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Progress Software Corp. - News and Facts

Thu, 31 May 2007 03:11:29 -0400 · Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS, 1-781-280-4000) provides application infrastructure software for the development, deployment, integration and management of business applications. Progress products and technology are used at over 60,000 organizations in 140 countries including 90% of the Fortune 500.

Google Sitemaps Information Center

Wed, 01 Feb 2006 04:18:56 -0500 · The Google Sitemaps Info Center provides you with a full blown roundup of Google's Sitemap program from a site owner's perspective. Your Webmasters get everything they need to make your Google Sitemaps implementation a great success: free tools, tutorials and guides, source code examples, search engine optimization (SEO) tips and search engine (SE) knowledge. Don't miss out on the Google Sitemaps Team Interview! Googlers from the Sitemaps team and Matt Cutts hand out great technical advice, that's a must-read for Webmasters!

Google Sitemaps Knowledge Base

Wed, 14 Dec 2005 15:03:38 -0500 · The Google Sitemaps Knowledge Base Project was launched by the Google Sitemaps Group in December 2005. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive help system for Google Sitemaps users. Thanks to the contributors! Webmasters, don't miss out on the Google Sitemaps Team interview!

Google Sitemaps - The How-To What-Is FAQ

Mon, 14 Nov 2005 11:21:17 -0500 · [UPDATED] The Inofficial FAQ on Google Sitemaps answers popular questions collected from various forums, email lists and the Google Sitemaps Group. It's meant as an addition to Google's official FAQ, the Google Sitemaps Blog, and the Google Sitemaps Tutorial. Often manuals and generic information are not suitable to answer particular questions, because individual circumstances require dedicated answers from experienced consultants. Google's Sitemap Protocol along with dozens of awesome 3rd party tools form a toolset to enhance crawlability, but to develop solutions one needs more than a toolset. This FAQ and the Google Sitemaps Knowledge Base combine detailed knowledge on Google's related protocols, tools and services with experience from experts in the field who have implemented Google Sitemaps with various content management systems (CMS) and Web sites of any type.

Search Engine Friendly Cloaking

Mon, 19 Sep 2005 07:38:23 -0400 · Search engines appreciate helpful cloaking, notwithstanding their 'Do no cloak' policies. This article discusses what kind of cloaking is tolerated by the engines, and provides a tiny guide to white hat cloaking for spider-friendliness.

Anatomy and Deployment of Links

Wed, 07 Sep 2005 09:33:31 -0400 · This tutorial explains hyperlinks to Web developers. After defining the class Link and its implementations natural link and artificial link, the anatomy of a link gets expressed with various syntax examples. The primary focus is a description of the power of links, and how to get the most out of natural linking. Clever and prominent linking makes the user friendliness of a Web site. High sophisticated linkage extends the value of natural links with regard to search engine placements. Many aspects of internal and outgoing linkage are covered, including the amplification of internal linking by external inbound links, and tips on building an authority status with outbound links.

Free Simple Google XML SiteMap and HTML Site Map Script

Tue, 26 Jul 2005 08:27:10 -0400 · Simple Sitemaps is a free PHP script creating a dynamic Google XML Sitemap from a plain text file. Besides the XML sitemap, it creates a hierarchical HTML site map, a RSS site feed, and a Yahoo! URL submit list. Make use of Simple Sitemaps if you run a smaller Web site with less than 100 pages.

Ten Steps to Your Successful Web Site

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 09:36:35 -0400 · This 10-steps checklist is a compressive guide for everyone who considers a first step into the Internet business. Following this tutorial, the future Web site owner should be able to establish an authoritative place on the Internet, which attracts a fair amount of highly targeted and 'converting' search engine traffic.

How to Make Use of Google SiteMaps

Fri, 08 Jul 2005 10:20:05 -0400 · [UPDATED] In June 2005, Google has launched a service called Google SiteMaps to optimize Googlebot's web site crawling. It allows webmasters to submit new/modified URLs to Google's spider Googlebot. Google SiteMap submissions have no impact on rankings on Google's SERPs nor will they influence PageRank calculations, but most probably they will help webmasters to get their new stuff crawled by Googlebot faster than before. Although we can't predict how or how much this new service, which is still in BETA state, will help site owners, we tell you how to make use of Google SiteMaps. [Update July 2005: It works like a charm. It even works better than expected. It improves search engine visibility to a great degree, as long as webmasters care what they submit to Google.]

