| Posted: September 30th, 2009 | admin
Tags: API, Google, HTML, Linked Data
As we wrote in the previous post, structured information is the main Web Trend in 2009. Today we call your attention to the real examples, illustrating this tendency.
OpenCalais is probably the best representative of Linked Data (type of structured information maintained by W3C). Thomson Reuters, international business and financial news giant, launched API called OpenCalais in February, 2008. OpenCalais transforms unstructured HTML document in semantically labeled, organizing the information into groups: “people”, “places”, “companies” and others. Thus third-party applications and websites can use this processed information, creating new and interesting projects.
Google Rich Snippets
This year Google added a special function to its search engine, so called Rich Snippets. This function retrieves and displays useful information from Web sites using open standards for structured information, such as: microformats and RDFa. Launching this feature Google asked web application developers to mark their HTML code. Implementation of this technology will take a lot of time, but the fact that such large companies like Google are developing these services shows the growing importance of structuring information on the Internet. Meanwhile, other large companies are also moving in this direction, especially Yahoo.
Java programming, Web development
| Posted: September 18th, 2009 | admin
Tags: API, Linked Data, Semantic Web, Tim Berners-Lee, Twitter
This year Tim Berners-Lee said that the Internet is becoming more informational and now we are using information from the Internet rather more often than documents and files as it was before. W3C, the organization, which Tim Berners-Lee heads, supports two major initiatives that focused on making the Internet more informational: Semantic Web and the recent Linked Data.
Over the past few years we have seen some interesting examples of how to structure data and provide the possibility to use it. The best example of it is Twitter, which API is responsible for 90% of the service activity, thanks to third-party applications, of course.
The basic principle of the informational Internet formulated by Alex Iskold has not changed: Unstructured information will be structured and it will open the way to more reasonable use of the Internet. Web
application developers should remember this rule and provide only easy-to-use and convenient applications to manage company documentation, processes, and workflows. Companies, on the other hand,
should choose developers who offer only custom web application programming services with easy content management.
| Posted: September 10th, 2009 | admin
Tags: Belarus, Gartner, IT outsourcing, IT services, Outsourcing Association
Outsourcing Association in CEE published its annual report on the state of software development industry in the counties of Central and Eastern Europe. Belarus was rated as the fifth top exporter of IT services.
The volume of IT outsourcing in Belarus amounts 310 million dollars, it is 10 and 50 million dollars greater than in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria (the 6th and the 7th places in the Top-15 respectively). This top list of leaders of IT outsourcing in Central and Eastern Europe looks as follows:
1. Ukraine – 530 million dollars,
2. Romania – 410 million dollars,
3. Hungary – 375 million dollars,
4. Poland – 350 million dollars,
5. Belarus – 310 million dollars,
6. Czech Republic – 300 million dollars,
7. Bulgaria – 250 million dollars,
8. Serbia – 157 million dollars,
9. Estonia – 105 million dollars,
10. Slovakia – 90 million dollars,
11. Lithuania – 55 million dollars,
12. Croatia – 50 million dollars,
13. Moldova – 30 million dollars,
14. Latvia – 27 million dollars,
15. Slovenia – 14 million dollars.
It’s a noteworthy fact that Gartner analysts did not include Belarus in the Top-30 best IT outsourcing countries last year. And at the same time they included Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic taking the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th positions in Top-15 of CEEOA.