Data Analysis and Visualization


Create Interactive Analytical Maps with Tableau
Tableau Software has announced the upcoming release of Tableau 4.0, its analytics and visualization product. Tableau 4.0 includes updates to Tableau Server and Tableau Desktop, two products that increase data visualization and information sharing. Tableau 4.0 offers the ability to create an interactive analytical map with one click and share live Tableau views with web applications and intranets. This product also includes visual cues to show feature capabilities, as well as the functionality to sort your work by visual representations. For more information, call 206-633-3400 or visit www.tableausoftware.com.

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Application Development


RAD Tool Now Includes Support for SQL Server 2008
Sybase has announced the latest version of PowerBuilder, its 4GL rapid application development (RAD) tool. PowerBuilder 11.5 lets you develop applications and deploy them to .NET and provides native driver support for SQL Server 2008. The latest version also includes new functionality for creating visually appealing applications, enhanced deployment options via an Application Server plug-in, and support for the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) security standard and Code Access Security (CAS), which lets .NET applications run in partially trusted zones. PowerBuilder costs $2,995 for new licenses and $1,495 for updates to PowerBuilder 11.0. For more information, call 925-236-5000 or visit www.sybase.com.

Application Development


Delphi 2009 and C++Builder 2009 Support Database Development
Embarcadero Technologies has announced two rapid application development tools (RAD) for Windows—Delphi 2009 and C++Builder 2009—that are designed for application developers and database developers who need an IDE with a heterogeneous database framework. The professional editions for both products include local database connectivity to InterBase, Blackfish SQL, and MySQL. The enterprise editions also offer connectivity to SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Informix, and Sybase ASE, plus Data Snap multi-tier database application development. Upgrade pricing begins at $374 per license for Professional editions. For more information, call 415-834-3131 or visit www.codegear.com/products.

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Performance Monitoring


New Features Added in Performance Center 2.5
Embarcadero Technologies has released a new version of its performance-monitoring product, Performance Center, with features that include historical and real-time database performance analysis, a health index performance indicator that shows the performance of each monitored database, and tools for detailed reporting to various audiences, including CIOs and IT managers. With Performance Center 2.5, you can monitor SQL Server, DB2 for LUW, Oracle, and Sybase ASE from a single interface. Introductory pricing begins at $2,650 per user. For more information, call 415-834-3131 or visit www.embarcadero.com.

Security


Stop SQL Injection Attacks with UrlScan 3.0
UrlScan is a free application that works with Microsoft’s IIS web server to combat SQL injection attacks. Microsoft has released UrlScan 3.0, which offers a number of new features, including support for query string scanning. In addition, UrlScan 3.0 lets users specify safe URLs that can bypass scanning and also includes a number of new fields to improve analysis of log files. For more information, visit www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/IIS/Default.mspx and click the IIS Downloads link.