The name on everyone's lips these days is Blackstone, the current code name
for the next release of ColdFusion, which is coming in early 2005. Look for
beta testing to start later in 2004, with info on Macromedia's site when that
Folks around the country have been getting a sneak peek at many of the
features from Ben Forta, who's been on a whirlwind user group tour that just
wrapped up. How he travels so much, I don't know, but thankfully for those of
us bound to the homefront, he's put a report online at
www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/coldfusion/articles/blackstone.html. Check it
out for details on some of the new features of Blackstone, along with some
general updates on the "State of the CF Union."
I couldn't let this month's editorial go by without sharing a few of these
exciting highlights. For me, the most interesting new features include
Denise Lahey is the chief executive officer of OracleMobile, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Oracle Corp. In her five-year tenure at Oracle, Ms. Lahey
created Oracle's mobile product strategy and then orchestrated the
development of new products to fulfill that strategy. Ms. Lahey also inked
strategic partnerships between Oracle and other wireless technology
innovators like Motorola, Palm Computing, and Symbian. As the first employee
in the division, Ms. Lahey built Oracle's Mobile Product group to over 125
people worldwide. Today she leads OracleMobile's growing team to deliver on ... (more)
Interview with Ted Ladd, formerly lead evangelist, Platform Group, Palm, Inc.
WBT: Can you tell us a little about the two recent Palm releases - the m100
and the Palm VIIx?
TL: Let me answer, if I may, from a platform perspective. (When I say Palm I
am including the Palm device business and the Palm licensees team - like
Sony, Nokia, Motorola.) Handheld devices right now are separating into two
different segments. The first segment is for your grandmother. These are
low-cost devices with basic functionality, tried-and-true technologies aimed
at people who need handheld computers b... (more)
There have been a lot of hot wireless topics in current events as of late, a
trend indicative of the continuing acceptance of wireless in the mainstream
consumer market. In this month's editorial, I'd like to weigh in on a few of
the biggest issues.
When most people think of wireless security, the image of rogue criminals
driving around the city in vans, trying to steal your cell phone number,
tends to come to mind. What's more important to remember, the current way
wireless data is being stolen is directly from the mainframe. The security of
your personal data... (more)
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)