James Borck

Senior Contributing Editor

James R. Borck is an East Coast developer and strategist specializing in the government and financial services sectors. He has been an InfoWorld reviewer since 1997.

Bossie Awards 2016: The best open source applications

Review: Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS shines

Review: Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS shines

Latest Ubuntu Server lays the foundation for higher speeds and greater density with Snap packages, LXD containers, and ZFS storage

Review: Birst brings DIY to BI

With straightforward data access, automated modeling, and easy reporting tools, cloud-based Birst Enterprise is the data warehouse for the rest of us

Review: AppMobi XDK brings more style than substance to iPhone, Android development

The beauty of AppMobi's slick, cloud-based IDE for building cross-platform mobile apps runs only skin deep

PhoneGap: Mobile development made easy

Adobe PhoneGap taps basic Web development skills for mobile apps on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone

The fall and rise of Microsoft Silverlight

Before hitching up with Windows Phone and Windows 8, Microsoft's cross-platform rich Internet application framework gets a modest upgrade

InfoWorld review: Microsoft Silverlight 4 vs. Adobe Flash 10.1

Silverlight challenges the RIA supremacy of Flash, Flex, and AIR with superior development tools and design tool integration

InfoWorld review: Flash Builder 4 lights up rich Internet app development

Fresh out of beta, Flash Builder 4 delivers time-saving tools that speed data delivery for Flex apps, streamlines testing and workflow for Flash and AIR

First look: Adobe Flash and Flex ignite with Flash Catalyst

Adobe Flex 4 SDK, Flash Builder 4, and Flash Catalyst betas close the gap between great UI design and rich Internet application development

Test Center review: King of the dynamic IDEs

Multilingual ActiveState Komodo 5.0 conquers Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby projects with strong debug facilities, excellent code control, and an unbeatable set of utilities

Test Center review: Adobe AIR soars to loftier heights

Version 1.5 of Adobe's cross-platform, desktop-integrated RIA framework bolsters the business case with database encryption and sweetens the deal with Flash and speed improvements

Test Center review: Open source data aces

Jitterbit 2.0 impresses with easy GUI for mastering migration projects, while Talend Open Studio 3.0 scales gracefully to meet enterprise integration demands

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