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XML-J: SEAGULL just released a new application integration product. Tell us about it. Boul: SEAGULL, a Dutch-based company, has been dealing with legacy extension for about 10 years now. We started with text translation tools, then offered a product called GUI/400 for delivering GUI versions of existing green screen applications. That evolved into JWalk and WinJa, software technology for Web/Windows-to-host access to host application functionality without changing the existing application. The natural evolution was to take the logic or the business rules and the procedures off these old machines and export them to other applications. Our newest product is called Transidiom. Transidiom allows you to go into an application that's running on a mainframe or midrange system, record the business logic, and utilize it to generate a COM, Java, or XML interface. You can call... (more)

OOXML's Fast Track to ISO Standardization a Minefield

V1, the subcommittee advising the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) on formats, has failed by a tantalizing two votes to endorse Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format, already standardized by ECMA, as fit for ISO standardardization even though Microsoft reportedly packed V1 with its friends in anticipation of the vote last week. Despite the fact that V1 had only seven voting members a few months ago and 26 last Friday, the 13th, as it happens, no two-thirds consensus was reached and now INCITS' executive board is going to have to sort throug... (more)

Interview with Jeremy Allaire of Allaire Corporation, Inc.

XML-J: Recently, Allaire has been in the acquisition and partnership mode. Can you give us a brief history of the events over the last couple of years and the rationale behind these decisions? Allaire: One of the primary reasons for going public over a year ago was to create a base of assets that could be leveraged into mergers and acquisitions. We saw a number of areas for expansion for our platform, all of which underlined a long-term strategy for becoming one of the leading Internet business platforms. In 1999 we undertook three acquisitions. The first, BrightTiger Technologi... (more)

Interview with Sandra Clark of Insight Technologies

XML-J: Can you give me an idea of how you got started and what the background is? Did the developer start off with XML or did he or she actually have some other technologies in place? Clark: No, in fact XMLMATE, the product we launched at XML DevCon 2000, originated after the development of one of our other products. That product, Intellego, is a full-blown application that automates the structuring and indexing of XML. XML-J: The basic technology your company started out with was XML? Clark: No, COM/DCOM. A lot of our work was in COM/DCOM. We were struggling with some of the lear... (more)

Interview With EJ Pappas

XML-J: Can you tell me a bit about Infoteria Corporation? What your company does and what products you offer? Pappas: Infoteria is an XML tools provider. We make toolsets that enable you to integrate and augment your existing back-end systems and structures with XML. Our tools are modular, so you're able to accomplish specific tasks related to XML integration, quickly and easily. First, we have a product called iCONNECTOR that allows users to convert data found in back-end systems, such as Oracle, Notes/Domino, Microsoft SQL, or Access, into XML. iCONNECTOR has an easy-to-use gra... (more)