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2 days left - special offers for Delphi, C++Builder, RAD Studio developers! There are only 2 days left to take advantage of the Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio special offers. The last day to take advantage of the offers is June 28, 2010. Following the format of the "Late Show with David Letterman Top Ten list", here are the "number 2" reasons to use Delphi, C++Builder, Delphi Prism and RAD Studio. 2. Delphi - Speed your way from prototype to production – get your ideas started fast with rapid prototyping using the time-tested, extensible, rich and full-featured V...
4 days left - special offers for Delphi, C++Builder, RAD Studio developers! There are only 4 days left to take advantage of the Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio special offers. The last day to take advantage of the offers is June 28, 2010. Following the format of the "Late Show with David Letterman Top Ten list", here are the "number 4" reasons to use Delphi, C++Builder, Delphi Prism and RAD Studio. 4. Delphi - Work with all your data – Delphi provides lean, native, high performance access to all the popular database management systems including Microsoft SQL Serve...
25 years here - today - development tools are even better On June 18, 1985 I joined Borland International in Scotts Valley California.  It was great to come to a developer tools and software company.  It is a special treat to be able to work on developer tools and be a developer.  25 years have passed and they have all been great years.   There have been some ups and downs, some changes (of company names and addresses in Scotts Valley).  One thing has stayed in the same place (besides me) - the drive to continually improve, enhance and simplify this th...
What is Homomorphic Encryption, and Why Should I Care? The March 2010 issue of the Communications of the ACM includes a technical paper with an introduction entitled "A First Glance of Cryptography's Holy Grail" (ACM subscription required). That's enough to catch my attention. The paper itself, Computing Arbitrary Functions of Encrypted Data, describes a relatively new algorithm for homomorphic encryption. Although these words may be unfamiliar to many, the subject matter is terribly important, because, like public-key encryption, which paved the...

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What developers think... In today's Dr. Dobbs Update (delieverd to your email box if you request it), Jon Erickson (DDJ editor) mentiones an article with the summary results of a survey DDJ did in cooperation with Forrester Research. The survey was created to understand how tools and technologies are affecting developers. In the article, What Developers Think, written by Jeffrey Hammond, Research Analyst for Forrester Research, Jeffrey uses the term "technology populism" and writes about "the growing trend where tech...
Cloud and lightweight frameworks key in 2010: Forrester There was a time when JBuilder was dominating the Java Enterprise programming and I was visiting theserverside.com almost every day. The more I work with Embarcadero All-Access and Tool Cloud technologies the more I see the benefits single developers and teams can gain from instant access to arbitrary tools, simplified licensing and reporting. It was not surprising to see on TheServerSide.com that the Forrester has the same feeling: "Cloud computing platforms, low-cost application frameworks...

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DBArtisan now supports Microsoft SQL Azure databases Today, at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC'09) in Los Angeles, Embarcadero Technologies announced DBArtisan for the SQL Azure database from Microsoft. The special edition of DBArtisan helps organizations expedite the deployment and simplify the management of cloud-based databases and applications. DBArtisan for SQL Azure provides for basic database administration at the schema level, including object management and editors, SQL editing and schema extraction, as well as mi...
David Linthicum and Bernard Golden on the McKinsey Cloud Report A post, by David Linthicum, that appeared on my Facebook stream: "Clearing the Air on McKinsey's Cloud Report: The world of cloud computing was shocked last week with the release." David's blog post, "Clearing the air on McKinsey's Cloud Report" - http://www.intelligententerprise.com/movabletype/blog/dlinthic.html/blog/archives/2009/04/clearing_the_ai.html Bernard Golden's article, "McKinsey Cloud Computing Report Conclusions Don't Add Up" - http://www.cio.com/article/490770/McKinsey_Cloud...

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Software in the news.... While I was travelling, I tried to keep up on the news happening in our industry, in research, and at universities.  Here are a few recent news items that I'm sure will be of interest to developers: I.B.M. Computer Program to Take on 'Jeopardy!' New York Times (04/27/09) P. A11; Markoff, John http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/technology/27jeopardy.html NIST Suggests Areas for Further Security Metrics Research Government Computer News (03/09/09) Jackson, William http://gcn.com/article...

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