Monthly Archives: October 2014

Client/Server Apps Still Make For Corporate Advantages

cscrappsForaging for corporate gold? If you haven’t paid heed to business rules, you’re burying your head in the sand. These rules need tending like any other company asset.

At their most basic level, business rules are the tenets that reside in the management brain trust. In their finished form, business rules can be a line of code such as “Value=Qty*Price*(1- LOOKUP Order Discount)” on a database server, credit-limit guidelines on a server in the sales department, or commission structures housed on the old PDP-11 at corporate headquarters.

Given the complexity of client/server environments, companies can no longer afford to have these rules scattered throughout an organization. One solution: a three-tier architecture that splits the rules apart from the application logic and hands developers more flexibility in managing these new resources.

“When you begin to build systems, it’s key to …

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Outside Project Managers Can Turbocharge Collaboration

tbccbYou know the old saying, “love is blind.” But the truth is that couples who don’t establish clear roles are headed for a wake-up call reminiscent of the infamous Al and Peg Bundy of the “Married with Children” sitcom. Al’s lack of physical and fiscal prowess is a constant frustration to his wife, while Peg’s irresponsible spending and refusal to play homemaker leave him cold.

The Bundys could have used a matchmaker.

What’s this have to do with client/server development? Everything. When building enterprise systems, either partner — the users or the developers — can easily be seduced by vague promises of increased productivity only to be crushed when reality settles in.

That’s where a matchmaker, or outside project manager, can play a role. It’s that person’s job to take a cold, hard look at the lovebirds and make sure …

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Unix On Windows Action: It’s Real, Man

unixMany help-desk technicians and system administrators live in a dizzy limbo between two operating systems — Unix and DOS/Windows. Not only do they have two software environments to master, but they also have a Unix workstation and a PC to juggle over limited desk space.

From the software standpoint, Unix users often crave the less-expensive productivity software available for PCs. Running such DOS and Windows applications remotely might seem to be a good solution, but the ability to control PCs is not built into Unix.

Triton Technologies Inc. and UniPress Software Inc. have joined forces to bring a new solution to the fore — CoSession/PC2X. A recent addition to the CoSession family of remote-control products, CoSession/PC2X allows Unix users to control a PC from their workstation. The result is a streamlined work space and fewer dollars spent on PC software …

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