Monday, September 1, 2008

News for developers

* Microsoft Corporation announced the release of the final version of SQL Server 2008. Among the innovations is worth noting separately editor web-server-oriented use of hosting providers. In total seven teams. Other innovations include a new means of data analysis, the new manager of applications, completely revised system of resource management, as well as the new manager of databases.

* Mozilla and Nokia created the first working assembly 3 Firefox browser-based, cross-platform graphics library Qt. In the long run, this assembly will be included in the main tree assemblies Firefox, and will develop as a promising mobile version of your browser.

* Sybase Corporation introduced new versions of its products. Sybase PowerBuilder 11.5 offers enhanced support for the platform. NET, more effective interaction with databases SQL Server 2008 and Oracle 11g. Supplement Application Server Plug-in will simplify the deployment of application servers from third-party manufacturers directly from the environment PowerBuilder. SQL Anywhere 11 - built a new version of database, it offers more than 200 new features and improved. Users will receive enhanced compression and caching indexes simple operators, increasing productivity processing of requests support. NET 3.5, integration with Visual Studio 2008, as well as support for programming languages PHP, Perl and Python.

* Company InstallAware Software has released InstallAware 8 - a new version of an instrument creating installation packages. InstallAware 8 supports Windows Installer 4.5, Microsoft. NET Framework 3.5, Microsoft SQL Server Express 2005 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008, has tight integration with Visual Studio. In the new version supports two regimes download updates via the Internet: automatic and manual.

* Bitmap software released Brilliant Code 1.0 for Borland Delphi 7 - expert, empowers editor Borland Delphi 7. Extensions to deal with an improved mechanism lights syntax.

* The company issued a Xenocode Postbuild 2008 for. NET - a new version for obfuskatora. NET-applications. Xenocode Postbuild allows end users to deliver application in a single secure executable file, does not require additional installation. NET Framework 'Yes. Among the methods used application - renaming characters, entanglement control logic, protection against disassemble and use "watermark". Supported NET 3.0/3.5, WPF and LINQ.

* The company has updated CodeGear 3rd Rail, its environment to create applications using the framework Ruby On Rails, to version 1.2. The new version adds automatic check syntax Ruby, there were two new wizard to create a template model-presentation; autocompletion added support for teams and auto cvs, git, svn, mysqladmin, and isql; updated third-party components of solutions to the latest stable version, adds support for the work under Ubuntu 8.04. More about.

* Company Fusion Plugins released Reactor 2.0, a new version of a tool, greatly simplifies, according to its creators, application development based DBMS FileMaker Pro. The developers can create interfaces without resorting to writing code in HTML and JavaScript. Reactor 2.0 will allow developers to use graphics Gantta to visualize different sets of data, as well as equip own applications means calendar planning. Now also support fields LiveField, content that is updated in the process of user input.

* The company announced a Qualnetics that Qbench, a tool for benchmarking devices under the administration of Windows CE, now has in its arsenal full support of Windows Mobile 6.1. Among the parameters which is a measure Qbench Pro 3.1, mobile device performance processor, the memory (by testing memory is random characters), file and graphics systems, cost in terms of energy consumption device, as well as speed input-output, which is also very important Mobile devaysov. Among the tests supported by this software, - Linpack, Whetstones, Dhrystone 1.1 and Dhrystone 2.1.

* Check out the new version 1.65 libraries VMProtect, designed to protect Win32-applications from hacking. As a means of protecting vulnerable sections of code used to be performed in the virtual machine. Select pieces you want to protect, can be included in using the tool library disassemble.

* Microsoft Corporation announced the release of a free tool for developers of applications under the platform Windows Mobile. -- Windows Mobile API Usage Tool. The utility, according to its developers, programmers will help maintain a more accurate accounting of resources, which are used for a Windows Mobile, as well as to avoid problems of compatibility with various versions of the operating system and other applications. This is achieved through the study of files for applications used functions API. Windows Mobile API Usage Tool running desktop versions of Windows (currently supported by XP and Vista) and integrated development environment with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. The analysis shown in the format. SDF, supported database management system SQL Server Compact Edition.

* New version 0.2.7 JNode numbered. This free operating system, open-source known fact that only written in Java (excluding mini-compact nucleus in Assembler). In the new version of OS added realization within the OpenJDK graphic libraries Swing and AWT, graphical interface JNode GUI, including file systems, a Samba, as well as eliminated many mistakes and shortcomings.

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IT-sector: farewell to summer

So, the "battle for Yahoo" otgremela, and now the world's IT-business, we can say, eat the last quiet days before the busy time of year - autumn. Chief Information has become a cause of August Olympics, which once again riveted the attention of the world to China. Here we are with Celestial and start the current review.

