Stories by Carol Sliwa

Programming options pose dilemma for SQL server users

Only three of Nasdaq Stock Market's 30 developers have expertise in using the native programming language for Microsoft's SQL Server database. So for two major upcoming IT projects, the New York-based exchange hopes to write database code using gener...

Ballmer on SQL Server 2005

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this week said SQL Server 2005 should eliminate any "last bit of hesitancy" that enterprise users may have about the database's ability to scale. Ballmer spoke with Computerworld at the launch of the SQL Server upgrade, Vi...

Sun faced with StarOffice 8 challenge

Sun Microsystems has worked to improve the compatibility of its StarOffice application suite with Microsoft's Office, but it still faces an uphill climb as it tries to entice corporate users to consider the new version released on Tuesday.

Ritz Camera looks to Linux for POS apps

Ritz Camera Centers plans to deploy Linux in more than 1,200 stores across the country, joining a growing list of retailers that have opted to run their in-store point-of-sale (POS) applications on the open-source operating system. Novell's announce...

Woolworths deploys .Net app in J2EE

Before the start of the upcoming holiday season, Woolworths Holdings wanted to improve the capabilities of the Java-based data-monitoring and alerting system it had hired an outside contractor to build. But the Cape Town-based retailer had a problem.

Microsoft updates Visual Studio 2005 beta

Microsoft has yet to release a feature-complete beta version of its upcoming Visual Studio 2005 development tools. But at last week's VSLive conference in Orlando, it announced a refresh of the existing beta release and disclosed more details about t...

Utility to make IT framework open-source

US utility, Duke Power Co., plans to go from consumer of open-source software to contributor on September 1 by making an internally developed application framework available to other companies through the SourceForge.net Web site.

IBM, Rational reach common ground at the one-year mark

Integration efforts remained a work in progress as IBM marked the one-year anniversary of its acquisition of Rational Software in Lexington, Massachusetts, in mid December. But the company showed signs that it's making headway.

IBM, Microsoft show Web services technologies

IBM Corp. and Microsoft Corp. staged a demonstration last week to show how the advanced Web services specifications that they have developed will make it easier for companies with disparate systems to securely and reliably engage in electronic busine...

MS's Rudder outlines Longhorn server plans

Eric Rudder, senior vice president of servers and tools at Microsoft, spoke with Computerworld recently about the direction for Longhorn, the code name for the next version of the Windows operating system.

Microsoft lays out tools road map

Microsoft this week at the VS Live conference in New York detailed productivity, scalability and performance enhancements that are planned for the next two versions of its Visual Studio .Net development tools.

Support for Windows NT 4.0 Workstation ends

The extended support phase for Microsoft's Windows NT 4.0 Workstation operating system -- which will mark its seventh birthday on July 29 -- officially came to an end Monday, as the company had said it would. That means corporate users needing assist...

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