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All in all, it's been a pretty good year. The hundreds of clients you've developed applications for are all happy. The software development division has grown by leaps and bounds. Then, just when it looks like you've reached the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, trouble comes calling. It's been brought to your attention that some clients aren't getting the upgraded versions of their orders. Some complain that they're receiving versions that seemed to be fine-tuned for someone else. Still more disturbing is the fact that the documentation enclosed with the software isn't always up to date. When you investigate, you discover a whole new layer of problems. It seems that when changes are made to suit the needs of the customer, not everyone is told about it on time. The software development teams are not "talking" to each other regarding which changes are made to wh... (more)

Product Review: StudioJ

So you've got a nice Java application in the works. Your team has toiled for weeks to get it just right. Finally, the magic moment arrives. The development team has a meeting, and every part of the code is humming perfectly, doing just what you intended it to do. Now comes that final step, when the code is brought together into one big application. There's just one last detail - it's time to make the program "user friendly," which usually means, among other things, adding a GUI (graphical user interface) so the end users don't have to be programmers or rocket scientists to use it... (more)

InstallAnywhere

The huge task of creating that great Java application is finally over. Although the product is "user friendly" when up and running, installation has typically been very cumbersome and time consuming. A product that is easy for the layman to install will surely outsell one that isn't. You must now go back to work. What's needed is a development tool that not only enables applications to be installed easily for the end-user, but is quick and easy for the developer to use as well. What's needed is InstallAnywhere from Zero G Software, Inc. InstallAnywhere enables the creation of a ... (more)

Visual Quantify by Rational Software

You've just finished up that Java program you've been working on for a while. You sit back in your chair and feel proud of yourself. It's now time to show your finished work to the boss. Half an hour later he calls you into the office. "What's this?" he asks as he holds up one of the floppies that you proudly gave him just a little while ago. You try to hide the confusion and fear in your voice as you answer. "It's the application I've been working on. It's finished, and I just wanted you to have a look at it." He gestures you to his side of the desk. You watch him open the appli... (more)

ROAD: BeanBox by Specialized Software

So there it is - the opportunity of a lifetime. It seems that the local public utilities commission has allocated a hefty budget to a new project. They want to be able to "link" all of their users in the county utilities building to the same database. All they need is a good database administrator to come in and make it happen. This appears to be a pretty cut-and-dried job on the surface, but when you arrive you are horrified to learn that all is not as it seems. Most of the office employees are on a Windows NT network, the engineers upstairs need their UNIX system and, to make m... (more)