According to authoritative forecasts research agency Global Insight, are already in 2009 China will become the world's largest producer of manufactured goods Who Was Well Ahead of the U.S.. And a large portion of total production will be electronics, mostly computer, and mobile devices. By the way, just a month ago, China by the number of Internet users outstripped America, confidently taking first place in the world.

By volume production States beat China in four years earlier than the expected duration. U.S. next year for the first time in 100 years give way leading positions primarily "due to" current financial crisis, which, among other things, notably the American shore and IT-industry. Illustrative fact: back in 1990 - years of China's share in world production of industrial goods does not exceed 3%.

The rapid growth of Chinese economy stimulated, including, and consumption of IT-services. Local analysts believe that by 2012 more than 12 million residents of China will become subscribers of 3G-respect. It is a variety of Chinese CDMA - technology TD-SCDMA. (National CDMA version has been developed to avoid the payment of patent royalties.) 3G network based on TD-SCDMA planned to deploy for the Olympic Games, but managed to do so only partially.

Some Chinese government plans for the development of 3G networks seem overly ambitious. Indeed, it is quite difficult for four years to increase the number of 3G subscribers from zero to 12 million. But do not forget: it is about China - a country where cellular communications services enjoyed by more than half a person. Local telecommunications companies expect that the mass production of TD-SCDMA-phones would decrease their value, as well as enhance the competitiveness of vehicles on the 3G-market.

According to the head of Apple Steve Jobs, a month that has passed since the launch of an online store App Store, the company has sold applications for the iPhone 3G smartphone and iPod Touch player at $ 30 million every day Apple software sold in App Store, on average, per million dollars -- and this despite the fact that the majority of applications distributed via an online store for free. In total, over the months, users downloaded from App Store more than 60 million copies of programs.

For the current business model Apple, the company leaves itself less than a third of revenue from software sold through App Store. Accordingly, 70% of the proceeds from sales of applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch get developers.

The company Transmeta entered into an agreement with NVIDIA. By its terms NVIDIA receives a license (though not exclusively) on the use of technologies that were developed in Transmeta. This technology in energy conservation and Long Run LongRun2, as well as other intellectual property - now it can be used in products NVIDIA.

The extent of agreement are such that it covers all patents and applications for patents owned by Transmeta. The right to use Transmeta technology company NVIDIA paid in advance, without the possibility of withdrawing funds. The amount of the transaction was $ 25 million

This is a good indicator for the company, which left from the microprocessor race "and most recently stood on the brink of bankruptcy. Yet even less than a year ago, Intel Corporation has entered into a similar contract with Transmeta, paid Transmeta $ 150 million lump and pledged to pay $ 20 million annually over the next five years. For the money Intel received an indefinite right to use all the development, patented Transmeta, including those applications for which will be filed in the next ten years.

Kingston company may invest in shares of Solid State System (3S). This Taiwanese developer controllers for NAND-memory, by the way, has already received investment from corporations Toshiba. 3S - a young company that appeared on the Taiwan Stock Exchange until late in the year 2007. In the first half of this year 3S losses incurred, but now analysts predict its profit growth, which led to a massive launch should serve as a NAND-memory produced by 43 - nm technology.

If the transaction with 3S indeed take place, the Kingston will have already share in the three Taiwanese manufacturers controllers for NAND-memory (the other two - it Skymedi and Phison Electronics). In passing stronger business partnership between Kingston and Toshiba.

During the first half of this year, spending on Internet advertising in Russia soared by 73% - up to $ 260 million For comparison: on the basis of last year, the entire Russian market of Internet advertising reached $ 369 million These are the findings of the study, which conducted an advertising agency MindShare Interaction ( MI). According to published reports, a dozen of the largest advertisers in the first half Runeta spent on Internet advertising, a total of $ 20 million as a year ago, the biggest budgets on Internet advertising emit car: to move on the Net, they spend up to 20% of funds allocated Advertising. MindShare Interaction Experts believe that in 2008, on the internet-media advertisers spent more than $ 600 million

With regard to specific companies, then by the end of 2007 the ten largest advertisers in the first place Runeta proved company Ford Motor. Its spending on online advertising amounted to $ 5.5 million. The second place - General Motors, with a budget of $ 4.5 million The list also included Honda, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Nissan.

And finally - a rather unusual story. Artemy Lebedev opened a small shop Optimus Store in New York, inside centre RCS Computer Experience. The main commodity it has become, as not difficult to guess the original keyboard Optimus Maximus. Its price at Optimus Store - $ 1877. In addition to the keyboard, you can buy in the store is a lot of different electronic devices, whose main advantage - not technology and design.

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Competing with India and the prospects of the Belarusian offshore programming.

The number of companies, earning money outsourcing, in our country right now is rather big, and it all continues to grow. But whether many of those working in the field of outsourcing, thinking that the boom will inevitably be for depression?

