Fawcette Technical Publications Acquires inquiry.com's URL and Ask the Pro Services.PALO ALTO Palo Alto, city, California
Palo Alto (păl`ō ăl`tō), city (1990 pop. 55,900), Santa Clara co., W Calif.; inc. 1894. Although primarily residential, Palo Alto has aerospace, electronics, and advanced research industries. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 25, 1997--Fawcette Technical Publications (FTP FTP
in full file transfer protocol
Internet protocol that allows a computer to send files to or receive files from another computer. Like many Internet resources, FTP works by means of a client-server architecture; the user runs client software to connect to ), the leading independent publisher of information on programming, today announced the acquisition of inquiry.com's URL URL
in full Uniform Resource Locator
Address of a resource on the Internet. The resource can be any type of file stored on a server, such as a Web page, a text file, a graphics file, or an application program. and Ask the Pro Web site.
FTP projects that the acquisition will double the traffic on The Development Exchange family of Web site, already the largest independent site dedicated to computer programming.
inquiry.com is a reference Web site for professionals buying computer equipment or software. It is complementary to FTP's own The Development Exchange (DevX), an independent Web site for Windows(R) development professionals. The acquisition of inquiry.com enables FTP to expand its content with the Ask the Pro forums and to share traffic between both Web sites -- making it an even greater information resource to IT professionals.
inquiry.com will continue to operate as an independent Web site within the DevX suite of Web sites. DevX is already the most popular, independent site for programmers This is a list of programmers notable for their contributions to software, either as original author or architect, or for later additions.
See also: Game programmer, List of computer scientists
-- with over 174,000 unique visits and 2.5 million page views per month -- verified by independent audits by both Nielsen-I/Pro and BPA BPA British Paediatric Association. . DevX is believed to be the only technical information Web site with independent audits of its traffic.
"inquiry.com has become one of the most respected and well trafficked IT sites on the Web and many IT professional have come to trust and depend on it," said James E. Fawcette, president and founder of Fawcette Technical Publications. "The combination of inquiry.com's Ask the Pro and The Development Exchange's product reviews, gigabytes of downloadable code and technical articles, discussions groups and other resources for professional programmers will increase traffic throughout our Web sites. And, it will give users an even greater level of technical information from the URL's they're accustomed to using."
Said Reed Taussig, president and founder of inquiry.com: "The acquisition of inquiry.com's very popular Ask The Pro by Fawcette Technical Publications enriches the depth and value of the content we created and provides continuity of the service to our customers. There has been an historical affinity between Fawcette and inquiry.com and we are very pleased that Ask the Pro will continue to be available to the three million IT professionals that have visited inquiry.com over the past 18 months."
About Ask the Pro Services
The Ask the Pro services comprise 18 subjects in which IT professionals can quiz A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which the players (as individuals or in teams) attempt to answer questions correctly. Quizzes are also brief assessments used in education and similar fields to measure growth in knowledge, abilities, and/or skills. experts about products. The Ask the Pro categories include Visual Basic, C++, Java, SQL SQL
in full Structured Query Language.
Computer programming language used for retrieving records or parts of records in databases and performing various calculations before displaying the results. and several other product specific categories such as Informix. To receive the information, users email questions which are reviewed by programmers, answered, edited and posted to the Web site.
There is a database of 1,800 already answered questions, with more added daily. FTP plans to maintain these as separate services with links to discussion groups, book reviews and other product reviews on its own site, The Development Exchange (http://www.windx.com). Ask the Pro services will be expanded with more consultants contracted to answer technical questions and more sections will be created.
About Fawcette Technical Publications
Founded in 1990, Fawcette Technical Publications is a privately-held corporation, based in Palo Alto, Calif. FTP offers several leading products and information services See Information Systems. , all aimed at the rapidly growing Windows and Internet programming markets: Visual Basic Programmer's Journal, the world's largest paid programming magazine with an audited circulation of 115,000; Microsoft Interactive Developer, the largest technical publication for computer professionals creating Web sites and other interactive media, at 45,000 readers; and the Visual Basic Insider's Technical Summit (VBITS VBITS Visual Basic Insiders' Technical Summit
VBITS Visual Basic Insiders Technical Summit ) conferences for programmers, held at sites from Berlin to San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden to Tokyo.
FTP also recently introduced Java(TM) Pro magazine, the first professional programming magazine dedicated to the Java programming environment.
inquiry.com is the definitive World Wide Web site for information technology professionals seeking product information to support purchasing decisions. The company, inquiry.com, ceased operation on Sept. 5, 1997.
The site is one of the only Web resources IT professionals could use to efficiently search IT vendor data for product information, read articles from independent IT publications and mine the implementation experiences of peers and recognized technical professionals. -0-
Note to Editors: VBITS, Interactive Developer, The Development Exchange, DevX, inquiry.com, and "Ask the Pros" are trademarks of Fawcette Technical Publications. Microsoft and Visual Basic are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation (company) Microsoft Corporation - The biggest supplier of operating systems and other software for IBM PC compatibles. Software products include MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows NT, Microsoft Access, LAN Manager, MS Client, SQL Server, Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC), MS Mail, . Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982. . Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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