Thursday, December 27, 2012

commerceserver.net Releases Commerce Server 10


commerceserver.net, an ISV based in Seattle and Ottawa, today announced the release of the latest version of its enterprise eCommerce software, Commerce Server 10. This marks the first independent release of the software previously sold and marketed as Microsoft Commerce Server.



Commerce Server 10 is the first release on the newly published roadmap for the product and lays the foundations for a rapid evolution of the product which will see it grow from a purely on-premise solution, to one which embraces the Cloud and hybrid scenarios over the next few years. It also adds support for the latest Microsoft server platforms Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5.



In addition to the new platform support, this release introduces a new site building framework with a set of open source starter sites for ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC and of course, SharePoint – all released via CodePlex. This new framework vastly simplifies the building of the presentation tier of eCommerce solutions.

“We are incredibly excited by the release of Commerce Server 10. Not only is it the fastest time-to-market of any Commerce Server release in history, we feel it is by far the most customer-focused and best performing iteration in the product's history. It represents a significant next step on our plans to rapidly evolve Commerce Server into the commerce platform of choice for the .NET ecosystem,” said Ryan Donovan, President and CTO of commerceserver.net.

As part of this announcement, commerceserver.net is proud to introduce a roster of worldwide implementation partners, with more being added each month. “We’re excited that many existing Commerce Server partners are supporting this release but encouraged at the approach from many new partners and customers wanting to work with the platform – it validates both our roadmap and our thinking that there is a vibrant market for a .NET based eCommerce Solution,” said Wayne Smith, Vice President of Product Management.

Source: BusinessWire 

GENIUS INFOTECH LAUNCHES ENHANCED WEBSITE TO PROVIDE 3D ANIMATION SERVICES GLOBALLY


Genius Infotech a leading 3D animation and web development company successfully serving in animation and design industry since last 9 years, announces enhanced website experience at www.geniusinfotech.net. The company thrives to offer best animation development services across the globe and attract more business firms and small businesses.



The newly created website features neat and clean UI and easy navigation to give best user experience. It also includes info graphics and up-to-date information about services to guide the user at next level. The website is designed using WordPress integration and development services by in-house team of the company.



The corporate services offered on website are, 3D animation services, which includes 3d modeling, logo animation, 3d character design, 3d product modeling and more. Exclude 3D Animation. Genius Infotech also offers web development and design services including PHP, ASP.NET, Joomla, Magento, WordPress and other technologies for custom software development.

The In-house resources of the company efficiently completed the task of website launch, and now Genius Infotech is waiting for the user's feedback with hopping current clients and other users who are looking for information of services will find the new corporate website much more useful and easier.

Source: MEDOLIKA

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Veracode’s eLearning Program Guides Developers in Creating Secure Applications


Veracode, Inc., the leader in cloud-based application security testing, encourages application developers to take a more proactive role in securing applications as part of a larger call to action to protect companies from vulnerabilities. Each year, companies spend billions of dollars on outsourcing software development, yet very little is spent on security verification, resulting in security breaches caused by software vulnerabilities.



“We developed these eLearning courses to provide developers with the guidelines and best practices that they should take to ensure the security of their customers.”
Veracode also aims to limit the amount of security checks companies have to make when purchasing third-party applications by offering to developers a web-based eLearning training program. The online courses provide developers with certification and CPE credits and teach developers secure coding for ASP.NET, J2EE and C/C++. eLearning also aims to help developers measure and track their development progress and comply with ISO regulations and industry standards such as SANS Application Security Procurement Contract Language.

“The simple fact is that if someone wants your intellectual property, they are going to use the software you bought, built or outsourced to get it,” said Chris Eng, vice president of research, Veracode. “We developed these eLearning courses to provide developers with the guidelines and best practices that they should take to ensure the security of their customers.”

Veracode suggests that by following its eLearning development suggestions, developers will be able to:

1. Protect companies from vulnerabilities. With the vast amount of threats that constantly pressure companies and government, it is important to ensure that the software applications these organizations utilize are completely secure. To certify applications are free of vulnerabilities, several processes must be employed within the Secure Development Lifecycle (SDLC), including testing the application’s security controls at each stage of development. Such tests include static analysis, dynamic analysis or penetration testing.

2. Preserve data, IP and brand reputation. Some of the most critical application security flaws, including Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and broken authentication, allow for easy exploitation where attackers can completely take over the software, steal data, or prevent the software from working at all. In order to prevent these flaws, security practices must be integrated within the SDLC, and security of internally developed applications must be verified before they are deployed. Additionally, staying on top of patches and software updates can help bring attention to previously undiscovered flaws.

3. Perform business as usual. During the SDLC, developers must model an application, scan the code, check the quality and ensure that it meets regulations, on top of building a unique and useful application. Automated secure development testing tools help developers adhere to these development steps, while finding and fixing security issues at the same time. Veracode offers these services as well as secure development training so that developers can gain further education and insight into security issues they may have created.

Veracode wants all developers to keep these guidelines in mind when creating applications, as they allow them to detect flaws, test the security features of the applications, and ensure the customer’s data is protected above all else.

Source: BusinessWire

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Microsoft releases SkyDrive developer tools including Windows Phone 8, .NET SDKs


Microsoft has a bunch of new developer tools related to its SkyDrive file-sharing and cloud storage service, including new software development kits for .NET and Windows Phone 8.



The new SDKs for the .NET software framework for Windows and the recently released Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system are available for download at Microsoft's own developer portal or via NuGet for Visual Studio projects, the company said in a blog post announcing their availability.
The .NET SDK comes in both a client and server version, providing a .NET library for client desktop apps as well as for ASP.NET applications, Microsoft said, adding that "[w]ith this release you can now create applications that target traditional desktop scenarios and as well as server side scenarios."
Along with the Windows Phone 8 SDK, the devkit for .NET allows developers to build SkyDrive functionality into their apps and programs. For example, with the client version of the .NET SDK, developers can now "create WPF, Windows Form or console applications that let your users use their SkyDrive data," the software giant said.

With the server version of the SDK, .NET developers are now able to build ASP.NET websites and Web server components "that talk to SkyDrive," Microsoft said, while also making it "easier for you to incorporate Microsoft account into your identity system or even just use Microsoft account as your primary identity system."
Microsoft noted that there are already "a ton of Windows Phone applications that ... leverage SkyDrive in their applications." The new SDK basically adds support for the latest version of the OS to the mix but also builds on several new features in Windows Phone 8, the first such release by Microsoft to share the kernel of the flagship Windows operating system for desktops, laptops, and tablets.
One advantage of that shared foundation is that developers can now "easily move [their] code between [their] Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 application" via the new Task async pattern and dynamic keyword protocols.
Microsoft also drew attention to several representative SkyDrive tie-ins developed by its ecosystem, including IFTTT ("if this, then that"), the cross-platform "Recipe" tool that allows users to connect their channels across different social media services; the electronic signature service DocuSign; and SoundGecko, a text-to-audio transcribing service that uses SkyDrive to offer users anywhere access to files.

Source: ITProPortal

Saturday, November 10, 2012

WURFL Cloud Client Available on Windows Azure


ScientiaMobile, Inc., a US company offering the popular WURFL framework commercially, has today announced the availability of the WURFL Cloud Service on the Windows Azure Marketplace for ASP.NET developers. Companies that need to tailor their content to mobile devices can rely on state-of-the-art Device Detection from a company with 12 years experience in this field.



“A conspicuous amount of our infrastructure is running on the Microsoft Azure Cloud. It is fast and reliable. Organizations loyal to the Microsoft platform will be pleased to know that the WURFL cloud latency will be even lower for Azure-hosted applications.” - said Steve Kamerman, COO at ScientiaMobile.



“For us, the Azure Cloud is just one side of the Azure story. The other side is the Windows Azure Marketplace. It is a great place to publish, advertise and sell software components for the benefit of the community of ASP.NET developers,” said Krishna Guda, ScientiaMobile’s CEO. - “Being part of Azure obviously represents an opportunity for ScientiaMobile to extend the reach of our technology and having a clear path to developers in the Microsoft galaxy. For this reason, I asked my team to double down on the Azure integration in order to establish our well-deserved position on the portal as the first framework for mobile device detection. That objective is accomplished and we are very satisfied.”



