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At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2007.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy ... (more)

Sybase Announces Unwired Enterprise Initiative

(November 20, 2003) - Sybase, Inc. has announced its Unwired Enterprise initiative, focused on solutions to help organizations effectively manage and mobilize data, and give people access to business-critical information anytime, anywhere. Sybase’s market dominance in mobile database and middleware and its expertise in data management and integration technology is empowering organizations today to achieve the potential of the Unwired Enterprise. Sybase and Intel are driving Unwired Enterprise education through developer training programs nationwide. "Business models are literally... (more)

iAnywhere and Intel Fuel Mobilized Application Development

(November 20, 2003) - iAnywhere Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., and Intel Corporation are working together to further the development of mobilized software for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The companies unveiled a toolkit that will enable software developers to deliver applications for SMB mobile computing and Wi-Fi users. Each kit will include mobile enterprise software, an Intel Centrino mobile technology-based mobile PC, an Intel XScale technology-based handheld, and a wireless LAN access point. The Wi-Fi Toolkit provides software developers with ever... (more)

A Success Story: Sybase and LSG Sky Chefs

LSG Sky Chefs, a subsidiary of German national airline Lufthansa, is the world's leading provider of integrated in-flight services solutions from catering, provisioning, equipment, and retail to comprehensive in-flight management services. With 30,000 employees working at over 200 locations in 48 countries, LSG Sky Chefs serves more than 270 airlines. The Challenge The loading requirements differ for each individual flight and are sometimes subject to drastic changes until shortly before departure. The highest degree of flexibility is therefore of paramount importance. The company... (more)

Microsoft Xbox 360 Arrival Spawns Midnight Madness Frenzy

The debut of Xbox 360 marks one of the biggest consumer launches in Microsoft's history," said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft and chief Xbox officer. "With its sheer power, portfolio of graphically stunning games, rich online capabilities, and features for enjoying music, movies and photos, Xbox 360 delivers integrated digital gaming and entertainment experiences that simply can't be matched." More than 4,500 retailers will be holding midnight madness events.  "Xbox 360 takes our customers' gaming experience to new levels," said Jill ... (more)