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DataDirect Technologies has announced the general availability of DataDirect SequeLink, Release 5.5, an enterprise product that enables multi-database and multi-platform data connectivity. The latest release of SequeLink continues DataDirect Technologies' market leadership in data access and management for DB2 on the z/OS platform. With advanced security and performance features, DataDirect SequeLink is a complete end-to-end middleware solution that provides data access for ODBC, JDBC and .NET applications. The release also delivers a higher standard of data access for previously unavailable configurations of databases and data access APIs with new JDBC technology on the SequeLink Server. "DataDirect SequeLink Release 5.5 delivers enterprise-strength data connectivity to JDBC, ODBC and .NET applications through its flexible architecture and advanced security and perfo... (more)

Franson Offers GPS Dev Apps

Stockholm-based Franson Technology has released Franson GpsTools v2.20, which the company calls "an easy-to-use, cost-efficient way to develop GPS, mapping, and basic GIS applications in Visual Studio."  "With a rich set of samples and documentation, it's easy for developers who are new to GPS programming to become productive immediately in Windows, Pocket PC, WindowsCE, ActiveX, and .NET," the company says. Version 2.20 of Franson GpsTools includes vector map support. You can draw polygons and polylines. You can also load, display, save, and manage ESRI Shapefiles. Franson GpsTo... (more)

.NETDJ Editor Jon Box Responds To Calvin Austin in His Blog

Jon Box, the mobility editor of .NET Developer's Journal recently responded to Calvin Austin's JDJ article entitled "C#: Is the Party Over?" in his blog. In his blog entry today at JonBox.DotNetDevelopersJournal.com Jon wrote: Calvin Austin is a "section editor" for JDJ, the sister publication to DNDJ. Today, he also is an engineer at SpikeSource, and in a past lifetime worked at Sun. Recently, Calvin wrote an editorial titled "C#: Is the Party Over?". After reading this, I am shocked!  It is full of inaccurate statements about .NET and C#.  It is also indicative of someone who is ... (more)

i-Technology Photo Exclusive: Bill Gates & Steve Jobs In "Nerds"

Fresh from the Tuesday night preview in New York, SYS-CON Media's special roving correspondent writes: First came 'Pirates of Silicon Valley,' the 1999 movie directed by Martyn Burke; and now the world's two most famous uber-geeks, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, are going to feature as characters in a new 'musical software satire' due to open in September at the Beckett Theatre on W. 42nd St. in New York - featuring song titles such as "Stroll Through the PARC" and "I've Gotta Lotta Money." Its title is Nerds://A Musical Software Satire.  Nerds is described by the New York Musical Th... (more)

Report Concludes: ".NET's Design Benefited From Past Experience With Java"

Although .NET and Java share similar goals and their designs are similar in most respects, there appear to be significant differences in the likelihood of security vulnerabilities in the two platforms, according to a report Nathanael Paul and David Evans of the University of Virginia's Department of Computer Science, who say .NET's design "avoids vulnerabilities and limitations discovered in Java and discusses lessons learned (and missed) from experience with Java security." Both platforms share many design and implementation properties, says the report, "but there are key differ... (more)