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Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity applications.... (more)

The Shape of i-Technology To Come: Predictions for 2006

According to SYS-CON Media's worldwide network of software development activists, evangelists and executives - including the creator of Ruby on Rails, David Heinemeier Hansson  - 2006 promises to be a vintage year for software development... Take Microsoft, for example: A new client OS is on the way, Microsoft Vista, due late in 2006, giving rise to the obvious question: will the new cool 3D user interface be enough to move user to upgrade? We’ll see. Maybe the new built-in security, performance features, and integrated search will be enough to convince users – after ... (more)

Web Age Solutions Named "Silver Sponsor" of SOA World Conference & Expo

Web Age Solutions is a  provider of technology mentoring and education to the Fortune 500. Their "Preferred Vendor" status with the global leaders is a result of their highly progressive approach to knowledge transfer and relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction. While many of their competitors are just now getting their feet wet with SOA, they have been delivering SOA training and mentoring since 2003. Moving well beyond theoretical discussions of SOA, we have a deep library of practical SOA curriculum backed by hands-on experience. Web Age understands that unique business p... (more)

AJAX DocumentViewer Launches Server Based Light Weight Viewer

AJAX DocumentViewer has announced the immediate release of its viewer which can be installed anywhere and can help to view almost any document and image with a web browser. AJAX DocumentViewer offers these key features and benefits: Not a Virtual Printer-Based Converter: AJAX Document Viewer is not a virtual printer based server, which means no installation of a virtual printer on the server. AJAX Document Viewer is based on Multiple Tenancy Concept, resulting in faster conversion rates and performance as multiple users can access the server at the same time and get various docum... (more)

What Is AJAX?

(October 7, 2005) - AJAX isn't a technology, or a language, and there's no recipe to implement it; it's just a combination of various components to achieve something you otherwise couldn't: asynchronous http requests. However, since early 2005, when Google and Flickr popularized the concept, its use has grown rapidly. The name AJAX is short for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. It uses the JavaScript XMLHttpRequest function to create a tunnel from the client's browser to the server and transmit information back and forth without having to refresh the page. The data travels in XML ... (more)

Google Maps and ASP.NET

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 AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), which I am sure will revitalize Web 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 Map... (more)