Common offers e-commerce education

At the Common conference in Baltimore this month attendees will be able to get a whole new course of study on e-commerce issues.

In fact, the user group has revamped all of its courses in communications and Internet topics, says Randy Dufault, a member of the Common conference education team.

There have always been some sessions in e-commerce, but there wasn't a specific course of study to guide attendees from entry-level topics to more advanced courses.

This fall's Common features more than 30 sessions related to e-commerce topics, ranging from XML to IBM's Websphere e-commerce suite to project case studies.

Dufault says there has been a high demand for these types of sessions. In previous conferences Internet topics weren't as well organized as they could have been, so people couldn't get the education they need to tackle e-commerce projects on the AS/400, he notes.

Websphere will be the subject of several sessions to familiarize users with the product and its capabilities. And users interested in the prospects of XML can get an introduction to the language, hands-on lab work and case study examples of how to use it for e-commerce efforts.

Dufault says because the majority of IBM's XML efforts for the AS/400 are concentrated in the Websphere suite, it made sense to group XML under the e-commerce course of study.

Finally, programmers with RPG experience have an opportunity to see how to build RPG e-commerce applications.

For a full listing of the e-commerce offerings at Common conference in Baltimore, go to http://www.common.org/Fall00_cosgrid/cos34.htm.

Ouellette is a contributing editor in Scarborough, Maine.

This was first published in October 2000

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