“Microsoft has been aware of WURFL for a long time. Microsoft developers have adopted WURFL for many years simply because of word of mouth. Seeing WURFL being powered by the Azure Cloud and offered as part of the Azure Marketplace is the natural evolution of a developer library that has conquered its credibility the hard way throughout the years. ScientiaMobile’s choice of adopting both the Azure Marketplace and the Azure Cloud leaves us very pleased” - said Luca Venturelli, Server & Tools Business Group Lead at Microsoft.

Developers can sign up to the WURFL Cloud Service on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Source: equities

Mono 3.0 Brings C# Up-To-Date


Mono 3.0 has been released with a complete C# 5.0 compiler with asynchronous programming support, improved garbage collection and the incorporation of Microsoft's open-source framework for Web development.



Announcing Mono 3.0 on his blog, Miguel de Icaza writes:
After a year and a half, we have finally released Mono 3.0.

He also says the project is:
"moving to a more nimble release process with Mono 3.0. We are trying to reduce our inventory of pending work and get new features to everyone faster. This means that our "master" branch will remain stable from now on, and that large projects will instead be developed in branches that are regularly landed into our master branch"

This third major revision of Mono, the open source, cross-platform, implementation of the .NET framework, adds support for features added in .NET 5, in particular asynchronous programming which improves an applications ability to respond to input during long-running tasks. The .NET 4.5 Async API profile is now the default for the compiler, but it can support all .NET API profiles for compilation.

It also incorporates the assemblies from Microsoft's open-sourced ASP.NET framework for Web development with Mono's implementation of JSON now being replaced by Microsoft's. ASP.NET's Web Pages, MVC 4, Entity Framework object-relational mapping, and the "Razor" view engine are now all included. Obviously using the same assemblies as the "real thing" reduces the possiblity of any differences.
There are also performance and scalability improvements to garbage collection  and runtime optimizations and enhancements to the capabilities of Mono on Mac OS X and iOS, including the prospect of having F# 3.0 bundled with them. See the Release Notes for more details.

There is the wider issue of the place of Mono in the new landscape being created by Microsoft. There is a very real sense in which Mono carries the enthusiasm for .NET which Microsoft seems to have lost. However Mono isn't the real thing and many programmers are unsure of it. Certainly there is little point in switching to Mono under Windows unless you really need the open source or cross platform aspects.

However what about Mono 4?
Even with limited resources the Mono team might well run out of Microsoft sourced innovations to incorporate into the new framework. Will Mono then become the front runner in .NET development?

Source: I Programmer

Sitecore Gives Marketers and Developers Advanced Tools to Target Campaigns and Segment Audiences Across Digital and Mobile Channels


Sitecore, a leading web content management and customer experience management software company, today announced availability of a new version of its Content Management System software (CMS).



Sitecore CMS 6.6 offers enhanced mobile support to build engaging mobile web interactions and applications, advanced targeting and segmentation of customers, and a premier development environment with native Model View Controller (MVC) support. These new features provide greater flexibility to quickly create personalised customer experiences.

“The latest version of our software provides the tools that developers and marketers require to consistently and continuously engage with customers through any interaction channel,” said Darren Guarnaccia, senior vice president, product marketing, Sitecore. “We have enabled our developer community to work with the latest development technologies while offering marketers enhanced ways to use customer behavior data to better segment and target marketing campaigns. The result for businesses is a consistent, engaging customer experience that helps create customers for life.”

Catering to the Small Screen Businesses need a way to understand how website and marketing campaign content and offers will appear on the multitude of devices in use including iPhone, Android and Windows smartphones. Sitecore’s device simulator shows marketers how content will appear on mobile devices and in different browsers. It provides an accurate view, via screenshots, on how the website will display using the browsers and devices selected.

In addition, Sitecore mobile software developer’s kit (SDK) facilitates the development of native mobile applications and supports Apple’s iOS platform. The embedded browser allows marketers to leverage their Sitecore powered content, while tapping the powerful user experience of native mobile applications.

Premier Development Approach Sitecore now offers native support for ASP.NET MVC to complement its existing support for web forms based architectures. By natively supporting both in its platform and allowing use interchangeably, customers have the flexibility to use the right approach for any task while achieving all the modern development benefits of using MVC design patterns.

ASP.NET MVC includes many features that enable fast development for creating sophisticated applications that use the latest web standards and Sitecore customers can start to incorporate these new capabilities without extensive site redevelopment or migration.

Advanced Targeting for Multichannel Campaigns Marketers are often challenged with targeting campaigns to segments of their audience for better engagement. With CMS 6.6 marketers can create a list of visitors that match certain criteria by defining one or more conditions to define a segment. Segments allow for dynamic evaluation rather than having a static list of visitors, and can be built from both demographic and behavioral data. Segments can also be built from both demographic information as well as behavioral data. Marketers do not need to be CRM experts to target campaigns to specific audiences and segments can be built on any of the web, email or CRM details that have taken place.

Source: cfoworld

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Active Web Group, Inc. Now Offers Free Responsive Web Design Analysis


Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), an award-winning online marketing company headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, today announced a Free Responsive Website Analysis, for business owners who may be considering a new website or redesign of their existing online business. Responsive web design (RWD) is a web development strategy in which a site is planned to provide an optimal user experience in terms of navigation and be accessible across a wide range of devices –from desktops to mobile phones. Interested business owners may expect a thorough site review and design suggestions for tailoring the new site to be flexible and highly efficient for visitors to use.



“Responsive web design is more than an industry buzzword,” states Pat Norton, Vice President and Director of Business Development, Active Web Group, Inc. “It is a sound business practice to give the customer what they want and the online tool that they will need to maintain their competitive edge,” he states. A responsive website is designed to ‘respond’ to the device that accesses it and delivers appropriate output. “According to Google, 67% of mobile users state that they are more likely to buy from a mobile-friendly site,” Norton adds. “And 74% say they will return to mobile-friendly sites to make repeat purchases. Therefore responding to consumers’ needs by creating mobile-friendly sites is an imperative,” he concludes.
Why Consider a Responsive Design Website?

Web designers everywhere listen to the latest search engine optimization mandates and adjust their practices accordingly to ensure high search engine rankings and ultimately a higher ROI. In fact, Google has recently stated that their ‘preferred format’ is now responsive web design.

A hallmark of flexible and responsive web design will provide scalable functionality into the future. If a mobile site is under consideration by a prospective client, for example, Active Web can customize the primary site so that a mobile site may easily be ‘spun off’ concurrently or in the near future. Business owners who may be ready to take that next step are advised to contact Active Web Group as soon as possible for their customized, no-cost responsive web design analysis.

A full-service agency, Active Web Group also has extensive experience in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), mobile websites, Digital Media, Programming (all proficiencies including php, asp and asp.net), Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, E-Commerce, Magento Ecommerce, WordPress Ecommerce, custom solutions and Pay-Per-Click Marketing.

Source: prweb

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NetAdvantage Ultimate 2012 Volume 2 released by Infragistics


Comprehensive Tool sets Empower Customers to Deploy Better Performing, Modern Applications Across Multiple Platforms



Infragistics, the design and user experience (UX) software company and a world leader in user interface (UI) development tools and business productivity apps, announced today the availability of NetAdvantage® Ultimate 2012 Volume 2. Packed with high-performance controls, Touch support enhancements and business intelligence capabilities, Infragistics delivers limitless solutions for every business application scenario.

Whether customers are engaged in mobile or web app development or standardizing on mature platforms, Infragistics UI bundles produce powerful end user experiences that affect a business's bottom line.

"Companies such as Infragistics extend the value of Microsoft solutions and platforms, helping organizations create meaningful experiences that solve problems, drive inspiration and maximize results," said Tom Lindeman, director of the Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program at Microsoft. "NetAdvantage provides development teams the tools they need to more easily capitalize on enterprise data sources, yielding consistent, high-quality user experiences in applications across modern platforms and devices."

