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Saucon Technologies Changes Web Application Development Landscape With a New Open-Source Project Called Japple. - 16 Nov 2016 21:44


[[html]]&#13;<br><br>Business &amp; Technology Editors <br><br>LinuxWorld New York 2002 <br><br>NEW YORK(BUSINESS WIRE)Jan. 28, 2002 <br><br>Saucon Technologies (, an e-business solutions provider based in Bridgewater, NJ, announced today that it is making one of its key innovations available to the open-source community. <br><br>Japple enables application developers to create and deploy web applications faster, easier, and more efficiently than traditional methods. <br><br>Faster. Japple solves many of the common problems facing web application development today by codifying industry best practices in an easy to use framework. The framework itself provides a majority of the application. This allows the developer to focus on the business problem at hand, leading to faster implementation. <br><br>Easier. Web application development is a complex interaction of industry standards, protocols, programming languages, markup languages, query languages and content creation tools. Japple helps manage this complexity by providing an abstraction layer for organizing development artifacts called Japple Managed Objects (JMOs). JMOs enable loose coupling throughout applications, making it easier to adapt to changing requirements. <br><br>More Efficient. The Japple architecture establishes a clean separation of concerns for interface designers, application developers, and programmers. Japple Templates are a unique way to code Java Server Pages without having to inline HTML markup. Java programmers create Japple Services that application developers can reuse across applications. Teamwork is more efficient with Japple. <br><br>William French, Saucon Technologies CEO, stated, "Saucon Technologies is proud to announce that it is making Japple open-source. Not only is it the right thing for us to do as responsible citizens of the community, it also places Japple under the scrutiny and use of the best of the best. I believe that those who explore Japple will agree that we have developed something revolutionary and powerful." <br><br>William G. Thompson, Jr., Chief Japple Evangelist, added, "Our intent is to grow a global creative and collaborative community around Japple. Today we launched, where folks can download source code and binaries, read documentation, and join the Japple mailing lists." <br><br>Saucon Technologies is holding a Birds-of-a-Feather session at Linux World Expo on Thursday night, January 31st, 2002 in room 1E18. The session will highlight the Japple architecture and introduce this new project to the open-source community. <br><br>For questions about the Japple project, please contact: William G. Thompson, Jr., Chief Japple Evangelist, Saucon Technologies moc.hcetnocuas|nospmohtb#moc.hcetnocuas|nospmohtb - + 1.908.947.7145 <br><br>Notes to Editors: <br><br>Japple is a web-based technology developed by Saucon Technologies. It has been successfully used in enterprise class applications and continues to be refined and enhanced. Written in Java, Japple has been successfully deployed on a variety of hardware and software platforms including Jakarta Tomcat, iPlanet, IBM WebSphere, and BEA Weblogic. <br><br>About Saucon Technologies <br><br>Saucon Technologies is an e-business solutions provider that specializes in delivering enterprise class applications with impact, velocity and accuracy. Saucon Technologies solutions solve many of the problems businesses face today with highly scalable, open standard, component-based web applications and services. Founded in 1997, Saucon Technologies is a privately owned company with offices in Bridgewater, NJ, Center Valley, PA and Dublin, Ireland.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Review - 12 Nov 2016 06:27


[[html]]Between my computer at work and the one at home, my tablet and my smartphone, the bits and pieces of information created and collected are getting harder and harder to keep track of. I imagine it's like being a mom to teenage kids. You know they exist, but damn it if they ever come home for dinner. Wouldn't it be nice to get everyone around the table once in a while?<br><br>Microsoft's equivalent of home base is the recently released Office 365 Home Premium, a subscription cloud service that allows anytime-anywhere access to your documents, across multiple devices. The main idea being that what you start on one device, whether a Word doc or PowerPoint presentation, can be picked up on another, exactly where you left off.<br><br>An Office that Lives in the Cloud <br><br>Microsoft bills the service as a "complete office in the cloud" and its strength is twofold: Subscribers get to use Microsoft's premier productivity suite while having multiple options for accessing their work. Besides local access, subscribers can get their content through one of three online platforms:, SkyDrive or Office on Demand. Having choices is convenient when you're on the go, especially when a lot of us are already working away from our desks - on a laptop at the coffee shop, a tablet on the plane, jotting quick notes on our smartphone.<br><br>A subscription is $100 a year and allows you to install Office 365 Home Premium on up to five devices. For college students and faculty, Office 365 University is essentially the same service, but installable on up to two devices. It retails for $80 for a four-year subscription.<br><br>MORE: Microsoft's Next Tablet: Surface Pro<br><br>Users have access to the latest versions of Microsoft's flagship applications: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Outlook, Access, Publisher and OneNote are also included. When updates are released, subscribers receive them automatically.