View a Web Page as 'Googlebot'

Tue, 05 Jul 2005 16:46:32 -0400 · Check out your Web pages as seen by Googlebot and any other search engine crawler. This free SEO tool will show you what a Web robot gets when it requests a page from your Web server. Use it to check what your CMS's browser optimization delivers to crawlers.

About RSS-Feeds and Search Engine Optimizing (SEO)

Mon, 27 Jun 2005 07:48:54 -0400 · As making use of RSS feeds becomes more and more popular, most webmasters are clueless about the role of RSS feeds in their search engine marketing strategy. This article discusses two use cases of RSS feeds: publishing syndicated content in the context of search engines filtering duplicate content, and a creative, but labour intensive way to build a stable and targeted stream of traffic using RSS feeds.

Steering and Supporting Search Engine Crawling

Mon, 20 Jun 2005 08:58:32 -0400 · Since Google launched the sitemap protocol in June 2005, webmasters and search engine optimizers have to rethink their dealing with search engine crawlers. Assuming Google will remove the sitemap protocol's 'beta' label faster than from it's search engine, this article tries to give web site owners an idea where to place Google sitemaps in their toolset. To define the playground, this article starts as a tutorial on supporting and steering search engine crawlers.

SEO is dead - Long live SEO!

Mon, 13 Jun 2005 12:25:28 -0400 · Webmasters and search engine optimizers tend to discuss Google updates to death, trying to extrapolate supposed changes in Google's ranking algorithm from selfish rants of disappointed site owners. Every major update results in thousands of posts. 99.99% of them are totally pointless. GoogleGuy fills the 0.01% trying to set the records straight, usually vainly. Savvy oldtimers ignore this waste of time and space, but -unexplainably and surely not driven by common sense- zillions of webmasters do make changes based on assumptions in these soap operas. After Google's bourbon update (May/June 2005) Liane wrote this great call for rationality.

Free Google SiteMap XML Validator and Submitter

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 12:11:34 -0400 · Feel free to use this online tool to validate the XML structure of your Google SiteMap. You don't know what a Google SiteMap is? Read our tutorial How to make use of Google SiteMaps. You don't have a Google SiteMap yet? Here you go for free tools to create a Google SiteMap XML file of your web site. Or install our smart sitemaps tool, it's free of charge and generates XML, RSS and HTML site maps.

Database Design Guide

Sat, 04 Jun 2005 00:00:00 -0400 · [UPDATED] Before you set up a new database, usually you spend a lot of time at the white board. Here are some basic tips. Most probably these Dos and Don'ts of database design will reduce your efforts and help you to gain a clean database design. The examples refer to Progress databases, but you'll get the idea, even when you use another database system.

Progress 4GL Code Samples

Tue, 31 May 2005 00:00:00 -0400 · [UPDATED] Every now and then we'll add a Progress 4GL code snippet or sample program here. You can use our stuff, but please don't remove the copyright notice.

smart Data Pump - Generic Output for Progress ADM2 Smart Data Objects

Tue, 31 May 2005 00:00:00 -0400 · [UPDATED] The Smart Data Pump is an add-on for the Progress ADM2 framework. Feed it with the handle of any smart data object and it produces user defined reports in various output formats. The plug-in process is painless for developers: download and unzip the source code, add a CTRL-O trigger to your browser class, run the install procedure, compile your application, done. The Smart Data Pump analyzes the smart data object at runtime, extracts all data definitions, asks the user for optional low and high values per attribute and sends the selected data to Excel, a web browser, or creates a CSV file (XML or PDF output and other formats can be added with ease). The user can define stored reports by saving the current selection including field orders and suppressed attributes in the application database.

smartDBcheck Beta Test Program

Thu, 31 Mar 2005 00:00:00 -0500 · [UPDATED] smartDBcheck is a tool to manage Progress storage objects and to optimize performance on the physical implementation level. smartDBcheck currently is in the beta test phase, it should work with every Progress V9 database on Win32 server machines. If you join the beta test program, you'll receive a nice discount when you purchase a full product afterwards.


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