This website uses dymaic web slicing on some pages that are updated on a daily (or sometimes an hourly) basis. A page contains a web slice if you see this icon in the toolbar. This feature was introduced with IE 8, which allows users to subscribe to content and receive notification of updates on the browser tool bar. This was implemented for the employment page in January, 2010 and the Article Alert service in March 2010. The video link is an introduction to the use of web slicing. Further details about web slicing and how it works can be found here.
RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. It has become the standard method to send news and information from websites directly to the user who wishes to keep up to date.
Extensive use is made of RSS feeds on this website. The most obvious is LT.info Bulletin, which you can subscribe to by clicking on the RSS symbol . Whenever I make a major addition or change to the site it will be announced on this feed. I sometimes also use it to notify subscribers of more general language testing news.
Many pages also contain information that is generated by RSS feeds, but filtered using software that selects content using keywords and strings, before aggregating the information on the page. Examples of this are the article aggregation, and article alert services, which scan journals for language testing content and updates this page whenever new articles are published. This makes keeping up to date extremely easy, especially in the latter case where it is combined with web slicing. Developing the filters for some pages has taken over a year, such as on the employment page. However, some 'rogue' jobs still get through, particularly from the fields of computing, health care, and engineering. I continually update the filters to reduce such instances, but cannot eradicate them completely.
If you would like to know more about how aggregation works, there is a useful Wikipedia entry that you can consult.
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Amazon's success in cloud computing might be short-lived as data compiled by the Synergy Rersearch Group shows that Microsoft and IBM are growing at a much faster rate than AWS.
The market, worth a cool $13 billion (about £7.67 billion, AU$ 13.8 billion), is growing fast at a rate of nearly 50% year-on-year. SRG figures show that both IBM and Microsoft have gained market share over the past year while that of Amazon Web Services and Google have remained flat.
AWS revenues are still far bigger than Microsoft, IBM and Google cloud (IaaS, PaaS, Private and Hybrid) combined. Both IBM and Microsoft have also surpassed Salesforce, which now has the slowest growth rate in the top five.
John Dinsdale, a chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group, said: "While it [Amazon] remains a formidable leader of the market, Microsoft is making some huge strides in IaaS and PaaS while IBM now has clear leadership in the private & hybrid infrastructure services segment."
Last week, reports suggested that Amazon was on the verge of winning a $600m CIA cloud contract to provide a unified platform for all its divisions.