This release marks the inclusion of beta toolset NUCLiOS, the first commercial class and enterprise-supported UI toolkit for iPad development and an Android Community Pack, named Iguana, for the Android developer community.

"This is an exciting time for the developer market and Infragistics," said Dean Guida, CEO of Infragistics. "For two decades customers have turned to Infragistics to build the best in state of the art UIs for Windows platforms and the web. For the first time in our history, we bring Apple iOS developers into the Infragistics ecosystem with our native NUCLiOS UI controls. Now, every developer can create exceptional applications that deliver modern functionality, substance and style, across any platform."

Highlights in this release of Infragistics NetAdvantage platform include:

Investment in mobile UI development with the introduction of NUCLiOS, the iOS UI beta toolset, and Iguana, the Android Community Pack.
Introduction of data visualization data chart and geospacial mapping controls in NetAdvantage for jQuery (renamed Ignite UI) to produce the best apps for any browser, platform or device.
Windows UI theming and Touch gesture support across Infragistics HTML5/jQuery, XAML, ASP.NET, and Windows Forms toolsets.
Native and cross-platform mobile feature enhancements to empower on-the-go decision makers anywhere, anytime on any device with highly performant, cutting-edge, native apps.
Visual Studio 2012 cross-platform compatibility that takes advantage of the latest features in Visual Studio 2012 to enrich the developer productivity experience.
Enhancements to the jQuery, XAML and ASP.NET grids and charts to ensure market leading performance and reliability.
"Infragistics leaves no one behind with this release of NetAdvantage," added Guida. "Our commitment to deliver great end user experiences propels the company to develop the most comprehensive UI toolsets available today -- for every device and platform."

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Visual Studio 2012 met Visual COBOL integreet by MicroFocus


Integration achieves quality platform for modernizing business-critical COBOL applications



 Micro Focus , a specialist in the field of modernization, testing and management of enterprise applications, today announced that Micro Focus Visual COBOL integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012. Developers can now use Visual COBOL within the development environment Visual Studio 2012. This allows existing COBOL applications are used, improved and deployed alongside other Microsoft platforms and programming languages ​​such as C #, Visual Basic and ASP.NET.



Organizations around the world depend on which enterprise COBOL applications run. These form the basis of many IT systems and business-critical processes. By integrating Visual COBOL and Visual Studio 2012, developers of both the current generation and those of tomorrow, use of leading development tools. Moreover, the productivity of the developer, in providing new and updated software, increased. Different development teams, which were previously spread across multiple technical disciplines, are now united and can therefore effectively together. Furthermore, organizations that make the transition to new platforms do not suffer from the lack of COBOL professionals.

"We are honored to partner with Micro Focus to work on the optimization of Visual Studio 2012," said Tom Lindeman, Director Visual Studio Industry Partner Program at Microsoft. "Visual Studio 2012 improves the development process and helps teams of any size needing to collaborate more efficiently. By adding Visual COBOL development teams have all the means to quickly provide quality and modern applications to build. "

Kevin Brearley, senior director of product management at Micro Focus: "Both Microsoft and Micro Focus walk at the forefront of technical innovation in the development and modernization market. We are constantly innovating and are proud that we are the new generation of COBOL development products can make to the current Visual Studio user. The integration is an important step that ensures that Visual COBOL not only now but in the future will continue to achieve business innovation. "

The main advantages of Micro Focus Visual COBOL are:

The ability to critical business applications ready for the future. The applications can be migrated to Windows platforms and retain as their value.
The productivity and performance of the developers improved. This causes the expanded resources and the software can be quickly developed and delivered.
The ability to modernize COBOL systems and access to mobile and web channels.
More information about Visual COBOL is available at www.microfocus.com/vs2012 .

Borland DevPartner Studio 11
In addition to the integration with Visual COBOL, Micro Focus has also Borland DevPartner 11 with Microsoft Visual Studio integrated. This integration improves application development, reduces costs and speeds delivery of applications. Application developers can now solve problems from within Visual Studio 2012, locate instability and potential defects detection.

Complete ASP.NET 4.5 Support Offered by OrcsWeb


OrcsWeb is one of the leading providers of Microsoft Windows-based cloud and dedicated server hosting solutions. To remain at the top, the company must remain up-to-date on all the latest technologies. Their quick adoption of the latest version of ASP.NET only cements their dedication.



OrcsWeb announced that ASP.NET 4.5 is now available across all platforms – cloud and dedicated. They worked closely with Microsoft throughout the beta stage to make sure their .NET 4.5 support was perfect. Users can expect new features, increased performance and control, and other benefits with the latest release of .NET.

“ASP.NET 4.5 is the most exciting release of the .NET framework yet. Microsoft has made significant performance improvements in both application startup and memory utilization that customers will recognize immediately,” according to Jeff Graves, Director of Technology. “Security improvements help web developers easily protect their application from malicious users with unobtrusive validation and the baked-in AntiXSS library. Asynchronous HTTP calls are much easier to manage with the new await command. The best part is that OrcsWeb clients can take full advantage of these features today, across all of our platforms.”

Here are the key improvements that users will find built into .NET 4.5:

ASP.NET 4.5 uses bundling (which combines separate JavaScript files for faster loading) and minification (which reduces the size of JavaScript and CSS files by removing unneeded characters).
ASP.NET 4.5 can read, write, and flush a stream asynchronously. This asynchronicity lets you send data to a client incrementally without tying up operating system threads.
The new async and await keywords make it easier to write asynchronous HTTP modules and asynchronous HTTP handlers.
ASP.NET 4.5 provides ways to read un-validated request data so that you can allow users to pass markup for selected fields or pages.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

As the Microsoft developer world turns: Guidance for the perplexed


Microsoft is in the midst of launching a host of new operating systems and tools this summer/fall. So what's a developer to choose to build apps and services for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012 and/or Windows Azure?



There are familiar, legacy .NET tools and frameworks available, like Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation. There are newer and less familiar (to many Microsoft developers) options including XAML and HTML5/JavaScript. And on the server side, there's ASP.Net for building server-based Web applications.

Microsoft tools vendor Telerik has delivered a new version of its Platform Guidance document that aims to help developers sort through the myriad choices, based on the type of application they are developing. The eight-page Platform Guidance PDF is a free download, available as of September 18.

The document doesn't advocate abandonning tried but true platforms like Silverlight, even though Microsoft seems to be trying to wean developers from that platform by downplaying it and declining to comment on its future, beyond committing to support Silverlight 5 through 2021. (Ditto with WinForms, which Telerik notes isn't the best choice for "greenfield" development, but which still has its place.)

Here's the Cliff Notes version of what the Telerik principals are recommending for development of each type of app:

Desktop Applications – WPF
Dashboard/Reporting Applications – ASP.NET MVC (Model View Controller) with HTML5
Data-Driven Websites – ASP.NET MVC and Web API
Interactive Web Applications (Forms over Data) – ASP.NET WebForms
Mobile Website – ASP.NET MVC HTML5
Tablet Applications – XAML and .NET

The Platform Guidance document includes a chart to help developers evaluate whether XAML or HTML is a better choice for building a Metro-Style -- now know officially as "Windows Store" -- application:



At only eight pages, the Guidance document isn't meant to be a be-all/end-all work. But it's a starting point, which offers some much-needed suggestions for those attempting to navigate the rapidly changing Microsoft development waters.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Web Matrix 2 is Reborn the Matrix


Microsoft's general web development tool, Web Matrix, has been released in version 2. It not only supports ASP.NET, but PHP and Node.js. It might not be open source, but it is free to download and use. What is in it for us? What is in it for Microsoft?

Web Matrix 2 is a strange web development tool to be coming from Microsoft. It allows you to work with a range of open source, and more importantly non-Microsoft, web technologies. This is something that many potential users would find both puzzling and worrying - but in this case the Trojan horse is all too plain to see if you just look at what it is suggested you do with the website you have created.

