Note: These articles are all hosted off-site, on CMP's servers. If the links are
broken, that might be out of my control, but I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know.
Also, these are just the major articles I wrote for each magazine. If you dig around,
you can also find a number of shorter pieces, book reviews, and Q&A type interviews
I contributed over the years.
Microsoft's .Net framework and Sun's Java 2 Enterprise Edition offer developers
unprecedented capabilities, but excitement over these new platforms often
overshadows the risks. In this article, I investigate how developers can avoid
hidden pitfalls when migrating their apps.
Given today's tight budgets, low-cost overseas engagements are looking more
and more attractive to American developers and IT departments. But despite
the rewards, offshore development isn't without its pitfalls. I interview the
experts to find the risks and rewards of this hotly-debated topic.
By now, everyone recognizes Linux as one of the open source movement's great
success stories. Open source databases could be next, if they manage to capture
the attention of enterprise IT managers. Can free software really take the place
of big-name RDBMS systems like Oracle, IBM DB2, and Sybase?
HTML has been with us for a while now, long enough for many online applications
developers to have grown well familiar with its limitations. Now, companies like
Macromedia and Curl Corporation are rolling out new plug-ins that claim they can
revolutionize Web interface development. Do enterprise developers finally have cause
to shelve their musty old markup languages?
I've been a dedicated Macintosh user for several years now. But until recently, very
few professional Web developers took the Mac OS seriously as a server platform. In this
article, I take a hard look at today's Apple, and whether the introduction of Mac OS X
and new server hardware means it's time for developers to take a fresh look at the Macintosh.
Major database vendors like Oracle and IBM are beginning to push clustering as a low-cost
alternative to expensive mainframes and big single servers. But is database clustering really
a viable answer to the big-budget blues, or are you better off waiting for this technology to mature?
As individuals, it's easy to think of digital rights management (DRM) as the enemy. But for
many companies, it remains the best hope for protecting digital content from copyright infringement.
The problem is that nobody's come up with a working system—yet. In this article I look at a
number of emerging XML standards that promise to help lay the foundation for tomorrow's DRM, and
the companies behind them.
For any company, the business of acquiring new customers is expensive. But it's harder
for online companies to retain those customers than for any other kind of business, since
the competition is never more than a few mouse clicks away. Personalization technologies
may be the secret weapon online marketers have been looking for. (This article was written
when my magazine went by the name Web Techniques.