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Semantic Web Gets Closer to Relational Data

w3c_home_nb.pngWeb 2.0 is so yesterday. Perhaps, that’s an overstatement, but Web 3.0, the semantic web, is rapidly moving beyond the academic laboratory to real-world utilization. Now the W3C RDB2RDF Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of "A Direct Mapping of Relational Data to RDF.” This work is a major step towards making the astounding amount of data stored in relational databases more easily available to the semantic web.

The Pros and Cons of Crowdsourcing your Development Work

Web 2.0 led to many phenomena that changed our lives and crowdsourcing is definitely one of them. But if you are considering going the crowdsourcing route to get your development work completed (or any other work for that matter), then take minute to consider the pros and cons.

Apple Backs Oracle, Adopts OpenJDK

The drama around Java continues. The battle for Java is becoming more dramatic than a soap opera and many major companies are involved. Oracle (newssite) and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) (news,site) are in a bitter dispute over licensing issues and ASF threatens to veto Java 7 if the licensing issues are not resolved. On the positive end of things however, Apple (news, site) has announced its support for OpenJDK, thus putting an end to speculations that it might not allow Java on Mac OS X.

Web CMS: Sitecore's New Visual Studio Plugin Makes Developers Smile

A new extension for MS Visual Studio makes Sitecore Web CMS integrators' lives just that much easier. Here's a quick look at the features.

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Google Refine Cleans Messy Data Sets

Google Refine is another open source project from Google that deserves attention -- quite a lot of it. This is a great tool for cleaning messy data sets and for performing advanced operations on your data, such as transformation from one format to another or data augmentation.

Introducing the Cooperative Storage Exchange Program

symform_logo_2010.jpgHeads up, SMBs. Symform's new Cooperative Storage Cloud utilizes a “share and share alike” model in order to provide cheap and offsite storage to MSPs and their customers. 

Facebook Applications Made Easy with Heroku

Facebook Applications Made Easy with HerokuIf you're in the market for something to ease the process of building Facebook apps, a new Facebook App Package from Heroku may be worth checking out.  

Modeling Content for the Behaviors You Want #Alfresco

alfresco-devcon-header.pngWhen it comes to content modeling, the Alfresco Content Model works to enforce customer business logic and model consistency. Jan Vonka, member of the core repository team at Alfresco addressed these issues at the Alfresco Developers Conference NYC 2010.

Traditional Website Development is Dead, Long Live the Web CMS

There are some organizations still developing their websites using the more traditional design and build from scratch approach. With all the capabilities that the latest web content management systems can offer, the question is why?

Why Create Lightweight Business Applications Using Microsoft LightSwitch?

The Microsoft’s VSLive2010 developer’s event is all about development in the Visual Studio environment, and one of the big announcements this year was the launch date for Visual Studio LightSwitch. LightSwitch is a Rapid Development environment that will allow technical and somewhat-technical people the ability to create light weight Line of Business applications. While many developers don’t think LightSwitch will be useful for creating apps, we think it can be very beneficial to use in the right circumstances. Here are some reasons why.   

Mozilla Delays Release of Firefox 4 Until 2011

Mozilla Delays Release of Firefox 4 Until 2011Following a nasty  zero-day flaw exploited in malware downloads, as well as general difficulty around releasing the first full-featured beta, Mozilla's updated Firefox 4 schedule shows that release of the browser has been pushed back from late 2010 to 2011. 

Web Optimization: W3C Takes Semantic Web to Next Level

If you think RDFa and the semantic web is only for geeks, it's time to take a second look. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is advancing the standards for tomorrow's Internet and web content management vendors are getting on-board. The result is going to be a smarter, more findable Web.

Enterprise 2.0 Roll-up: Where Has All the Innovation Gone?

It's a widely known fact that the Enterprise has been jacking popular consumer technologies for its two-dot-oh pool, but the level of successful deployment thus far has failed to impress. This week we examined the possible roadblocks. 

Amazon to Offer One Full Year of Free Cloud Services

Amazon believes that Cloud services are the future. They believe it so much, in fact, that starting November 1st, new AWS customers are being offered a free year of usage on the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). 

WebMatrix Beta 2 Integrates with Open Source Package Manager for .NET

WebMatrix Beta 2 Includes Integration with New Open Source Package Manager for .NETLots of new and improved things coming out of Microsoft lately including the second beta of WebMatrix, the 3rd beta of ASP.NET MVC 3 and a brand spanking new open source package manager for .NET.

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