Sun Microsystems Case Study
Enabling software for global markets is a key requirement for all globally operating software companies. This is achieved with a two step process, Internationalisation (I18N) i.e. the generalisation of programs to be used in many different languages, and Localisation (L10N) i.e. the actual adaptation to a particular linguistic and cultural environment.
The best way to achieve internationalised software is by writing the software from the ground up in the appropriate I18N way. Therefore I18N training is a requirement for all system developers. Sun required an on-line course with a number of extra features:
- Interactivity with lots of practical hands on programming and command shell exercises without imposing security risks on the client machine or the server.
- Courses which can be taken from work and from home with the same user experience across all platforms
- Easy handling for students (no down loads and local installations required) so that the course can be continued at home at exactly the place were left off at work
- Rich material offering streamlined information including reference tables for experience users as well as additional details for new users.
It was also essential to allow the easy update of materials to accommodate new software and operating system versions.
Sun chose a solution based on Broadcast Learning's Viewport Technology Special features of the course frame work are:
- An integrated Code Editor allowing the user to edit, compile and run C and Java programs from within the course without the need for local installation,
- A Command Shell (Scribbler) representing a secure remote shell on the Solaris Server providing restricted remote login access to the Solaris server to run Solaris command exercises while even on a windows machine
- A uni-code based text editor (CoursePad) allowing the student to take course notes and copy exercise results or samples given in Chinese or Korean in a special user area on the remote server.
- Extensive feedback facilities allowing the course authors to learn from the end-user experience,
- A StatusBar supports quick navigation and marks the user progress, reference tables, man pages and glossary are only a mouse click away.
- All progress (incl. Exercises and notes) are saved in a special user area on the server, givng the user access to the all course material "anytime from anywhere". At the end of the course he may require all his material via e-mail.
- ViewPorts proportional scaling display technology allows the use of the on-line course in the class-room environment with clear readibility for all.
About Sun Microsystems
Sun is a leading provider of industrial strength hardware, software, and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.
About Broadcast Learning
Broadcast Learning is a software systems company specialising in e-Assessment and e-Learning solutions. Based on open standards, the Broadcast Learning flagship product ViewPort is one of the most comprehensive and flexible solutions in the market. From corporate training through high-stakes exams for educational institutions and continue professional development, Broadcast Learning is well-positioned to deliver secure, reliable, modular solutions that meet the most demanding assessment and learning requirements. Established in 1997, Broadcast Learning has been providing software and professional services for Global 1000 clients including Sun Microsystems, Riverdeep, Apple Computers and Fidelity Investments. Broadcast Learning is based in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, please visit www.broadcast.ie.
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