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The annual Macromedia conference has undergone both a name and location change this year. One key thing remains the same, though and that's the overall level and excitement of Macromedia's development community. By many reports, attendance here at MAX 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is up from last year's show and if traffic to the SYS-CON Media/MX Developer's Journal booth here at the show is an indication, that is certainly true. That's a fantastic sign in an economic year that has those even simply breaking jumping for joy. It's been a product-filled year for Macromedia, with the release of  Studio MX 2004, along with CFMX 6.1. Also, our new MX Developer's Journal has been launched here at the conference in print. Macromedia's push here at the conference is once again the rich digital user experience which combines together the fields of design and development (and ... (more)

WBT Interviews…XcelleNet's CEO, Joan Herbig

WBT's editor-in-chief Robert Diamond recently asked Joan Herbig about her role in a company that has seen explosive growth in the past year thanks to Afaria, the popular solution for enterprises faced with managing a large number of mobile devices from a central location. WBT: When was XcelleNet founded, and how did you get involved? JH: I've held this position since February 2000 when Francisco Partners, a San Francisco-based equity fund, purchased the company from Sterling Commerce, a B2B e-commerce company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. XcelleNet was originally founded in 198... (more)

Wireless Dreams

Beep, beep, beep goes my alarm clock on an average weekday morning. I roll out of bed and pick it up, but I don't just absentmindedly search for the snooze button as I usually do - instead I pick it up and, flipping open the lid, point it at my TV. Through its infrared transmitter I turn it on, and watch a few minutes of the morning news. Realizing it's time to get moving if I'm not going to be late to work, I use it again to turn the TV off, and take it with me to the bathroom, where I turn on the speaker radio, leave it on the counter, and hop into the shower. It gives me my mo... (more)

Interview... with Kevin Newling

CFDJ: Tell us about AbleCommerce and Able Solutions. What are you all about? Newling: AbleCommerce was founded in 1994. We came across ColdFusion toward the end of that year. We'd originally developed an e-commerce application in C. When we saw how much opportunity there was to use the features of ColdFusion to do e-business, we developed our first version of AbleCommerce in ColdFusion. And that's when we started promoting it publicly. CFDJ: How has AbleCommerce grown in terms of size and revenue since 1994? Newling: At its inception, AbleCommerce was an entrepreneurial vision. We c... (more)

Beyond Words and Wires…Recovery Begins

In the aftermath of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the entire nation came together to mourn the loss of those who died and suffered, and to plan a way to recover as a society as best we could. No words that I could write here would be adequate to convey how awful the atrocities were to witness or even to watch unfold on TV. Nor can mere words ever do justice to the extraordinary scenes of overwhelming human bravery and the endurance of the human spirit. Along with amazing individuals like New York City area volunteers who, as you read this, will undoubtedly still be s... (more)