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By Robert Houben, CTO on 3/29/2011 7:13 AM

According to Gartner and other analysts, the number of smartphone and other mobile computing devices will soon exceed desktop and notebook systems.  At times it feels like we are already there.

The power, versatility and consumer acceptance of mobile devices is such that you ignore them at your peril.

In this installment, we will look at the Unlock Codes that FusionWare provides that enable you to extend your reach to mobile devices.

By Robert Houben, CTO on 3/23/2011 11:33 AM
In the last installment we looked at creating a W3C standard web service so that applications that don’t particularly understand the .NET DataSet object can work with your DAL.  Originally we were going to do the Silverlight blog entry this week, but due to demand, we are postponing that by a week while we look at some advanced DataSet handling.
By Robert Houben, CTO on 3/21/2011 10:23 PM

In our last installment, we looked at how you can leverage open source and standards based platforms to get your job done.  Sometimes, however, you need to bring out the big guns, and you need to work with a vendor-based platform, or a custom designed solution.  It may be that your enterprise has selected one of these platforms, and you need to play nice.

In this installment, we will look at the Unlock Codes that FusionWare has for enabling you to build a Custom Enterprise Portal that extends your MultiValue application data and logic.

By Robert Houben, CTO on 3/17/2011 8:23 AM

Most Microsoft environments provide you highly turbocharged capabilities when you provide them with a System.Data.DataSet object.  The Web Service we built in the previous installment exposes this object type.  Unfortunately, non-Microsoft web service clients (like java) do not have access to the System.Data namespace, and are unable to use this version of the web service without doing some very creative work.

In this installment we look at how easy it is to add a web method that exposes a W3C standard representation of the data.  We’ll show how to navigate this W3C standard web service programmatically from a .NET application. The same concepts can be applied to any Java, non-Windows, or non .NET client programming environment, like Perl, PHP and many others.

By Robert Houben, CTO on 3/15/2011 7:37 AM

There are many open source and standards based frameworks and solutions that are available for a variety of tasks today.  In addition to allowing you to make changes to the source code, these frameworks are typically designed to allow for easy customization using plug-ins and extensions.  In some cases there are literally thousands of plug-ins available to be used free or paid for (generally with a very low price point.)

We have found that these open standards are stable, full-featured (sometimes almost too much so) and very well supported by a large, helpful community.  In this article we will look at how to identify those frameworks that are well supported, and how to extend their reach to your MultiValue applications.

By Robert Houben, CTO on 3/10/2011 8:37 AM

In our first installment, we looked at the easy steps that provide you with a Data Access Layer (DAL) and saw how you would use this in any .NET application.   [link to previous]

In this installment we will take a look at exposing that DAL’s accessors so that .NET applications that use web services can take advantage of the existing DAL.

By Robert Houben, CTO on 3/7/2011 10:03 PM
In this installment we look at the unlock code for building a trading partner interface to your MultiValue application.  Particularly, we are going to look at an industry standard called Applicability Statement 2 (AS2).
By Robert Houben, CTO on 3/3/2011 8:45 AM
In this installment we will create a Data Access Layer (DAL) based on a mapped table or any other command that can be executed against the FusionWare mvLynx Direct DAS.  Accessing your data through a DAL is a standard best practice, not just for .NET programming but for any enterprise application.  In later installments we will reuse this DAL to create web services and will show how you can use these components. We will also demonstrate how easy it is to extend this functionality.
By Robert Houben, CTO on 3/1/2011 8:48 AM

At FusionWare, we have been assisting our customers to build eCommerce sites that integrate tightly with their MultiValue applications since 1995.

Today, we have the benefit of being able to use many different platforms for building a solution.  One of these platforms is a full-featured platform for building an eCommerce application, called osCommerce.

FusionWare has created a plugin for osCommerce that enables it to connect to any back-office POS system.

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