<br><br>Similar Look and Feel<br><br>But even with all these new connected features (more on that coming below), Office and all those included programs are still desktop programs, with a similar look and feel to Microsoft's previous version of Office. Microsoft has added a couple of tweaks, however. The ribbon, the toolbar that lines the top of each program with formatting and other tools, is now collapsed automatically, giving you more more space to just focus on your document, spreadsheet or presentation. Click on one of the menus and the ribbon with all its features and tools will appear.<br><br>One of the biggest changes to this version is the "tablet mode" setting. Given that Windows 8 was built around touch, the new setting adjusts the spacing of menus, making it easier to hit the targets. It's helpful, but the program is still very much built for mouse and keyboard input.<br><br>Synced Files and Settings <br><br>When you first install Office 365 Home Premium, you're asked to create or sign in with an existing Microsoft account (which can be the same as your log-in for other Microsoft products and services like Hotmail or Xbox Live). If you don't already have one, go ahead and create an account, it'll make it easier to sync your settings and content across all devices. I used my SkyDrive log-in, since I already have an account with the free online cloud storage service. Office 365 Home Premium subscribers get 20 GB of SkyDrive storage, compared with the free 7GB allotted to regular SkyDrive users.<br><br>Also new to Office is the ability for users to sign in, both within applications like Word or through their web browsers at, to access customized settings for each application. These are things like personalized background styles, ribbon setup, etc. As long as you're signed in, your settings will carry over to the platform you're working on. It's a nice touch, but not the most essential feature unless you're super picky about how your toolbars are laid out. I personally care more about features and functionality.<br><br>Using, it's easy to see at a glance all of your documents, spreadsheets and presentations under the "My Office" section. The clean, uncluttered layout looks great, but organizing and syncing your documents between and SkyDrive can be confusing. For example, I wasn't able to create new folders in "My Office" to throw existing docs into. New folders have to be created from within the program applications, but when I created a folder and added an existing doc in SkyDrive, it didn't immediately sync to Although I could see the doc in, I got a message saying it was no longer available when I attempted to open it. All edits and changes to content should sync with versions that live elsewhere, but there's definitely a bit of a learning curve when it comes to figuring out how one cloud platform communicates with the other.<br><br>When you open a document within, you have the option of editing it in the full-fledged application (if it lives on your device) or within the web browser, using an abbreviated "web app" version of that application. Either way, all changes will sync to SkyDrive. I tested the cloud syncing using a Samsung ATIV Smart PC with Office 365 installed locally and ran into issues only once while working in Word. At one point, the cloud syncing of my edits stalled, but this could have been due to my weak WiFi signal or the device's battery, which was on its last legs. I was charger-less and when my device shut itself down, my edits hadn't completely synced to SkyDrive.<br><br>Luckily, an offline copy was saved. Still, it's disappointing when compared to the almost instantaneous auto-saving of web apps like Google Docs. With Office 365, your work has to be actively saved as you go.<br><br>MORE: Microsoft's Windows 8 — Everything You Need to Know <br><br>On the flip side, the limitations of competing web apps like Google's means that users have to contend with water-downed versions of Word or Excel, whereas Microsoft's web apps definitely feel more robust in terms of features and functionality.<br><br>Sharing and collaborating with others can also be enabled through and SkyDrive, although real-time edits and changes aren't obvious at first. If two or more people are working on a document at the same time, each person has to click "Save" to see the most recent edits appear. An easy-to-miss message at the bottom of the window states "Updates Available" to alert you to new edits, but these still won't appear in the document until you click "Save" to refresh. It all feels a bit counterintuitive to the collaboration process.<br><br>Office on Demand<br><br>Signing into also allows you to stream a full-featured version of Office to any PC running Windows 7 or 8. It's a service dubbed Office on Demand, and is ideal when you're using a PC that isn't your own, say, at a hotel or different office within your company. I tried using Office on Demand to stream the full version of Word to a Surface RT tablet, hoping since it already ran Windows 8, it might recognize the tablet as a PC. It didn't work. My documents opened in Word's web app instead. Office on Demand is a novel feature, but could potentially be hampered by the unpredictability of users running into PCs with older, incompatible versions of Windows.<br><br>One cool feature of Office 365 is the ability to access documents even if they aren't already stored in the cloud. By downloading the SkyDrive desktop app at work, you can remotely fetch docs that live on your home PC for example, in case you didn't them initially sync them to SkyDrive. A few caveats though, the remote PC you're accessing has to be turned on, connected to the internet and have SkyDrive running with the "Fetch Files" setting enabled.<br><br>Bottom Line<br><br>So is it worth paying Microsoft $99.99 a year for a version of Office that is connected and constantly evolving?<br><br>Office 365 Home Premium is a great value for families who are going to install it on multiple machines and makes sense for busy professionals who work frequently on the go, but the typical PC user might find that sticking to the previous version of Office and using SkyDrive separately to store and access their most important documents in the cloud, works just as well.[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Windows 8: 8 Things You Need to Know About Using Microsoft's New OS - 10 Nov 2016 15:59


