For those of you interested in Enterprise JavaBean Server software, check out the Flashline.com Application Server Comparison Matrix. As far as I can tell after following this market for about two years, it is a pretty complete list of what is available.
Even if there were no significant content available on this site, I would keep a reference to it:www.designbycontract.com. The concept – “software must be designed on the basis of explicit contracts between the parts” – is much too important to forget! Also, some of my software heroes (hmm, strange expression) are right behind it: Betrand Meyer (remember Eiffel?) is one of them.
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And now for something completely different: Anoto AB (www.anoto.com) presents an intriguing combination of pen and digitizer, linked to some sort of computer (PDA or other) using Bluetooth technology. It’s a mouthful, but I find this device very interesting. Using a Palm PDA is not too difficult, even when you write things down on its screen. But it is evident that being able to write on a piece of paper would be a lot faster and more natural as well. Having the digitizing technology in the input device simplifies the hard- and software requirements in the rest of the system (PDA or other) and allows for more flexibility – you can use the same input device for a number of different information processing devices. I like the concept, but we will have to see how (if at all) it comes of age.
Pay by cell-phone (GSM here in Europe, a “handy” in Germany): it can be done, at least in Germany. Check out Paybox (www.paybox.de) if you read German. This service can come in handy (;-)). It might even get better if mobile phones become a little smarter, so they can read execute the necessary commands from a smartcard for extra security.
While writing about security, I stumbled upon an old note saying I should bookmark www.sans.org – or shouldn’t I ?
Considering the dreams he and his pals steamed up in my brain some 15 years ago, I can not help but mentioning his website: The Woz. Check the Apple Computer history links here if you don’t know who I am talking about…