This is a checklist of items you need for an all-encompassing personal
branding strategy. Personal branding is the process of marketing and selling
yourself as a brand in order to gain success in business. Personal branding
is a continual process just as knowing yourself is a continual process. As
you grow, so does your brand. The need for personal branding arises from the
fact that globalization has increased competition in the workplace. As the
wheat is separated from the chaff, if you are left standing, you are left
standing with others of good caliber. The playing field is now that much more
challenging since your competition is as good as, or better, than you.
To paraphrase David Samuel, the bloke who got me into personal branding after
I saw him speak a few years ago; he spoke about of why you need personal
branding. His audience was a group from a large teleco... (more)
I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by
the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.
Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old
enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain
cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up
and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal
because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on
water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly
already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can
already no longer be with us?
The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last
time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his
language was named. It was in the context ... (more)
I am always being told off by i-technologists for quoting Picasso as having
said that computers are useless. But I still love his reasoning? "Because
they can only give you answers."
Picasso, like AJAXWorld Magazine, liked questions. So we thought we would
share with you what some of the world's leading rich Internet application
pioneers are thinking may be the next questions that we need to see answered.
From that readers can themselves infer where AJAX is headed.
What are the top questions to ask next about AJAX?
Eric Miraglia of Yahoo!
1. (From March'08) How do I calculate the ROI of building my RIA on the
iPhone SDK vs using AJAX?
2. How do I assess the performance of my app and decide what to do next to
make it faster?
3. When it comes to accessibility, how do I know what's required of me for
my rich web apps? Beyond what's required, what makes good business se... (more)
Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT
operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and
see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
One of the "inflexion points" of the development of the Web, when
commentators and analysts draw breath for long enough to chronicle its
history, is certain to be the day that Google, through first Gmail and then
Google Maps, opened the eyes of millions to the fact that the Web can be
smarter, more responsive, and interactive...above all, that it doesn't have
to involve "click, wait, and refresh."
bellwether apps. But those of us who have followed the Macromedia, now Adobe,
story know of course that AJAX is very much a Johnny-come-lately to the Rich
Internet Applications party.
Whereas "AJAX" is barely a year old (Jesse James Garrett having coined it Feb
18, 2005), "Rich Internet Applications" as a term was in circulation many
years before. Already at the beginning of the new century, Macrome... (more)
"As businesses are beginning to see more traffic through their cloud services
or APIs than their browser-based applications, it is necessary to have a
scalable, easy to install analytics solution for valuable business insight,"
said Chet Kapoor, CEO of Sonoa Systems, as his company today announced the
availability of Sonoa Analytics, a powerful solution that enables
business-level visibility and decision support for cloud services and APIs.
"We are addressing this need and giving our customers the ability to rapidly
introduce a powerful, enterprise-grade analytics solution built for 'cloud
No executive, Kapoor argues, would run a Web site without the analytics to
understand and make decisions around customers, partners and investments.
"APIs require the same level of visibility," he notes.
In the growing API economy, Kapoor says, companies are s... (more)
In the past few months, the design pattern of combining Asynchronous
been growing in popularity. High-profile Web applications such as Google Maps
and A9 are currently leveraging the combination of these technologies to
produce rich client-side user experiences. The individual technologies that
compose AJAX are not recent developments; they have been around for some time
and have been continuously updated and improved. However, it is the recent
confluence of these technologies that is leading to interesting
I have three goals in this article. First, I want to provide a high-level
overview of AJAX-style applications. My second goal is to provide a detailed
description of asynchronous callback features of ASP.NET 2.0. Finally, I want
to provide an insight into upcoming enhance... (more)
I am sure that most of you have heard about or have had a chance to use
Google Maps. It's a great service and I was really impressed by the
responsiveness of the application and the ease with which users could drag
and zoom maps from a Web browser. It has in many ways heralded the arrival of
development in the days to come.
What makes the service even better is the availability of the Google Maps API
(Application Programming Interface) as a free Beta service. The API allows
developers to embed Google Maps in their custom applications. It also allows
them to overlay information on the map and customize the map to their needs.
As I write this article there are quite a few sites that utilize Google Maps,
and more and more of them are appearing by the day.
The API by itself is pretty straightfor... (more)
"We've seen the Web moving from a publishing paradigm to an e-business
paradigm to an AJAX paradigm." That is the considered verdict of IBM Software
Group's CTO of Emerging Internet Technologies, David Boloker. And he's right:
AJAX is here, it's growing, and it's (potentially) the biggest thing to hit
the i-Technology world since Java.
For those who dislike talk of "paradigm shifts" and suchlike, on principle,
let's examine why this particular shift is more than just marketeering, for
For a start, it's not new...only the name is. Which means that the AJAX
approach - for it is more an approach than it is a technolog in itself - is
in fact already tried and true.
Secondly, its naming last year - by Jesse James Garrett (pictured), of
Adaptive Path - has caught on not because the i-Technology world needed
another acronym - it surely doesn't - but because it is the... (more)
2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will
'08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to
stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management
System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere
mega-mergers of 2007?
As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its
globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives,
commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth
of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the
industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who,
within what kind of time-scale.
RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors
Director of Web Technologies, Sun
Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)
2008 is going to be an important year for Rich Internet Applications. Most
organizations are delivering or planning to deliver Rich Internet
Applications; however, at the same time, most IT managers are facing a
dilemma: which Rich Internet Application technology and platform to use? The
number of different frameworks and libraries is too vast to even consider
evaluating a fraction of them.
To make this task manageable, I'm going to narrow things down to three
different technologies for delivering enterprise-level Rich Internet
Applications. While the first two (JSF and Flex) are proven technologies that
have been used for a numbers of years, JavaFX is a new declarative language
for building rich user interfaces using Java.
It's essential for IT managers to consider and be aware that more than one
delivery platform exists today for Rich Internet Applications. Table... (more)