The idea seems to be that Web Matrix 2 will funnel users into the arms of Azure, Microsoft's cloud hosting service. However, this said, you can use Web Matrix for general web development and deploy on a LAMP server if that's what you want to do.

Web Matrix is a lightweight web development system that installs and sets things up correctly for you. If you download it then you can basically get started on your web site by selecting the appropriate template, waiting a few minutes while the site is generated, and then you can start coding. A development web server, IIS 7.5 Express, is set up for you and you can generally launch web pages as soon as you have created them.


The main supported technologies are ASP.NET, PHP, Node.js and of  course HTML5/JavaScript. The code editor supports highlighting and code completion and makes it easy for you to work.  Support for Node.js and mobile web sites are the two major new features. You can also use CoffeeScript if you want to. Mobile web sites are supported by the use of jQuery Mobile.
As well as the basic technologies, Web Matrix also supports websites based on many different frameworks - WordPress, Joomla, Ubraco, Kentico and more. Again the huge advantage is that the templates install a configured starter site complete with all dependencies. You simply select the sort of website you want to work with and it is ready to go in a few minutes. Amazingly you can opt to use either SQL Express or MySQL as the database for the sites.
You can see an overview video below:



The main new features in Web Matrix 2 include:
Extensibility model lets you write your own plug-ins or use community-built ones
Faster install of open source apps such as Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, DotNetNuke and Umbraco
New templates for PHP, Node.js and HTML5, and mobile support for all templates
Intellisense (code completion) for major languages, including Razor, C#, VB, PHP, Node.js, HTML5,
CSS3 and Jquery
Application-specific code completion for top apps like Umbraco, WordPress and Joomla!
Simple UI to install NuGet packages
Ability to preview your site using mobile emulators
Remote view to make quick edits to files on live sites

At the end of your development process Web Matrix will offer to publish your site to Azure, but it also offers other options so you are in no way trapped by it. Of course, it is better integrated with Azure but you would expect this from a Microsoft product.

Overall Web Matrix makes it worth trying to overcome any anti-Microsoft bias you might have. It is a free web development tool that works with open source technologies to create a general, standards-based website. It is free to use and works with non-Microsoft technologies in a very even handled way. It is certainly worth trying out.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Umbraco Web CMS 4.9 Focuses on the Editor Experience, Rich Media


The open source content management system Umbraco may have dropped version 5, but the refocus on version 4 has brought some nice improvements and a number of bug fixes.



The free, ASP.Net-based Umbraco is designed for building websites — from small campaign or brochure sites to large media-based sites — and complex Web applications.

Umbraco, which bills itself as a  “priceless CMS at the cost of virtually nothing,” was first released in version 2.0 in 2005, which was also when the first developers conference, called CodeGarden, was held. Unfortunately a turn in the wrong direction resulted in dropping the next major version of the Web CMS to go "back to the basics".

“The early days of Umbraco was the result of a wonderful collaboration between three guys in Copenhagen,” wrote one of those guys, Niels Hartvig, on the Umbraco blog. He added that, “almost eight years later — I’m smiling again” because of the new release.

Focus on the Editor Not the Developer
Umbraco 4.9 features a revised editor, easier integration of third-party videos and images, and a new media library. In addition, the new version includes more than 50 “big” bug fixes, incorporated from submissions by over 20 contributors.

The application now supports HTML5 uploads to the media section, and there’s a new folder content overview that can be filtered and from which common actions can be applied to media items.

The Media button in the Rich Text Editor now supports the oEmbed standard in its embedder, and the code editor for templates, scripting and XSLT templates has been upgraded. Creating and inspecting relation types can now be conducted from the backoffice.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Virtual Server with IIS 8 released by myhosting.com


Microsoft officially released the highly anticipated Windows Server 2012. The newly released server operating system offers a number of features that can be utilized to benefit developers, resellers and businesses. On the heels of this release, myhosting.com has announced the launch of its VPS Hosting product line of Windows Server 2012, deployed on its existing Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2-based platform.



“Our customers are always looking for the latest and greatest solutions for their Virtual Dedicated Server,” said Celal Ulgen, CMO at SoftCom Inc. “By offering Windows Server 2012-based solutions so soon after the release date, we hope to give our customers a head start against their competition, so they can take advantage of all the improvements available in the platform.”

Included in Windows Server 2012 are a number of key features that web hosting customers will find useful, including support for ASP.NET 4.5, the latest .NET Framework, IIS CPU throttling, Application Initialization which can improve time to first byte, Dynamic IP Restrictions to help prevent DoS attacks and FTP Logon attempt restriction to help prevent brute force attacks, as well as WebSocket Protocol for real-time client/server communications. Other key features include enhanced support for open standards, improved Remote Desktop and VDI, and powerful new self-service feature that extend more control to users when accessing from the Cloud.

“We have always had a great appreciation for the products that Microsoft Offers,” said Turker Sokullu, CEO, “As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, we feel it is our duty to keep in touch with new developments at Microsoft and to launch those products and services that will work well for our customers. And by participating in the Rapid Deployment Program for Windows Server 2012, we were able to get our Windows Server 2012-based solution ready and launch a competitive solution right out of the gate.”

“Microsoft is thrilled to be working with companies like SoftCom,” said Peter Doulas, Business Group Lead for the Server and Tools Division within Microsoft Canada. “There has been a lot of enthusiasm for the recent release of Windows Server 2012, largely in part to a myriad of new features that make for a richer user experience, smarter cloud computing capabilities, intuitive automation and more. In collaborating with companies like SoftCom, customers can tap into the resources and technology to help transform their business.”

Monday, September 3, 2012

Aspect-Oriented Programming with PostSharp


Aspect-oriented programming has the potential to help every developer write higher-quality code in less time. Here's how to declaratively apply custom methods implementing common functionality to your code.



In a recent discussion with the applications development manager of a major global company that uses the Microsoft .NET Framework as its development platform, I was asked how his department could increase productivity. We discussed several approaches, including increased code reuse. That discussion led me to take a deeper look at aspect-oriented programming (AOP). What I found is that AOP can increase code reuse within targeted functional areas, while also improving code maintainability and readability. AOP has the potential to help every developer write higher-quality code in less time.

What Is AOP?
At its core, AOP is the practice of encapsulating functionality common among multiple code elements yet independent of the business logic, and applying that common functionality to the target source code elements declaratively.

The common functionality is referred to as a crosscutting concern because it "cuts across" the entire application as a capability that's useful, independent of the business logic. Common examples include error handling, logging, tracing, instrumentation, transaction handling, security, caching, data binding, undo/redo and even multithreading. None of these 10 examples involves business logic, but they're all common and often necessary capabilities in any high-quality application.

Benefits of AOP
The code that implements one of these crosscutting concerns is known as an "aspect," and thus gives rise to the term "aspect-oriented programming." What benefit does it provide the developer if the functionality for these aspects can be removed from the primary source code and declaratively applied as needed to the application?

I'm truly excited by the benefits of AOP:

The business logic source code is much easier to read and understand, without the clutter of the code needed to support crosscutting concerns.
Less repetition in the code of the business logic means shorter developer times, fewer defects and a less-tedious coding experience.
Developers can better focus on implementing the proper business logic.
Less-experienced developers won't have to learn to weave these crosscutting concerns throughout their code, and experienced developers will appreciate more fluid coding by focusing primarily on business logic.
To be clear, the code for these crosscutting concerns is still present in the application; it has simply been moved into aspects. Writing these aspects generally requires a more experienced developer, so they tend to be high-quality code. These aspects are added to the application by the AOP framework at specific execution points known as "join points," such as at the time of object instantiation, method initiation, method exit, property access and so on. A set of join points is known as a pointcut.

History of AOP
AOP isn't something recently created to help .NET developers. Work on AOP started in the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1996, which is the same group credited with giving us laser printing; the Ethernet network protocol; the modern PC GUI using windows, icons and a mouse; object-oriented programming (OOP) via Smalltalk; and very-large-scale integration (VLSI) for semiconductors. PARC research into AOP resulted in the design of what is now AspectJ for the Java language.

