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Salesforce.com hints at Adobe Flex support

Salesforce.com announced its Spring 07 release yesterday, including what it calls an Business version of MySpace: a portal where organizations can share of their data or applications with their customers and collaborate with them. During a briefing, I talked to Adam Gross, vice president of developer marketing. Salesforce.com has a SOAP web services API, and

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Delphi 2007 is done

CodeGear says it has completed Delphi 2007, its RAD development tool for Windows. What’s notable about Delphi 2007? First, it’s Win32 only. Borland CodeGear hasn’t yet won over many .NET developers, so it took the decision to concentrate on native code in this release, although CodeGear is not abandoning .NET completely.

Second, it builds apps

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Why software projects fail

Martin Fowler and Dan North from ThoughtWorks gave a keynote at QCon entitled The yawning crevasse of doom; this refers to the tendency of those who develop software not to communicate with the beneficiaries of the software – users, business people etc. This was a recurrent theme at QCon; addressing this problem strikes me as a primary characteristic

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Microsoft attempts to buy search share

Microsoft is giving enterprises incentives to use Live Search instead of Google or Yahoo, according to a ComputerWorld report; John Battelle has more details.

Buying search share is nothing new; the Mozilla Foundation apparently gets a ton of money from Google for making it the default in FireFox. This is just another skirmish in

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Farewell to the Times Reader

Fired up the New York Times Reader today, to be greeted by a message:

This note is to let you know that the beta period will be ending in two weeks. Times Reader will launch as a subscription service on March 27. It will cost $14.95 a month or $165 a year.

Times Reader, you

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Scrum: good but not that good

Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of the Scrum development methodology, gave a talk at QCon on Agile Project Management: Lessons learned at Google. The session was packed; I’m realising that this is as much an Agile crowd as it is a Java crowd.

This was a fascinating session though not in the way that I’d expected.

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Getting to grips with LINQ 2.0

Microsoft’s Eric Meijer spoke at QCon about “LINQ 2.0” in his keynote. So what on earth is LINQ 2.0? The name is probably inappropriate; he explained to me later that it is just a convenient tag for “what comes after LINQ 1.0”. Meijer started by talking about integrating relational concepts into languages; he didn’t say

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Constantine on Usability: should the Office Ribbon be customizable?

Here at QCon, Larry Constantine gave a keynote on usability. His big idea is that developers should not rely on user opinion, feedback and testing to determine the user interface and feature set of applications. You end up with too many features, and replication of past errors. He made some good points, but I was not

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Quick thoughts from QCon

I’m at QCon in London – a conference aimed at the “technical team lead, architect, and project manager”, according to the little printed guide, and notable for having tracks on .NET as well as Java, though in reality this is more of a Java crowd.

Good session from Martin Fowler and others from ThoughtWorks on

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Blogging is on the brink of a new phase

Washington-based Pew Research Centre has published a 160,000 word report on “the health and status of American journalism.” Although it is US-based much of it is relevant worldwide, particularly in the online realm; in fact, among the publications covered are bbc.co.uk and The Economist.  

Much food for thought here. The online business model remains uncertain; the

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