‘Tis the Season for Online Shopping
By Dawn Parzych
The holiday shopping season, a time when Americans flock to the malls or
online to find those must-have gifts, is about to kick off. Kids are pouring
over catalogs and compiling their wish lists, adults are looking at the Black
Friday ads to find the best bargain, and retailers are hoping they don’t
make the news for failure to meet customers’ expectations. Every year,
retailers go into Black Friday thinking they have done everything they can
and are prepared for the onslaught of visitors, but sadly each year there are
some left wondering what they could have done differently to prevent outages
and customer backlash.
Consumers are becoming less patient, add the stress of the holidays to that
and people may find their breaking point sooner than in years past. Research
came out last year showing the average attention... (more)
Google has announced the launch of Google Base, a free online service where
users can submit all types of online and offline content that Google will
host and make searchable online.
Google Base is an extension of Google’s existing content collection
efforts such as its traditional web crawl system – as well as Google
Sitemaps, Google Print and Google Video – all which enable content
owners to make their information searchable via Google. The goal of Google
Base is to improve the overall quality and breadth of Google Search results
by collecting even more information about a wider diversity of content, the
Similar to a database, Google Base enables content owners to describe and
assign attributes to the information they upload and uses this meta-data to
better target search results to what users are looking for.
For example, if a chef c... (more)
Canoo has just released UltraLightClient (ULC) Mobile, aimed at facilitating
development of Enterprise Web 2.0 applications with a desktop user experience
that will run on both Java SE and Java ME clients.
ULC is a Java library for web user interface development, bridging the gap
between Java Swing and a server-side architecture. It allows Java
developers, says Canoo, to develop "mission-critical Enterprise Web 2.0
applications with a rich and responsive user interface using proven Java
technology both on the client and on the server."
UltraLightClient-based applications can be deployed in a J2EE container, as a
portlet, or stand-alone without changing the code. On the client, a standard
JRE from 1.4 upwards is all that is required. The new product, ULC Mobile,
extends the deployment options to mobile devices that run with the Windows CE
ULC Mobile ... (more)
Recent research conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Yahoo! on the
state of the Web shows that consumers are suffering from "Web search
fatigue." The study revealed that while 99% of online adults use a search
engine to find information on the Internet, a mere 15% of them find what
they're looking for with their first search, with most needing to conduct
three to four searches.
In response, Yahoo! Search yesterday announced Search Assist, calling it
"the most advanced assistance technology available on the Web, and the
integration of audio, video and photos directly into the search results to
help make Web search effortless for consumers."
The new Yahoo! Search was designed to better understand user intent and get
consumers to the results they are looking for in one search.
"The new Yahoo! Search is focused on getting consumers the most relevant
information as... (more)
Wireless Developer's Journal
Internet and PC security specialist Prevx today launched a free security
program designed to protect websites and internet users from the risks of
online fraud without impacting the user experience. Banking, government, and
e-commerce sites can now sign up to the Prevx SafeOnline Business Partner
Program and receive free protection against malware that compromises their
customers' confidential account numbers or passwords. This unique program
boosts confidence in online transactions with free customer support, free
real-time reports highlighting threats affecting a company's website and free
customer use of Prevx's new SafeOnline technology. This powerful technology,
successfully tested by Immunity Inc., protects a PC user from threats such as
phishing, DNS poisoning, screen grabbing, man-in-the-browser and key stroke
logging. Prevx Saf... (more)
(LinuxWorld) — We're in that "special" time of year between
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Shopping time and tempers grow short. Parking
spots grow scarce. Frustrations grow and multiply. Even in small towns, it is
hard to escape the insanity. Last week in a small town near where I live, a
man went berserk in a Wal-Mart parking lot and drove his truck into five
other vehicles, presumably cracking under shopping-induced pressure.
This holiday season, it's healthy to save a little quiet time for yourself.
To meditate on life's simple pleasures. To quietly and contemplatively
cozy-up with a good FPS and frag everything that moves.
FPS, if you don't speak video-game, stands for First Person Shooter. You
know, games like Quake or Unreal Tournament. If you run Linux and don't have
the cash to buy UT2003 or Quake 3, you might think this path to inner peace
is not availa... (more)
IN THIS ISSUE:
E-COMMERCE UPDATE New Privacy Act Protects Children on Web Sites
ALLAIRE ANNOUNCEMENTS Allaire Reports Record 1Q 2000 Results Allaire Appoints
Two to Board of Directors Allaire Certified Professional Program Preview
ColdFusion 4.5.1 Update Allaire Developer Conference 2000 Allaire Teams with
Cisco - Load Balancing
DEVELOPER NEWS A Belated Welcome to CFnewbie.com
SECURITY Mounties Bust Mafiaboy for February DoS Attack on CNN
BUSINESS TRENDS Latest Site Ratings Upswing in Wireless Content Delivery
USER GROUPS Ben Forta/Ashley King CFUGoRama In Washington DC
New Privacy Act Protects Children on Web Sites
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) came into effect April
21. COPPA means that Web sites must get parental permission before collecting
personal information from a child known to be under 13 years of age.
The act, passed... (more)
There are nearly 6 million business travelers using the Internet, responsible
for more than $30 billion in travel expenses each year. For the
Internet-based travel services industry, this is a tremendous revenue
opportunity and the competition for this market is very intense.
At the same time, business travelers are perhaps the most demanding of
travelers. Often, many of their trips are scheduled at the last moment, and
under budget constraints. Additionally, these travelers may be booking
frequent or regular trips, and don't want to spend more time than necessary
searching for lowest fares or convenient flight times.
TRIP.com's intelliTRIP is an online search tool for travel reservations along
with a host of additional information services, all accessible through any
standard Web browser.
Saving time for the traveler is a major benefit of intelliTRIP; it allows the ... (more)
Online stores are the new, next-generation, "revolutionize the world as we
see it today" way of doing business. In the context of business transactions,
online stores use the global Internet to facilitate the purchase and sale of
goods and services. The ability to support online sales is an essential
component of the new e-business paradigm for Internet-based businesses today.
Putting together an enterprise-level application for an Internet store
involves design and integration of various technologies that play specific
roles in a distributed computing environment. A distributed topology is a
prerequisite for building such Internet applications since the Internet is
inherently distributed in nature.
Due to the plethora of technology alternatives available in the computing
arena today, designing architectures for an enterprise application involves
choosing between t... (more)
The DBMS (database management system) is often faster at performing
calculations like summing up or averaging the values in a column of numbers
than, for instance, the application server. However, there are many cases in
which performing the same calculation on all of the data in a column will not
provide the correct result.
This article will show you how to use the CASE expression in SQL queries to
more flexibly perform aggregate calculations and set values based on a
An example of the need to apply the CASE expression in an aggregate function
is an online shopping cart with several item-specific options that, depending
on the options chosen, change the way an item's price is added to the cart
and, therefore, the final total price of the order. I will discuss a shopping
cart for an online store that requires variable pricing within four option
It is the dawn of a new season as BEA WebLogic Developer's Journal moves into
its second year. What better way to start the new year than with a focus
issue on Web services? And it's not too early to do so; as we move closer to
BEA's eWorld 2003 developer conference in March, I'm sure Web services will
be a hot topic.
Before drafting this month's editorial, I sat down and really thought about
what makes Web services compelling to me. I thought this through in numerous
"contexts." The two I put myself into are those of a consumer and an
application architect. Our current context affects how we perceive the world
around us and, in the case of understanding the usefulness of Web services,
what makes Web services compelling to us.
As a consumer, quality of service is number one. Web services for consumers
should always be available, should function properly, and should ... (more)