Since 1996, AOP extensions have been developed for multiple languages, including C++, Ruby, PHP, SAP ABAP and even COBOL. Visual Studio 2012 and earlier versions do not directly support AOP. The aspect-like capability to declaratively apply custom code to methods can be found in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) declarative filters and ASP.NET MVC dynamic filters.

The Path to AOP
In order to fully implement AOP in a .NET application, you want the ability to move crosscutting concerns into separate aspects, apply them declaratively to one or more source code locations and -- without changing the application architecture -- enable the use of aspects. While the source code modified by the aspects may be aware of the aspects by leaving certain tasks to them, the source code should be ignorant of the internal implementation of the aspects.

One way to add aspects into an application is to wrap each class with a dynamic proxy (outer shell) to provide additional functionality around the class, but the benefits of this approach are limited. Most dependency-injection frameworks in .NET provide some support for proxy-based AOP, which can be useful for logging, instrumentation and caching. This approach is only able to inject behaviors into the communication between a service and its consumer -- not inside the service itself -- so it can have the disadvantage of altering the application architecture to support aspects.

Another way to add aspects to an application is through code generation, but this, too, is limited. This approach allows for more powerful code transformation, but requires recompilation of the application each time any of the aspects change.

A third way to add aspects is through metadata-driven programming, utilizing dynamic languages such as IronPython or IronRuby. This can allow additional functionality to be added at runtime via aspects, but the complexity of implementing your own AOP framework is prohibitive.

To see how to implement AOP in .NET using a full-featured AOP framework, I looked at PostSharp, which claims to be the most comprehensive aspect-oriented software available for .NET.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Active Web Group, Inc. Offers Free Press Release With SEO Agreement


Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), announced a Free Press Release with SEO, a $500 value, for firms that sign for SEO marketing. AWG has a long and substantial track record utilizing SEO initiatives to promote businesses of every size and across many diverse industries.

Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), the award winning online marketing company headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, today announced a Free Press Release with SEO, a $500 value, for firms that sign for Search Engine Optimization marketing. Search Engine Optimization is a customized strategy to enable websites to become more visible to search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. The long-term goal for SEO campaigns and initiatives is most often more leads and conversions. For ecommerce sites, the goal is generally greater revenue and an increased ROI. Well-optimized websites rank well on the major search engines which is a key factor in achieving online business’ success. By offering new clients a Free Press Release with SEO, Active Web believes they will be jump-starting the firm’s efforts to assist online businesses to achieve their goals.
Optimizing a website takes time ranging from several months to as long as a year. So when beginning an SEO strategy for a client’s website, supporting Internet marketing tools such as press releases can help ‘fill in the gaps’ until resilient and long lasting organic search initiatives take hold. This way, online firms can see positive results almost at once while the techniques that bring lasting results continue to develop.
“In support of a company’s SEO marketing a succinct and well-placed press release may also serve as a vehicle for higher search engine rankings and increased profits,” states Pat Norton, Vice President and Director of Business Development, Active Web Group, Inc. “These releases may be optimized as well so that our client’s company may reap SEO benefits indefinitely,” he adds. “By offering our customers a Free Press Release with SEO when they sign with Active Web Group, we can jumpstart their campaign while the long term benefits of organic search are just getting underway,” Norton concludes.
Active Web Group has a long and substantial track record utilizing Search Engine Optimization initiatives to promote businesses of every size and across many diverse industries. Their SEO strategies for their clients are designed to generate high search engine rankings, more relevant site traffic and increased conversions.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Microsoft Release New REST API Framework as Part of .NET 4.5


As part of the recent Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 launch, Microsoft formally unveiled its new web services framework called the ASP.NET Web API. Included as part of the ASP.NET MVC 4 offering, the open-source ASP.NET Web API is designed to simplify the development and consumption of RESTful services.

In a post called “Where does ASP.NET Web API Fit?”, Rick Strahl of West Wind Technologies explains the purpose and benefits of the ASP.NET Web API.

ASP.NET Web API differentiates itself from the previous Microsoft in-box HTTP service solutions in that it was built from the ground up around the HTTP protocol and its messaging semantics. Unlike WCF REST or ASP.NET AJAX with ASMX, it’s a brand new platform rather than bolted on technology that is supposed to work in the context of an existing framework. The strength of the new ASP.NET Web API is that it combines the best features of the platforms that came before it, to provide a comprehensive and very usable HTTP platform. Because it's based on ASP.NET and borrows a lot of concepts from ASP.NET MVC, Web API should be immediately familiar and comfortable to most ASP.NET developers.

Strahl points out the core capabilities that make the ASP.NET Web API a natural fit for both existing users of the the ASP.NET MVC framework, and developers who need to build HTTP endpoints.

Strong Support for URL Routing to produce clean URLs using familiar MVC style routing semantics
Content Negotiation based on Accept headers for request and response serialization
Support for a host of supported output formats including JSON, XML, ATOM
Strong default support for REST semantics but they are optional
Easily extensible Formatter support to add new input/output types
Deep support for more advanced HTTP features via HttpResponseMessage and HttpRequestMessage
classes and strongly typed Enums to describe many HTTP operations
Convention based design that drives you into doing the right thing for HTTP Services
Very extensible, based on MVC like extensibility model of Formatters and Filters
Self-hostable in non-Web applications
Testable using testing concepts similar to MVC
Microsoft already has an existing a web services framework called Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) which lets developers build contract-first services that leverage transport protocols such as TCP, HTTP and MSMQ. Originally built for SOAP-based services that want WS-* capabilities, WCF eventually added a handful of REST-friendly capabilities. While the ASP.NET Web APIs were initially aligned to the WCF framework, they were eventually shuffled over to the ASP.NET team as described in a Code Project article by Web developer Ido Flatow.

As time passed, the WCF Web APIs had a lot of trouble adapting WCF to the “native” HTTP world. As WCF was primarily designed for SOAP-based XML messages, and the “open-heart” surgery that was required to make the Web API work as part of WCF was a bit too much (or so I understand from people who were involved in creating the Web APIs). On the other hand, the ASP.NET MVC infrastructure with its elegant handling of HTTP requests and responses, and its support of easy-to-create controllers seemed like the proper way to go for creating this new type of services.

WCF remains alive and well in the latest .NET 4.5 release and Flatow identifies some of the decision criteria for choosing between WCF and the ASP.NET Web API.

If your intention is to create services that support special scenarios – one way messaging, message queues, duplex communication etc, then you’re better of picking WCF
If you want to create services that can use fast transport channels when available, such as TCP, Named Pipes, or maybe even UDP (in WCF 4.5), and you also want to support HTTP when all other transports are unavailable, then you’re better off with WCF and using both SOAP-based bindings and the WebHttp binding.
If you want to create resource-oriented services over HTTP that can use the full features of HTTP – define cache control for browsers, versioning and concurrency using ETags, pass various content types such as images, documents, HTML pages etc., use URI templates to include Task URIs in your responses, then the new Web APIs are the best choice for you.
If you want to create a multi-target service that can be used as both resource-oriented service over HTTP and as RPC-style SOAP service over TCP – talk to me first, so I’ll give you some pointers.
The ASP.NET Web API is included in Visual Studio 2012 and is also available as a download for Visual Studio 2010 users. Developers looking to get started with the framework will find many example projects available on the team’s Codeplex site.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Palette with Variables expanded by CSS


Potentially simplifying the work for Web designers, the working group behind the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Web standard is extending the language so that it supports the ability to define and call variables.



Tab Atkins, a Google developer who is on the working group has been taking suggestions this week as to what may be the best approach to represent variables in CSS.

As its name indicates, CSS is a stylesheet language, one that defines for a browser how a Web page, Web presentation or some other form of electronic content should be formatted. CSS offers a set of keywords to specify stylistic elements in a page layout, such as the font and spacing of text, and the color of the background. CSS can be embedded in the HTML page itself, either in the header or in the body. Or CSS code can be a separate file on the server, which is then referenced by the page.