Rainbow plans

The successes of outsourcing companies operating abroad, quite naturally, and quite a long time already generate interest among all stakeholders in Belarus - from businessmen, employees (ie programmers), in power. Thus, there is "Infopark" and high-tech Park (TIP), and incidentally - zashkalivayuschie competitions at the Universities of specialty programming and a very high salary for Belarus to the programmers. At the same time, and there are plans for the future. It is, the successes have to ensure that plans were brighter.

At the time of PVT sounded figure in world market offshore programming around $ 70 billion a year. Of these $ 10 billion went to India. Indeed, the very PVT organized precisely in order to "to snatch a piece of this cake to regale with" (this metaphor, incidentally, used and officials themselves) through the creation of special tax benefits. Indeed, conditions have proved attractive to the Belarusian outsourcing, and many of them entered the PVT. With the help of the resident PVT scheduled to gradually increase its finances coming from abroad. For the year 2007 PVT in the person of its residents made substantial gains, increasing from 2.7 times in services. And these figures must, in the opinion of many, to continue to grow. Before any limits? This is where the whole issue.

Natural several constraints. Of the economy, we know that this is, basically, resources and competitors, pulling a patchwork of demand. Resources - a limited number of Belarusian specialists and a limited amount of money that are willing to pay them Western customers. And competitors - is, in this case, all other countries that deal with outsourcing. Now it is, basically, countries which are known as developing (China, India, Brazil ...). Naturally, many of the constraints Belarusian outsourcing business in cooperation with the authorities in a position to influence - for example, through various courses and training can increase the staff of programmers, and by reducing taxes (as in the PVT) can reduce the cost of programming and make the Belarusian company attractive for Western customers.

But competitors ... Alas and ah, not competitors dremlyut. And they are ahead of us - if not all, many. The most important of them, India, now, at least, has the advantage over our country in the offshore programming market. In less serious compared with India, but still formidable competitors (for example, the same Brazil or China) also have a much better reputation for American employers than Belarus.

Belarusians and Indians

Although India is indeed the most programmed country in the world, it is nevertheless a stick on two ends. The quality of software that are developing Indians, is that there has long been on programming slang term "Indian code" - it indicates the software code, written with a rather confused and the number of errors. Much of the current Indian programmers, unlike their Belarusian counterparts, has no higher education. This, you can see, too, does not improve the quality of their programmes developed.

What have the Indians, if not quality? The answer is obvious. Their work cost the Western customers so cheap that it makes sense to set and quality. Due to poor living conditions in India salaries of programmers in this country substantially lower than those of similar professionals in the West, making Indian labour attractive place embedding of American money.

Money coming to India as a result of outsourcing companies that make up a large share of flows to the budget of this country. However, apart from the positive aspects, this fact is negative and very important: in fact, millions of people dependent on rapidly changing software market. Of course, all people are dependent on any market, but here is the problem that the percentage of the population of India, which depends on outsourcing money. What if tomorrow the Americans decide that they need a better code than that which gives India?

Unfortunately, the Belarusian outsourcing companies seem to believe that the best way to achieve Indian success - this Indian same methods. "Computer lead" in the person of Alexander Oakli already wrote that shortly PVT should open a training and consulting center, where Indian specialists will devote Belarusians in the wisdom of IT business. In addition, the Belarusian specialists, in agreement with the Embassy of India, will be sent to the country as interns. Now, perhaps this is already organized and established - not the essence. A what?

That suited India, does not necessarily come to us. Many Indians - we are little. They work for less money than we are. They already have a worldwide reputation in the global outsourcing market, our country it has not. Let us hope that the Belarusian company guess not simply copy the Indian techniques and come to them critically and creatively.

But the problem is not only the secrets of successful Indian outsourcing business, whatever they were not. Case in outsourcing by itself. In the long run, this is not the best business model for Belarusian IT companies.

What is fraught with outsourcing?

Disputes not, outsourcing is now very good for Belarus. This new jobs, and the influx of foreign finance in our economy, and improve the welfare state through taxes ... It seems like, positive mass. However, each miners, found a gold housing, must think that he will do when it issyaknet: search for new housing or a new job?

Disadvantages offshore programming little evident in the short term. The most important long-term effect of outsourcing is that the country, only to earn money through it - a country subsidiary of staff for the global IT industry. Anyone who creates technology, gets control of the market, as someone who uses it, forced to follow throughout the developer of technology. Yes supplier of technology and income is much higher incomes suppliers applications solutions at its base. Outsourcing distracted by the best shots, and thus hinders the development of their own technologies. In doing so, the most qualified, usually go abroad in search of more creative or simply better paid jobs.

I hope we all want for our country something more in the future - not, incidentally, and distant as it might seem - than prozyabanie on the margins of the market as an IT-shnyh unskilled. The alternative is only one: the development of their own technologies or even their own software products. I think it's time to start the Belarusian companies to invest not only in the near future, but in slightly more distant future.

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