Amazon Threatens and Then Does Terminate Associates Program In California

Posted in: Customer Service

I received a not unexpected email from Amazon today informing me that they intend to shut down all Amazon Associates who reside in the state of California, if a new law forcing online retailers who have a presence in California to begin collecting sales tax was passed. Amazon (and others) hope to dodge the sales tax issue by cutting all ties to California, including their online affiliate programs.
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Online Java Web Services Training Class

Posted in: Software Development Best Practices

I will be teaching my Java Web Services class starting the week of July 4th, this time around through the University of California Irvine Extension program.

Topics covered include:

  • Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) – SAX, StAX, DOM, XSLT
  • Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)
  • Java API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS)
  • SOAP
  • Web Services Description Language (WSDL)
  • RESTful Architectures
  • Java API for RESTful Services (JAX-RS)
  • JAXR / UDDI
  • Web Service Standards (WS-*)
  • JSON Web Services
  • Developing AJAX/JavaScript web service clients
  • Web Service Design Patterns
  • Web Service Best Practices

This class is 100% online based, with pre-recorded lecture materials available each week. In addition to lecture materials there will be weekly activities varying between forum discussions, quizzes, background reading, and of course coding.

Enrollment is open to everyone and is available right now.

http://unex.uci.edu/courses/sectiondetail.aspx?year=2011&term=SUMMER&sid=00152

The University of California Irvine Extension program provides an Orientation Week before each class to allow students to become familiar with the virtual classroom environment before formal instruction begins. For this class, the Orientation Week starts on June 27th (i.e. this coming Monday), however you are able to enroll up until the beginning of the formal instruction in the week of July 4th.

If you are interested but have questions about the course content, please comment below and I will answer as quickly as I can. For any questions about the University of California Irvine Extension program, please call Student Services on +1 949 824-5414.

Smart Phones, Dumb Commercials

Posted in: Customer Service

The current round of Blackberry and Android tablet commercials almost universally and prominently call attention to the fact they are able to render Flash based content. Using terms like “Flash Enabled” or “Flash Compatible”. Obviously this is a less than subtle swipe at iOS based devices (iPhone, IPads etc) which do not deal with Flash content.

If the best product differentiator these companies can muster is the fact that their device/OS can run bloated Flash based advertising banners across the top of web pages that I am viewing on a slow mobile connection, then I think Apple will hardly be rushing in to “support” Flash.

Even Adobe, the creator of Flash, has begun to quietly waive the proverbial white flag in defeat when it comes to the Apple Vs Flash battle. Just in the last few days, on their Labs website, Adobe announced the first availability of Project Wallaby (great name IMHO), which is a tool to convert Flash applications to the HTML 5 standard that many browsers already have support for, and surprise, surprise so do iOS based devices.

Bottom line: if the main reason you pick one smart phone over another is that one runs Flash and one doesn’t, then it is possible you are not qualified to own a smart phone just yet.