemanifesto.org/. You can also learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development. The difficulty with "agile development" is that it is "in the eye of the beholder." That is, even a highly regulated, constrained application can be conducted in an agile manner. That manner will be radically different from the way a five-member team might approach building a small desktop software product that they want to sell. Both project... (more)

PANTA Systems Sets Industry Record TPC-H One Terabyte Clustered Benchmark Result Running Oracle With Linux

PANTA Systems published a new record-setting TPC-H One Terabyte (TB) benchmark running Oracle Database 10g Release 2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters with Linux1. This is both the fastest and best price/performance TPC-H One TB result for clustered environments. The benchmark employed an 8-node PANTAmatrix with PANTA’s native InfiniBand storage, and achieved a record-breaking performance of 59,353.9 [email protected] with a price-performance ratio of $24.94/[email protected] “The PANTAmatrix platform delivers superior performance, scalability and reliability for large data warehouses through its massive I/O capacity and high performance, cost-effective scale-out storage,” said Fred van den Bosch, CEO, PANTA Systems. “This benchmark shows that PANTAmatrix running Oracle Database10g and Oracle Real Application Clusters provides comparable performance at... (more)

AJAXWorld Conference Announces Exclusive Laszlo Track

OpenLaszlo Track at AJAXWorld Pop quiz: what company both doubled its annual revenue in 2006 and closed a $26.25 million round of funding? Clue: it also tracked 290,000 downloads of its RIA platform and lined up IBM, Walmart.com, H&R Block, Monster, Barclays Global and Pandora as customers. Extra clue: it also announced project "Orbit" which will allow developers using its platform to compile into Java Mobile and run it on devices. If none of the above clues helped, then you've clearly not yet tried OpenLaszlo, don't yet use Laszlo Mail, haven't explored the Laszlo Webtop, and aren't familiar with the OpenLaszlo 4 project, formerly codenamed "Legals." For the company we are talking of here is Laszlo Systems. OpenLaszlo 4.0 is currently in its first beta release, and is like the beating heart of Laszlo Systems.  The aim of OpenLaszlo 4.0 is to provide a single applicatio... (more)

Moviestar: Adobe Releases Flash Player 9 Update 3 Beta 2

HDTV quality Web video for the masses came a step closer today as Adobe announced the latest update for Adobe Flash Player 9 software, code-named Moviestar, which includes H.264 standard video support. That's the same standard deployed in Blu-Ray®and HD-DVD high definition video players. Other enhancements include High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio support, as well as hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced full screen video playback.   "Already a broadly adopted industry standard, the inclusion of the H.264 codec in Adobe Flash Player, Adobe AIR, the Creative Suite product line, and the upcoming Adobe Media Player will accelerate customer workflows, enabling the creation and repurpose of high-quality Web video content without extra development costs," said John Loiacono (pictured), senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. "Adobe is committed to providi... (more)

How to Leverage Social Media for B2B Marketers

It's time for the monthly ClickInsights' Expert Interview Series  - focusing on sharing tips ' n tricks for B2B marketers. This month's focus is on leveraging social media, certainly a timely and much discussed topic! Read the post by B2B marketers including Ardath Albee, Brian Carroll, Patsi Krakoff, M. H. (Mac) McIntosh, Maria Pergolino, Seamus Walsh and yours truly by clicking here:   ClickInsights' Expert Interview Series   ... (more)