HTML: The Beginning

HTML: The Beginning

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, C++, and Ruby are only a select few of the seemingly endless languages used for coding in today’s world. If you have never had experience with it before, it is a daunting task to determine where to start and how to begin. My path began with HTML, the basis of all coding languages that followed. If you are truly interested in learning, start with a firm understanding of this base language, and you will be able to balance the other languages successfully. Initially, it may look like jargon, but like all languages, it takes practice and repetition to truly understand.

HyperText Markup Language, or HTML, was written and developed in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee. Since then, there have been numerous variations on the language, but the idea remains, essentially, the same. It is a markup language that utilizes tags to describe document content with the document being a webpage. It is both a powerful and simplistic language that can define the look of a site. (more…)

Lawsuits Surrounding Software Patents

Lawsuits Surrounding Software Patents

Software patent litigation presents complex issues for attorneys and companies to resolve. One of the leading issues involved in software patent disputes is that of patent infringement. Those who invent software programs aim to protect their inventions through patents. Holding a patent on an invention means that no one else may copy or profit from that invention.

Issues can also arise when individuals secure a patent that is overly broad for their software inventions. An overly broad patent may be invalid, and a court may decide not to uphold it.

Types of Claims in Software Patent Lawsuits

Courts typically defer to leading case precedent to determine the outcome of software patent lawsuits. Individuals may file claims under leading case precedent for software patent cases, such as a Beauregard claim. A Beauregard claim stems from the case of In re Beauregard, 53 F.3d 1583 (Fed. Cir. 1995). A Beauregard claim is asserted to prove that a manufacturer or seller of computer media, such as DVDs or CDs, is a direct infringer of a patent. (more…)

COTS Based Software Systems

COTS Based Software Systems

Developed software is released for public use in several different ways. Depending on its intended use by commercial entities or individuals, the creator of a software program may choose to license it for resale, offer it to the masses for free, or advertise it as an add-on feature for existing applications. Commercial-off-the-shelf software – usually abbreviated as COTS – specifically refers to software programs that are ready for immediate use. These products are generally made available for commercial use through a licensing agreement.

Most of the COTS-based software systems are created to be compatible with the commonly used operating systems such as Windows, Linux, or Mac. These programs include filing systems, memory management, game engines, graphic designs, smartphone apps, and special drivers for monitors and printers. (more…)

EMTs in the Digital Age – WebMedicPro

There is hardly any profession in the developed world that has not been affected by the leaps and bounds that technology has taken in the past couple of decades. Emergency Medical Technicians are no different, as WebMedicPro has proven, by developing and offering the only EMS software native to the web. It has been developed with the intent of streamlining the collection of field medical data and delivering accurate e-reports for patient care. The developers tout themselves as the sole provider of tailor-made EMS tablets, ready for field use; and this tablet incorporates the aforementioned EMS software which makes it the only turnkey patient care data collection / reporting software which is used before hospitalization.

Aims of the software for an EMT organization

  • Maximally boost the efficiency through streamlining of complete patient care cycle as well as reporting.
  • Completely eliminate paper from the business process.
  • Improvement of bottom line and patient record management through the digitization of the organization’s system.

Customizations available

The developers understand the diversity between various EMT operations and addresses this factor by giving the freedom to customize the software according to the organization’s particular requirements:

  • Custom run reports can be developed
  • Integration with third party applications being utilized
  • Customized data transfer modules can be developed
  • New screens / system features can be developed

Development / performance highlights

The software has been developed in collaboration with professional paramedics; WebMedicPro completely removes the need for paperwork through the EMS Tablet in which trip and billing information can be entered. Once the data has been acquired, it is input to the online system and from there to the EMT’s billing system. The EMT software solution yields timely and accurate patient care reports through rapid collection and processing of field data.

The NejAut EMS tablet

The EMS tablet comes with integrated EMT software for automatically managing various tasks that EMTs in urban centers like NYC are used to handling manually, thereby providing an easy-to-use, efficient and real-time device to make the EMT’s job a lot easier.

