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Software World
March 1995
by Rick Smith (June 1995)

Philippe Kahn was in Chicago on March 1st and gave a keynote address at the recent Software World. He feels that applications are getting extremely large with too many features, causing the documentation to weigh more than the actual computer system running the software. He pleaded for developers to produce "Slimware" (leaner and faster software) through the use of high quality algorithms and better development tools.

The proliferation of mobile computing in the corporate environment means applications will be partitioned and objects need to be distributed across the enterprise. Software applications must also deal with computers (clients) that are not always connected to the network server. This will cause the size of desktop and laptop applications to decrease and server applications will become much larger.

Delphi (from Borland) is a visually oriented application development tool that can help. It features a reusable component architecture) a high performance optimizing compiler and integrated database access. This allows for RAD (rapid application development) and scalability to support external database servers. This package includes Multimedia and .VBX controls and supports 2 way source code creation by allowing real time switching between written source code and the visual screen.

Applications developed with Delphi will be Windows 95 ready after being recompiled with the Windows 95 version. This version of Delphi should be available 30-60 days after Windows 95 is released -- probably during the second half of this year. After all, if Microsoft fails to hit the 1995 timeframe, Bill Gates will simply redefine the calendar year.

The product has been tested by over 3000 beta sites and application developers.

New DOS
In the battle of operating systems, IBM has just released version 7.00! It provides many features such as Stacker compression, easier PCMCIA support, AntiVirus protection, more memory and dynamic device configuration.

Copyright 1995 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

   
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Desktop PCs & Servers
  Ergo Thunder Brick 2
Eizo FlexScan Displays
Future Power epower
HP NetServer LXr 8500
Meridian Snap! Server
Digital Cameras
  3Com HomeConnect
Agfa ePhoto 780c
Canon A5 Zoom
Kodak DC265
Minolta 3D 1500
Nikon D1
Olympus C2000
Sharp VN-EX1U MPEG4
Toshiba PDR-M4 & M5
Notebooks & Mobile
  3Com Palm VII
Fosa Mini Notebook
Pionex Elite
Quantex Celeron Laptop
Sharp Actius PC-A250
Sony F250/F290 Notebooks
Talontek MPC-2000
Mobile/Wireless Communications
  3Com 56K GSM Modem
Novatel Merlin Modem
Xircom Ethernet CompactCard
Mobile Software
  Etak Traffic Touch
DataViz Documents To Go
Softbook E-book System
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  Agfa SnapScan Touch
Visioneer Strobe Pro
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  Brother MP-21 C Portable
Tektronix Phaser 780
Xerox 480cx
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  Avid Cinema for Windows
Caere PageKeeper Pro
Corex Area Code Fix
Docent Outliner
Macmillan Office 2K Books
Paragon FoneSync
Symantec pcAnywhere 9.0
Sybari Antigen 5.5
V-Communications AutoSave
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  InFocus 330
Mitsubishi S120
Internet
  Club Photo
Intelliquis Traffic Builder
NETSilicon NET+Works
Panasite Web Builder
PhotoHighway.com
SuperCalendar.com
Storage
  Calluna 250 Mb PCCard
Castlewood 2.2Gb ORB
Iomega Clik!
Teac CD-W 54E
Batteries & Power
  Duracell Ultra Battery
Electrofuel PowerPad
Eveready Energizer ACCU
Graphics & Video
  Belkin USB Video Bus
Daeyang VR Headset
Kodak/Intel Picture CD
Nogatech USB TV
Number Nine SR9
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  Logitech Cordless mouse
Raritan Switchman
Targus USB MiniMouse
 
 
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