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E-Commerce Overview

E-commerce solutions put heavy demands on software, and the database is no exception. High transactional loads are the norm as users from all over the world access sites around the clock. Programmatic flexibility is critical to ensure both interoperability with existing systems and the ability to re

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Tim Berners-Lee, XML

Although he labored in relative obscurity at the time, soft-spoken, fast-talking Tim Berners-Lee has become globally recognized for his work on XML. But rather than rest on his laurels, the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is pushing forward, leveraging what he learned in developing t

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The Return Of The Java Client

Now, client-side Java is back with a vengeance–and not always in the form of applets. The need to build robust B2B apps drives many IT managers to create full-featured client-side Java applications for their e-business partners. And many of these client apps are so healthy in size that they have to

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XML-Deviant: XML Reduced

The boom, and the possible subsequent bust, and, through it all, the hype surrounding new technologies is a fact of life in the IT industry. It provides a rich source of material for the technology media. Unsurprisingly, XML has received its share of criticism, including recent claims that it's