Here are some distinguishing features of this electronic gadget:

  • User friendly interface relies on filling out a simple electronic form.
  • Reports can be completed and submitted in the field.
  • Patient data such as PMH, demographics, allergies, meds etc. can be completed.
  • Automatically adds attributes for pediatric and adults.
  • Automatically validates the data input for complete and correct records.
  • Contains several automatic data calculations.
  • Electronic signatures can be captured in the field.
  • Editable narratives can be generated.
  • Runs can be viewed and printed at hospitals.
  • Mission critical information can be viewed and delivered wirelessly.
  • Automatically synchronize with online portal (protected by 128-bit encryption).
  • Automatically saves data input.
  • Refusal, ABN, as well as authorization forms.

The system which runs on these tablets, i.e. WebMedicPro also has several salient features that include editing runs, tracking history, user accounts, management, data exportation, search capabilities, custom report generation and readiness for integration among others.

Developments such as these have made EMT a much different field than it used to be, so make sure that you visit a good guidance website to become familiar with the profession before you decide on adopting it as a career path.

How to Make Money Online as a Software Developer

How to Make Money Online as a Software Developer

Ask anyone who’s made any type of real money online how easy it is to earn a living from software, and you’ll hear all sorts of answers from all sorts of experiences. On one end of the spectrum, people will claim it’s as simple as coding a program and then uploading it to a few popular software libraries. On the other end, people say it’s next to impossible and that the market is already saturated.

One thing is clear no matter what end of the spectrum you’re on, and that is making money online as a software developer is definitely doable. Success depends on a number of things ranging from the software’s quality and timeliness to networking opportunities and sufficient funding. Here are a few recommendations that can help anyone at any stage of promotion.

Follow Traditional Methods

Just because a strategy is tried and true, it doesn’t mean it’s no longer applicable. So devote a week to uploading your software to each significant online software library. You’ll want to keep a database of the sites that accept your submission so that you can visit them later and record the number of downloads that your software receives. That’s important for establishing a download-to-sales conversion ratio.

You’ll also want to check out the promotional opportunities at these sites since many of them offer low-cost alternatives to AdWords and other similar advertising institutions.

Sell the Software with Different Capabilities

One question that developers always ask is, “How should I price my software?” They fear a low price will make their software look cheap and unworthy, while a high price won’t be affordable and cut out a significant portion of the market. That’s why some developers offer a single software product in differentiated versions.

A version containing the minimum amount of features, for example, is typically priced very low, while a version with the maximum amount of features is priced high. Between those two versions is a version containing an average number of features, and it’s priced somewhere between the low-feature version and the high-feature version.

Each version may even have its own label such as “Bronze” for the minimal version, “Gold” for the extensive version, and “Silver” for the version between those two. The idea here is to create a product that customers from every economic level can buy.

Sell Explicit Functions While Keeping the Main Program Free

You’ll see this strategy commonly applied to open source software, where the main software product is freely available and its add-ons are sold individually. Through this strategy, you can gain a huge audience with the freebie and then make an income with additional functions and/or features appended as external plug-ins or data-packs.

You can even charge for support. Support isn’t an add-on or plug-in, however, it is an external component of software that can generate income via documentation in either electronic or book format, phone consultation, and more.

Make it a Web-Enabled, Subscription-Based Product

If you’re familiar with SaaS, or Software as a Service, then you’re familiar with subscription-based software. Subscription-based software charges for access to certain features or data. Microsoft’s latest Office software, Office 360, is an example, although access is granted to the entire suite rather than specific parts of the suite.

One major factor underlying SaaS’s success is its platform. SaaS is web-based software, ultimately granting any device that accesses the web the same access to its core functions. This access is important because it widens the market while other types of software are exclusive to the platforms they were built for (Windows, Mac, iPad, etc.) According to a Gartner Group estimate, SaaS sales reached into the billions just four years ago, so this isn’t a strategy to dismiss.

Conclusion

If you’re struggling with selling software online, then maybe one of the strategies above will help. Making money online can be hard no matter what you’re selling, however, if you take the time to devise a plan as diligently as you wrote your software, you’re sure to enjoy financial successful sooner or later.

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