A little something extra…
I somehow forgot to post the link yesterday, oops!
A reporter asked me what the most significant part of the whole shindig was for middleware, SOA, and that slice of IT. Here’s what I said:
Oracle’s desire to sell integrated stacks is huge for middleware. In its most generalized form, “middleware” exists to deal with integrating together heterogeneous systems and much of the “pain” of dealing with it comes from working through, around, and with problems at the “edges” of architectures, that cross project or vendor lines of control. While a fully integrated offering may address those problems by eliminating those edges, the trade off is limited choice of technology – that could be good, bad, or meaningless depending on the development team’s needs. The big question going forward will be if Oracle will continue to encourage the heterogeneous architectural philosophy that Java has had for a long time, or go more with the philosophy that Java became a reaction to: Microsoft.
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I'm shocked – SHOCKED – to learn that the iPad is a closed system!
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"Hardt referred to the past 12 months as the 'Year of Darkness.'" Yow!
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Dude wants to rally people to get City of Austin to do more open data. Sure, sounds super.
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I love this BigCo revenue numbers. I mean, I can't really comprehend that much money, so it just starts to get funny after awhile. "The carrier's overall earnings in 2009 dropped to $10.3 billion, a 17% decrease from the $12.6 billion it posted in 2008. This decline in earnings was most severe in the fourth quarter of 2009, as the company's $1.1 billion income marked a whopping 62% drop from the $2.9 billion net income the company posted in the fourth quarter of 2008. Revenue rose 10.7% to $107.8 billion." Compare to AT&T's $12.6 billion for mobile in Q4. Yow!
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For $10,000 a month you can have web transaction and behind-the-firewall application performance monitoring.
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Quote of the week, on the iPad: "it’s a device that does little to enable creativity" More: "This is why I say that the iPad is a cynical thing: Apple can’t – or won’t – conceive of a future for personal computing that is both elegant and open, usable and free."
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"that's why I am dealing with #Redmonk, wicked smart team "
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This seems to be going along well.
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"Hi, call me T. I just made $30.9 billion dollars last quarter." And $12.6 of that was mobile.
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Back when you couldn't txt for a cause of just use the Facebook Causes app.
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Nice summary. Also: this is the kind of thing that drives Jaron Lanier crazy.
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