Refactoring – Words Have a Meaning

  Refactoring: Marketing Spin Detected We live in the age of marketing spin. Sometimes it seems that nothing means what the plain words say. For example, we hear people say, “Can you refactor my COBOL to Java?” To a technically knowledgeable person in the IT industry, that is the same kind of question as “Can you pedal my fish faster than 20 miles per hour?” As the late Jim Morrison might have said, “You...

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Migrating Struts to Spring

  What’s Wrong With Struts? If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth...

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COTS Software

A Matter of Approach Program managers are faced with choosing between custom software development or the implementation of COTS Software to meet complex system requirements. ResQSoft’s adaptive reuse technology is equally proficient at developing custom applications from scratch or leveraging Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Software to build these systems. The key to success is our approach. Minimizing Risk The COTS Software approach is...

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System-to-System Integration

What Does Integration Mean? At the most basic level, system-to-system integration means that one system can use information from another system, or that they can exchange information. In many older systems, this means that one system creates a file and sends it to the other system, usually by File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). In more modern systems, integration may not just mean exchanging data. It may also...

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What Companies Need to Know About Off-The-Shelf Software

There are many benefits to off-the-shelf software, but companies should be aware that they are also relinquishing control in some critical areas. In the past decade, there has been a sea of change in the business software domain. Many companies are no longer expending significant internal resources to develop software from scratch. Instead, they are opting for software that meets most or all of the business requirements as delivered “off the...

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COBOL Gets a Web-Friendly Facelift on IBM Mainframes

IBM has overhauled how the 50-year-old programming language COBOL runs on its System z mainframes to give COBOL apps a web-friendly facelift. Despite COBOL’s age IBM estimates that more than 200 billion lines of COBOL code are still being used across industries such as banking, insurance, and retail. IBM is attempting to streamline development of COBOL apps for its System z mainframes with the latest release of IBM Enterprise COBOL for...

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