[[html]]Windows 8 — Microsoft's new operating system for tablets and computers — is beautiful, exciting and fun. Oh, and completely confusing, at least for first-time users.<br><br>(More information and examples of that confusing part here.)<br><br>The operating system becomes second nature after using it for a while, but some of the features need pointing out before you master them. Microsoft says it is addressing explaining the change through information on its website and some ads, but before you pick up a Windows 8 tablet, laptop, tablet-laptop hybrid, etc., you'll want to know exactly what you're in for by watching the video above and reading the 8 things below. <br><br>Start Screen Is the New Home Base<br><br>The start screen is the first thing you'll see when you boot up a Windows 8 computer. This horizontal grid of tiles is really the new desktop. It's home base. Yes, there is still the old desktop, but you get to that by clicking an icon on the new Start Screen. <br><br>The start screen houses all your apps and they appear as what Microsoft calls "live tiles." The tiles show you exactly what is going on in an app. For instance, the weather app will show the temperature in your location right on the tile. Tap on a tile or app and it will take you into the full-screen app. <br><br>Charms: Swipe From the Right<br><br>The start screen is only one of your best friends in Windows 8. You're also going to get very close with the "charms." Once you launch an app it will take up the entire screen; there isn't a task bar at the bottom anymore to get you back to another menu or program. <br><br>Instead you can swipe from the right edge of the screen to bring up the charms, a set of short cuts, including a Windows button to get back to the start screen. You can get to the charms from any possible screen. Just swipe from the right edge if you have a touch screen. If you are using a mouse, hover the cursor in the upper-right corner. <br><br>Get Apps From the Microsoft Store<br><br>At this point, you're realizing Windows 8 is all about the apps — beautiful, full-screen apps. You're also probably wondering: Where do I get those apps? <br><br>Microsoft's store comes preloaded on all Windows 8 computers and appears on an app on the start screen. When you download an app, it is also added to the start screen. Microsoft says it will be adding key apps to the store over the next few days as the operating system launches. <br><br>Organizing the Start Screen<br><br>When apps are added to the start screen you can easily organize them. Hold an app, drag it and you can move it. You can even change the size of the tile by pulling down on it and hitting the resize button. <br><br>You can also pinch on the entire screen to see a birds-eye view of the start screen and then move apps and put them into different categories. You can rename categories or clusters of apps by pulling down; you'll get a field for inputting the name of the category. <br><br>App Controls: Swipe From the Edges<br><br>You will spend most of your time in the very attractive apps, and you don't always have to go back to the start screen to get to open apps. Swiping from the left edge in will bring in an already open app and you can cycle through the one you want to keep on the screen. When you are in an app, you swipe from the top and bottom to bring up menus, and you swipe from the left to switch the app you are in. <br><br>You don't have to choose one app to have open at all times. As you swipe the app in from the left, you can hold it and lock it next to another app so you have two apps side by side. You can adjust the size of the apps, too, so one takes up a quarter of the screen while the other takes up the rest. It's a pretty neat trick and great for keeping your e-mail on one side of the screen and a website or document on the other. <br><br>You're probably wondering how you close apps if they are full screen. Swipe from the top down in an app and drag the app all the way down the screen, and you can close the app. It takes a bit of getting used to and you have to hold down rather hard at the top of the screen so it doesn't think you are trying to access a menu. If you are on the desktop and running a desktop app, you can just hit the red X. <br><br>In the Corners: Mouse and Keyboard<br><br>This last tip might be the most important thing you should know about Windows 8: It is meant for computers and tablets with touch screens, but also computers that use a mouse and keyboard. While most of the previous tips focus on touch gestures on the edges of the screen, your mouse can bring up those shortcuts by hovering in the corners of the screen. The top and bottom corner bring up the charms on right and the bottom left brings up a shortcut to the start menu. You can swipe in apps from the left by holding your mouse on the left hand side of the screen. <br><br><a href=''></a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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