Move Over, AJAX, ARAX Is Here

June 7, 2008

At the RailsConf conference for Ruby on Rails developers in Portland, Ore., on May 30, John Lam, creator of the IronRuby project at Microsoft, told eWEEK that as Microsoft’s Silverlight rich Internet application environment takes off it will provide Ruby developers with a way to deliver AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)-style applications without having to use JavaScript.

“If you’re a Ruby programmer and you like Ruby as a language, context-switching into JavaScript is just something you have to do,” Lam said. “It’s a tax. You’re trading productivity away arbitrarily because that’s just what runs in the browser. And it’s much more interesting when you can run the same language on both sides [the client and the server] so you don’t have to do that context switch.”

In essence, using ARAX, Ruby developers would not have to go through the machinations of using something like the RJS (Ruby JavaScript) utility, where they write Ruby code and RJS generates JavaScript code to run on the client, Lam said. “Sure, you could do it that way, but then at some point you might have to add some JavaScript code that adds some custom functionality on the client yourself,” he said. “So there’s always that sense of, ‘Now I’m in another world. And wouldn’t it be nice if I have this utility class I wrote in Ruby…’ Today if I want to use it in the browser I have to port it to JavaScript. Now I can just run it in the browser.”


Cobol: Not Dead Yet!

February 19, 2008

I was kinda shocked when I knew that it does still exist and used in many companies. It’s very old programming languange. It’s been 49 years.

Formerly, I put underestimated to this language. I thought that it will be put in the museum. But, I got wrong.

There are good reasons why Cobol still runs many of the world’s largest data centers.

(Computerworld) — Until a few months ago, the clearing and billing system for NYSE Group Inc.’s stock options exchange consisted of about 800 discrete Cobol programs running on an IBM mainframe. Today, the entire application set has migrated onto a pair of clustered, quadprocessor Windows servers. The recompiled programs remain in Cobol today, but they won’t stay there for long.

“It’s not our long-term goal to remain running the Cobol applications. That was a tactical move, designed to slide the existing applications off of the mainframe with as little disruption as possible,” says Steven Hirsch, vice president of technology support at the stock exchange. Within the next few years, he expects everything to be rewritten to conform to the NYSE’s standard development platforms: Java and C. What’s more, other Cobol-based systems that power the New York Stock Exchange are “deeply engaged in a similar replatforming effort,” Hirsch says.

NYSE isn’t the only organization that would like to abandon Cobol. Of 352 respondents to a recent Computerworld survey of IT managers, 218 — or 62% — said they use Cobol. Of those 218 respondents, 36% said they plan to gradually migrate off of it and 25% said that they would do so if it weren’t for the expense of rewriting all of that code.

So what’s wrong with Cobol? The technology, which has been around since 1960, is rock-solid. It excels at batch processing and is practically self-documenting, and tools for it have not only been modernized but also support distributed systems. Vendor Micro Focus International Ltd. even offers Cobol.Net, a part of its Net Express offering that fits neatly into Microsoft Corp’s .Net Framework and integrates with the Visual Studio suite of programming tools.

I searched the COBOL thing, then I was really SHOCKED! Cobol is implemented in many thing. Cobol with IDE, Cobol with NET (ASP.NET Applications using COBOL) and XML, Cobol in Mac, Cobol in Linux, even in Visual Studio. Then, Cobol with SQL.

What the…

Man! I thought you already dead, pal!

Windows Crystal XP: Yet Another Hacked Varian?

October 8, 2007

Many people in the world are wondering to know the source code of Microsoft Windows.

Then, that dream came true. Few months ago, source code of few Windows’ (Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP) are revealed! Even the source code of Microsoft Office 2007 (the new one). What a big strike!

Yes, it’s true. Few commercial warez provide those just for few dollars.

And the result, there are so many modificaton of compiled Windows available on the net.
One of them is Windows Crystal XP.

They gave some extreme modification of their custom compiled Windows and called Next Generation Operating System? What a same! It’s Windows instead!

You can see the few shots below:

I search the net then found these link to download.
ATTENTION: I take NO responsibility about these links. If you want to make some complainment, please don’t point to me.

Meteorite Crash in Peru

September 22, 2007

People watch a crater in Carangas, Puno, Peru, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, caused by a supposed meteorite that crashed in southern Peru over the weekend causing hundreds of people to suffer headaches, nausea and respiratory problems, a health official said Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/La Razon, Miguel Carrasco)

Local residents told reporters that a fiery ball fell from the sky and smashed into the desolate Andean plain near the Bolivian border Saturday morning. However, experts are not completely certain that there was no contamination, by the”toxic” fumes emanating from the crater, which is some 65 feet wide and 15 feet deep.