To date, CSS has not yet offered a way for designers to define their own properties. Users have asked for this feature at least since the language's launch in 1998, according to CSS Working Group co-chair Daniel Glazman. Although the CSS Working Group uses the name "variables" to define this new feature, CSS variables would not have the full scope of the variable primitive found in most languages, Glazman explained. But it would allow designers to define the properties they use on a regular basis.

Nonetheless, such a naming capability would be handy, according to a draft document proposing the addition. It can cut down the amount of copying and pasting a designer must do to update a large Web site, for instance. If an organization has a standard set of colors and fonts to use across a Web site, CSS variables would allow these unique properties to be named by the designer. Then, when a stylistic change needs to be made, the designer simply reassigns the new values to the variables, eliminating the error-prone task of updating that information in each separate stylesheet and Web page.

The CSS working group is still trying to determine how the variables should best be represented in CSS. The designers favor declaring by using a reserved keyword, "var," in front of a new variable, so a new variable would be fined as var-NewVariable. But some users have expressed an interest in a specific key to define a variable, such as the "$" symbol, as in $NewVariable. Atkins cautioned against this approach as it limits the use of "$" for other variable activities, however.

While such matters may seem trivial, those who use a programming or markup language on a daily basis would benefit from the language being as consistent, and predictable, as possible. For instance, PHP has been roundly criticized for having an inconsistent syntax. Because PHP function names vary from one to the next in how they are formatted -- sometimes they have underscores and sometimes they don't -- programmers have more difficulty remembering or guessing the names of PHP functions, forcing them to consult documentation.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

An Insurance Agency Management System created by Impowersoft


Aspire, the flagship software from Impowersoft, is a premium insurance agency management system designed to help improve how insurance agencies operate. Impowersoft has taken its expertise in software and used input from insurance agents to craft its premier software offering. It is certified by Microsoft and built around their revolutionary Asp.net framework and SQL server. Aspire is also a 100% web-based insurance software, which enables access from anywhere an agent can get on the internet. Agents can even start processing claims in the field from their internet enabled mobile device.


Impowersoft has loaded Aspire with a revolutionary insurance CRM module. This allows for agent customization to increase efficiency and productivity and enhances the way they connect with their contacts, whether they are clients, business, other vendors, or other employees. The module also has a comprehensive market module with many communication methods including Email, text messaging, and social network integration.

Aspire has been built with unmatched speed and stability, guaranteeing insurance agents maximum performance with little glitches. Software upgrades are seamless as Impowersoft adds new and improved features. Since Impowersoft is continually fine tuning its insurance agency management system, upgrades are always something to expect, but will not result in any downtime for the busy agent.

Aspire’s web-based system also improves energy efficiency at the office. Impowersoft stores all data on its own servers in Pennsylvania and backs them up on a redundant system in Texas, ensuring the data is safe and secure. The insurance agency management system eliminates the need for offices to operate their own servers and associated cooling equipment, saving costs for the agency. In addition, agents do not have to take time to come to the office, further reducing costs for both the agent (through transportation) and agency (through office size reduction and utility costs).

Aspire insurance agency management system is how Impowersoft strives to improve how agents and agencies work. Through its speed and efficiency, Impowersoft hopes Aspire can improve the efficiency of insurance agents and agencies. The reputation of Microsoft accreditation coupled with the detailed input of insurance agents has resulted in the powerhouse that Impowersoft created.

Bonsai Media Group Takes Umbraco Website Development To A New Level


With the launch of their new website, Bonsai Media Group, a Seattle-based Internet marketing agency brings website design and development to a new level. The website features an interactive homepage that allows visitors to discover the three areas of expertise that Bonsai provides and drill down from there. Clouds float by gracefully across the sky and transitions without the use of flash animation, sticking to Bonsai’s philosophy of building websites that can be viewed on all platforms. To up the cool factor, there’s also a 3D version of the homepage (3D glasses not included).



Designed in line with Bonsai’s recently updated branding, the website features four fun characters, a ninja, sensei, grasshopper and samurai. For you Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans, the samurai is a Shredder-esque character that will bring back memories from the early 1990′s. The sensei, and the grasshopper is a fun half-human, half-grasshopper creation. Seattle comic book artist, Dimi Macheras, illustrated the cartoon characters that bring both the website and the brand to life. The website’s copy was spiced up with the help of copywriter, Keith Creighton, of Sudden Monkey.

The website was designed in-house and developed on the Umbraco content management system. Umbraco is an open source ASP.NET content management system which has an enormous following in Europe and is quickly gaining ground in the U.S. due to its many benefits including:

Leverages a flat XML file and not a database call for content so it’s really fast

Fully customizable fields like a rich text editor for “what you see is what you get” content writing

Active and engaging community that develops free and commercial packages

Going open source back in 2005, the Umbraco CMS platform is taking the business world by storm. Extremely popular in Europe, some of the largest sites on the web, including Microsoft, Wired, and Vogue, are built on the Umbraco platform.

Bonsai Media Group prides themselves on their ability to design, develop and market business class websites. They are one of only four Umbraco Certified Gold Partners in the United States and the only one based on the west coast.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The company's technology allows any Web page to go live in real-time


Obviously, the main advantage of new media companies that utilize the Web—like Groupon, Yelp, or even our own VatorNews—over old media companies that stick to paper and phones is the speed at which they can operate.  In the time it takes your local newspaper to report on an event that happened at 5 pm the previous day, your friendly neighborhood blog has already turned the situation inside-out with up-to-the-minute updates.



The power of “now” on the Web can’t be overestimated, which is why anything happening in real-time is an eye-catcher.  One real-time technology provider, aptly named Realtime, relaunched Tuesday with $100 million in funding from BRZTech, a São Paulo-based investment vehicle backed by a number of private investors in Europe and South America.

Founded in 1997 as Internet Business Technologies, the company has rebranded as Realtime and claims to have developed a technology that will pave the way to the new “live Web.”

To break it down, Realtime has created a platform that allows users—whether they’re businesses, advertisers, or developers—to add a single line of code to a Web page to push data to a single user or multiple users without requiring them to refresh the page.  The technology is powered by Realtime’s extensive Realtime multiplatform language (xRTML), which can be implemented for both Web and mobile apps, including NODE.JS, Javascript, ASP.net, PHP, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
But the lynchpin is its versatility.  Realtime Web is multi-browser, multi-device, multi-protocol and multiplatform, so businesses and developers can get it up and running simply by adding the code, rather than opening up a can of programming worms.

And its uses are equally versatile.  Realtime Web can be utilized to allow Web users to change website content as it comes out, vote and see other users votes in real-time, or simply get customer service help as they need it.  The technology can also fundamentally change display advertising by allowing ads to be replaced while they’re being displayed depending on exposure time and a user’s information.

Realtime’s own website shows you how it works, with a box of statistics that is being continually updated to show how many developers are using it (1,114), how many user connections it’s seeing (123 million every 24 hours), and even how many visitors are checking out the site right now.

“Many people have talked about the coming ‘real-time Web’ in very abstract terms, and Realtime is the first company building a tangible framework that will make that abstraction a reality. We did not create a product. We created an industry,” said CEO and founder André Parreira, in a statement. “We are committing the resources to make Realtime the fluid, next-generation, truly conversational standard for the Web across the world.”

With offices in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, London, Madrid, Lisbon, and now Santa Monica and New York, Realtime is securing partnerships in the U.S. and already has over 2,000 partnerships around the world.
Realtime was recently classified as a “Cool Vendor” by Gartner (as IBT).

“[Realtime] has the potential to set a new industry standard for real-time Web experiences that feel more like you’re in a giant chat room than the static, often frustrating quest for information we are often subjected to today,” Gartner reported.

Probox file-sharing tool to rival Dropbox launches by Proact


Storage integrator Proact has launched a new online file storage service, Probox, to compete in the fast growing cloud storage market against the likes of DropBox, SkyDrive, iCloud and Google Drive.



Probox will allow employees to share and sync all their work files with their colleagues, and to their mobile devices automatically.



