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To the uninitiated, those unversed in the art of computing, 'building to scale' sounds like something architects do when they take one of those models to a board meeting for approval. It sounds a million miles away from what we understand in computing. Just for the record what do we mean when we talk about "building to scale"? We mean that the computer system (the software and hardware) performs predictably under a documented range of conditions. Oddly enough it isn't any different for the architect with the model or an engineer creating some new valve for a process control plant. Good practice and common sense are in short supply and not often used. Building something simple and making it scalable requires an understanding of the dimensions of the problem. So a search algorithm that's bounded may be best implemented by a simple bitmap, whereas one that's not bound... (more)

Java Rules in J2EE

Over the last two decades rules have become an increasingly important part of the information technology landscape. In fact, deductive rules have been applied to databases since the inception of SQL and form the basis of policy management and decision making at most corporations. However, the rules are changing. A newer reactive rules solution based on events, conditions, and action (ECA) has come to the foreground. In addition, the rise of the Java runtime and development environment from a niche solution to prime time is also changing the rules of the information technology la... (more)

A Day in the Life of Ivan Eyepack…

What better way to highlight the issues that need to be addressed by wireless information providers (i.e., Reuters, Instinet), wireless software tools vendors (e.g., SpiritSoft), and wireless terminal providers (e.g., Compaq) than by looking at a day in the life of a typical businessperson in the emerging wireless world? When Mr.or Ms. Wireless gets up in the morning, what might he or she need from a support environment? Necessities will include a desk-based computer, access to a server, a notebook, and a PDA (an iPAQ, of course). Ivan Eyepack wakes up and turns off the alarm on... (more)