20 posts • joined Wednesday 16th January 2008 15:52 GMT
I've read this twice but...?
I have an MSc in Computer Science specialising in databases, but I don't immediately understand what this article is saying.
I can see that sometimes you will have trouble scaling your database servers unless perhaps you pay a lot of money for sophistcated versions of RDBMSs. However it's not obvious how the simpler file stores on eg AWS overcome the same problems. That really needs to be explained.
Some people like ORM approaches. Some people no doubt still write COBOL programs that happily talk to sequential files. Databases however are still the preferred choice in the majority of situations, so any Cloud service needs to provide RDBMS functionality.
So what actually happenned?
"So far 230 children have been "safeguarded"
If you ever want to become a journalist you need to stop cutting and pasting , and start digging out some information.
If 230 children were taken out of the clutches of abusers then that's brilliant news. As it is we don't know what's happened, if anything.
Major Step Forward
Well done Mike Ryan (a software engineer from Intel Research Pittsburgh) - you invented a new word 'permute'. I guess it means travelling to and from work only split amongst 48 virtual vehicles... or something else...
We seem to have side-stepped the issue of multi-core programming by the recent phenomenal rise in virtualisation. The future will huge datacentres run by the likes of Amazon. They're inclined to give you stuff cheap anyway, so if they get their hands on 48 core processors we'll get our cpu rental for pocket money.
Bye Bye Competent Banks
Stopped working for me. When I rang the help desk the bloke was surprised that Firefox wasn't working so I suspect it's just IT's complete incompetence - so common sadly today in big organisations.
Don't think this is a one-off. Trying to get to the help desk was an heroic effort, involving getting trapped in loops. Not long ago they announced you couldn't add a new payee without getting a mobile phone confirmation - great idea except a few days later I added one in a few minutes without the promised check. I rang back to say "Thanks for adding that, but you weren't supposed to" but they gave me some bollxx about "Ooo. our mysterious process does work in the background you know." But of course it didn't.
It's very sad. They were a good bank but are being killed by IT - no doubt offshoring or outsourcing; they usually finish off IT departments.
I've got Restful Web Services (O'Reilly) and am still not clear. REST addresses a web page rather than carries a message to it. This can work for lots of things but where you need to carry a lot of state I'm not sure REST is practical.
The idea is however persuasive. However I could not work out the point of the article - the Cloud was only mentioned, not developed.
It is Curious
You regularly see eg a Project Manager role where it says something along the lines of "Must have 6 years experience of sitting in red chairs". At first, you think "It's up to them". But then you notice the identical post being re advertised for months on end. Not even changed to "brightly coloured chairs or stools" The requirements generally are 99% irrelevant, but they persist rather than choose the next closest match. There is something odd going on. Maybe it's covering up rampant illegal inter-company transfers. I don't know the answer but this "don't have the right skills" is not as it seems..
Amazon will rule the World
Your capacity is elastic, your data is automatically DR-ed to at least one other site and you've got loads of professionally built machine images you can copy for your builds. Then you've got huge tech companies devoting top brains to security (they get it wrong; their dead). I'm struggling to see any flaws.
PHP is just right
I was asking one of my top tech leads who is called in to tune large (20+ server) web applications (typically .NET), what was his favourite language. He said he was quite impressed with PHP.
In contrast to the author, I think .NET is much more dangerous in the hands of novices. Instead of a handgun, it's like letting them loose with the USS Enterprise.
Not as barmy as it sounds
EDS has a lot of potential. It has some huge juicy contracts, mainly in the defence sector. Get rid of the multi-million disasters it regularly walks into elsewhere and you've got a nice little earner. HP haven't got a good reputation but putting the two together could easily produce a company that delivers and does so profitably. It's not rocket science.
We'll all be mainframe one day
I recently was talking to a Chief Architect of Fujitsu about all the latest non-mainframe technology including grids, virtualisation, blades and so on. He said we're just trying to get back to where we were with mainframes 20 years ago, and we're not there yet. Mainframes make so much more sense than the hundreds of smaller servers we see with all their installation, integration and huge heat/space problems. IBM didn't need to do anything. Except of course one thing - stop charging ten times as much as anyone else.
I remember working at Shell when a load of Boeing people came in to take over IT project management. Their methods would stop all the late and over budget business. I'm not knocking Boeing but if this was an IT project it would be classed as a disaster. Goodness knows how over-budget it is - they're not saying. It all goes to show how stupid current predictive project management is.
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