Proact commercial director Mark Butcher told V3 that unlike other file-sharing services in the market, Probox had been designed with business users in mind.

Butcher said Proact aims to give Probox users the flexibility they want, while ensuring enterprise-grade security. "Many of our customers deny how many of their staff use Dropbox-type services. Staff use the services to store company critical information, but this leaves the IT department with no guarantee of security, knowledge of data location or control," he said. "All users want is simplicity, but with the storage services on offer at the moment, many IT departments can't give them this. Current enterprise storage services are clunky and need a secure VPN service, hence why Dropbox has been so successful in businesses. "The new cloud service provides each employee with 20GB of personal storage space, and can sync data across a range of platforms including Mac, PC, iOS and Android. When a user accesses Probox, all the data they transmit will be encrypted, said Butcher.

"All enterprises in the UK market will also be given the guarantee that all data will be stored in a tier three UK datacentre," added Butcher.

"There are storage enterprise cloud services out there but the security isn't up to scratch."

The release of Probox follows a series of hacking attacks on consumer storage provider Dropbox. Following the attacks, security engineers and analysts have warned UK businesses need to stop trusting free consumer services with their data.

Probox is priced at £6 per user, per month, for the 20GB of storage. Although Proact has just released the new service today in the UK and Europe, Probox has undergone beta testing for a number of months by

Proact partner, NetApp.
Probox will face competition from a number of cloud storage firms that are specifically targeted at the
enterprise and meet requirements when it comes to security, such as Ignite and Intronis and US firm Box.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Microsoft Office Store goes live


Microsoft has declared the Office Store open, meaning those running the Office 2013 preview can now integrate various web-based services into their productivity software.



A number of “cool apps” can now be tested out with the preview versions of Office, SharePoint or Exchange. Microsoft introduced the customer preview release of its Office 2013 productivity suite last month, and has been busy talking up its cloud-related features.

“We’ve built the store so you could integrate the very best of the web with the powerful features of Office and SharePoint,” said Microsoft’s Vivek Narasimhan in a company blog post. “We’ve also focused on making it really easy to get, install and use apps.

“All apps that are listed on the Store get extensively validated so users can trust them. Since these apps are all based on web-standards, they load straight away – there’s no need for IT to pre-load them. If you use a new machine, just sign-in with your Microsoft account and all your apps will be there.”

To Serve ASP.NET Based Enterprise Level Project IndiaNIC Increases the Workforce


ASP.NET is the best technology for building effective enterprise solutions, and IndiaNIC has been providing quality ASP.NET development services to corporates worldwide since several years. Recently, IndiaNIC made substantial additions to its workforce to meet the growing demand for ASP.NET.



As there has been a significant use of software in corporate companies, the demand of enterprise level IT solutions has increased. Large scale businesses face bigger competitive pressure that requires robust IT solution to manage the customer relationship, data of sales and marketing and other such content. ASP.NET has been one of the most preferred technologies to provide software solutions that ensure the flow and keeps the data easily accessible.

“Large enterprises require flawless process in maintaining accurate data and handling content management for what ASP.NET is preferred choice these days,” said Project Manager, ASP.NET Department at IndiaNIC. Looking at this trend, the company expanded their workforce to meet the demand. “IndiaNIC commits to provide best enterprise level solutions such as CRM, ERP and CMS and thus, recruiting more brains in ASP.NET technology makes the sense!” he added further.

The company is a trusted partner of Microsoft Inc. as a part of its Gold Certification program that helps developing enterprise level projects in MS technologies. “The developers and coders in ASP.NET technology have quicker and better access to the genuine tools as we are Microsoft Partner”, stated the Microsoft Technology Team Leader.

Giant corporate companies have started to understand the facility that enterprise level software can provide in managing their in-house staff and customers worldwide. Microsoft technologies are well known to provide scalable and user-friendly IT solutions that are easy to understand and operate.

Serving the industry since 15 years, IndiaNIC is an offshore company providing a wide range of IT solutions in web and mobile technologies. It serves robust software to various industry verticals and has expertise in developing web portals, Goods Management Tracking Systems (GMTS), Web Content Management System (CMS), Customer Relationship System (CRM), Order Management System (ORM), eCommerce Development or Shopping Cart and Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) etc.

“When it comes to IndiaNIC as a solution provider, the client is worry free about the project and there are various hiring models for affordable IT solutions for corporate companies. A transparent deal in the business and robust security measurements are two main reasons why corporate giants prefer IndiaNIC as their outsourcing hub”, said the CEO of the company finishing the conference.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Active Web Group, Inc. Offers Free Website Link Analysis

Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), a leading online marketing company headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, today announced a Free Website Link Analysis for interested online business owners.



Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), a leading online marketing company headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, today announced a Free Website Link Analysis for interested online business owners. Search Engine Optimization, a means by which websites become more visible to search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo, is achieved through a systematic process involving many techniques and procedures.

Well-optimized websites rank well on the major search engines which is a key factor in achieving online business’ success. Therefore it is highly recommended that web business owners consider this free website evaluation. It will enable them to pinpoint possible site weaknesses and consider appropriate remedial actions.

“Quality in-bound links or backlinks are an integral part of any internet marketing effort. Backlinks that are directed or point to a site tell search engines that the website and its content are relevant to a given search term,” states Pat Norton, Vice President and Director of Business Development, Active Web Group, Inc. “The value of an assessment such as the Free Website Link Analysis is that it may prevent businesses from making costly marketing allocation mistakes,” he notes. “What few realize is that links are the path that the search engine software follows when someone inputs a search term,” Norton adds. “Their relevance to a website’s visitor will assist them to rank higher on search engines which will contribute to increased website profits,” he continues. “Links are one instance where quantity and quality matter,” Norton concludes.

AWG will determine the quality of existing links and participants will learn more about the value of in-bound links to any successful search engine optimization (SEO) program. This initiative allows corporate decision-makers to view firsthand how they may achieve their online business goals through AWG’s customized internet marketing campaigns and initiatives. To sum up, AWG’s Free Link Analysis targets a site’s linking weaknesses and also presents an internet marketing strategy aimed at improving website rankings and overall ROI.

Active Web Group has a long and substantial track record utilizing Search Engine Optimization initiatives to promote businesses of every size and across many diverse industries. Their link-building strategies for their clients are designed to generate high search engine rankings, more relevant site traffic and increased conversions.

A Free Website Link Analysis from Active Web Group will provide information about the links coming into a site including which domains are sending the most links to the site and the authority of these linking domains. AWG’s link analysis also displays the anchor text that is being used to build backlinks to the site. Anchor text is an important part of building links. If the anchor text uses keyword terms a site wishes to rank for, this is more powerful than a link that includes a company name, website address or “click here” as anchor text.

A full-service agency, Active Web Group also has extensive experience in Web Design and redesign, Digital Media, Programming (all proficiencies including php, asp and asp.net), Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, E-Commerce, Magento Ecommerce, WordPress Ecommerce, custom solutions and Pay-Per-Click Marketing.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Improved Recognition Accuracy in Barcode Xpress v8

Accusoft releases faster barcode recognition speed and advanced performance for 1D and 2D barcodes in Barcode Xpress v8.


Accusoft, the leading provider of document, content and imaging solutions, announces the release of Barcode Xpress v8, barcode SDK, with improved QR code, DataMatrix and PDF417 recognition for easy integration of barcode functionality into applications.

Barcode Xpress v8 equips software developers with a fast, accurate and easy-to-use barcode SDK that simplifies adding barcode reading and writing into applications. It is designed for a wide range of industries, including medical, financial, technology, retail and transportation.

”We continue to invest a significant amount of science and development in our Barcode Xpress engine in order to ensure our customers have the best barcode capabilities,” said Tom Setzer, Director of Recognition Technologies at Accusoft. “These improvements ensure that customers can read correctly even in the most extreme cases of damage to barcodes. This reduces the need for human interaction within many of our customers’ software systems.”

Use Barcode Xpress to seamlessly integrate high-speed 1D and 2D barcode reading and writing into high-volume software applications with ease. Barcode Xpress can also be used to locate and decode multiple instances of barcodes anywhere on the page, return the content, and report recognition confidence values.

Popular uses of barcode include auto-indexing, forms processing, inventory tracking, and batch separation. Barcode Xpress handles all of these barcode uses with speed and ease.

Barcode Xpress SDK support is available for .NET 32-bit/64-bit, ActiveX 32-bit, ActiveX 64-bit, Java and Java ME. For more information or to download Barcode Xpress, visit http://www.accusoft.com/barcodexpress.htm.

Accusoft is a registered trademark and Barcode Xpress is a trademark of Accusoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

phpMyDirectory v. 1.4.1 Released


Accomplish Technology, LLC has announced the release of phpMyDirectory v. 1.4.1, the latest version of its lauded directory script application that allows for the easy creation and management of directory-style websites. This update adds a wide range of features while keeping phpMyDirectory one of the leading high-performance and cost-effective directory script applications on the market.



Highly customizable with hundreds of built-in settings, phpMyDirectory v. 1.4.1 now offers integration functionality for a massive array of third party login scripts and payment gateways. This allows users to build php directories through a single directory script program, saving them the cost and hassle of having to shop around for non-integrated application options.

New php directory features in v. 1.4.1 include a “Click to Call” function, business hours listings, mobile device detection, mobile template display, and SMS integration—all this and more alongside the increased seamlessness of the directory script’s website registration process.

Ben Johnson, Founder and CEO of Accomplish Technology, LLC, stated: “An ongoing core goal at Accomplish Technology, LLC is to not only improve the quality and performance of our phpMyDirectory program, but to also back up its established value with an unparalleled level of support from our team. We’re excited to launch v. 1.4.1 and let our active and growing community see how phpMyDirectory continues to evolve for their benefit.”

The phpMyDirectory license is listed at $99.95, and includes free access to directory script application updates for up to a year. However, to celebrate this new release, Accomplish Technology, LLC is offering a 25% discount off all licenses and add-ons for those clients who enter the code “Release141” when completing an order. Free lifetime support is bundled with all available licenses, and all orders fall under a 30-day money back guarantee.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Triniti PSo – PPPM solution for optimised project, operational management


Triniti Business Solutions’ award-winning PSo toolset offers a real solution to companies’ project, programme and portfolio management (PPPM) and operational management challenges.



PSo is enabled as a cloud computing software as service (SaaS). PSo Web-based system encompasses the improvements in security, access and technology and delivers the power of a browser-based system, giving you the power of the Web with the value of a desktop application: one point of installation and maintenance.
Recent implementations were deployed using Microsoft SharePoint 2010, ASP.Net and Windows 8 token development. PSo is designed into logical functional units to allow you the option to select modules that apply to your business requirements, encompassing various PPPM methodologies.

Utilising Microsoft platforms such as Microsoft SharePoint 2010, PSo is flexible, scalable and designed to mitigate risk while increasing a company’s productivity, performance, delivery and profitability while improving tasks, activities and team collaboration.

PSo overcomes changing PPPM environment woes

The proverbial proof is in the pudding – Pso has, since its inception in 2006, delivered myriad tangible customer benefits across South Africa.

For instance, PSo enabled an enterprise customer to overcome the various challenges associated with a constantly changing project and operational environment, while consolidating various silos within the organisation.

Facing issues such as disparate methodologies, support process and skills, Triniti’s PSo had to overcome these issues while retaining the customer’s intellectual property (IP) and staff contingent.

Meeting the challenge head-on, Triniti Business Solutions implemented PSo’s operational and management controls using an integrated model to minimise risk. Furthermore, quality management standards are integrated throughout the organisation to prevent repetition.

Business intelligence relating to real status was made readily available. Also, BI and EI (enterprise intelligence) were integrated to provide information on resources, benefits and costs for effective planning and decision-making.

The overall PSo implementation was recognised through industry awards, accolades and nominations.
PSo benefits

PSo customers have consistently listed the following important benefits derived from their partnership with Triniti Business Solutions:
* Visibility - available across project processes and performance measurement.
* Integration - across all project management standards; all documentation; all human, material and equipment resources management.
* Alignment – from the feasibility phase throughout project until project close-out.
* Communication - 24/7 through reporting on project and strategic operations.
* Control of all versions of communication, reporting and document changes.
* Effective decision management.
* Empowered team members which lead to increased productivity.
* Delivery and result focused.
* Exact view of full project at all times.

Friday, July 20, 2012

CimQuest INGEAR NET.ABLINK 4.0 Provides Easy-to-Use Communication for Factory Floor Devices


CimQuest INGEAR, a leading supplier of runtime-free software development solutions for industrial applications, introduces its newest version of factory floor device communications software, NET.ABLINK 4.0. Providing a direct communication channel to Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers, NET.ABLINK 4.0 delivers fast communications without the need for costly OPC servers.



INGEAR NET.ABLINK 4.0 allows users to develop their own Windows programs, system services, class libraries and ASP.NET solutions for automation and control applications without OPC constraints. Through the software, operators experience the following benefits:

    -Direct communication to Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers using Ethernet, DH+, DH-485 or Serial DF1
    -Managed code specifically written to address the demands of writing HMI or data acquisition and control applications for Microsoft’s .NET Framework
    -Runtime free deployments without additional license fees
    -No third-party components, drivers, API’s or tools

“Unlike OPC, which is a middleware application that presents complex programming and challenging application compatibility, NET.ABLINK 4.0 is an embedded class that features a direct communications pipeline to the controller, making it easy to talk to your PLC—fast and without the overhead and recurring costs of OPC servers,” said Chuck Karwoski, President of CimQuest INGEAR.

Like all solutions in the INGEAR.NET software family, NET.ABLINK 4.0 is a runtime free class library that simplifies building, developing and deploying connected systems for manufacturing applications using Visual Basic .NET or Visual Studio C#. It uses only three primary classes of .NET code, which are used to manage the PLC, manage the data that are read from or written to the PLC and manage groupings of methods, properties and events to optimize read/write operations on a collection.

Applications developed with NET.ABLINK 4.0 can run on 64- and 32-bit Windows and Windows Server, Windows Compact Framework, Windows Mobile and Linux with Mono Framework. To provide users with flexible purchase options, NET.ABLINK 4.0 is offered in multiple editions, including Single Machine Edition, Developer Edition, Team Edition and Compact Framework Edition. An optional USB license key is also available to easily float development capabilities to runtime computers for field testing and debugging.

Napa: new programming model for Office 15


As part of its recent announcement of the new version of Office, Microsoft has introduced a new programming model for developing add-ins that combines web technologies and cloud services. The new model is designed to work with future versions of the Office productivity suite and with the SharePoint portal technology. The "Office 365 Development Tools" – code-named "Napa" – currently have "public preview" status and include a model for developing hosted apps that can, Microsoft says, be operated via SharePoint, Windows Azure and custom web servers. Developers will be able to market their apps and add-ins through the new Microsoft Store, as well as through their own companies' app catalogues.



Napa is available as a free development environment for SharePoint and is also referred to as the "online companion to Visual Studio", Microsoft's IDE. As it integrates into a browser, no further desktop installations appear to be required and developers can work directly in the browser. Supported formats include HTML, client-side ASP.NET (ASPX), CSS and JavaScript. Switching to the forthcoming Visual Studio 2012 is only required for more ambitious scenarios. Microsoft says that existing Office and SharePoint extension models such as VBA, COM, VSTO and SharePoint Solutions will work in parallel with Napa, although these models are unlikely to be available to install via the online store.

To start experimenting with Napa, developers must register for the Office 365 Developer Preview. This allows them to access a dedicated developer site with an instance of Office 365 that can be used as a basis for writing, installing and testing apps; developers can then use Napa as described in detail in Microsoft's documentation. An introduction to Napa with screenshots is also available in a blog post by Jason Zander, Corporate VP for the Visual Studio Team in Microsoft's Developer Division. Developers can keep up-to-date with future developments by following the company's new "Apps for Office and SharePoint Blog".