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A Whole Bunch of Little Stuff

Today’s proved to be an exciting day so far:

Here are some summaries of posts I haven’t gotten around to making that I want to get out there before they rot in to do land:

  • I’m rev’ing up a research project on open source systems management tools/applications. If anyone has input — on the “vendor” or “customer” side — I’d greatly appreciate it. As many of you know, I worked at BMC on the PATROL Express/BMC Performance Manager line of products for just under 4 years, so this space is ever fascinating to me.
  • Has Google built their own behind-the-firewall developer ecosystem? One of the key benefits of OSS is being able to harness the long tail of developers: that is, you can get the skills and passion you need from anyone in the world if they want to work with you. My sense is that the Microsurfs era Microsoft had this, except within their corporate walls. My sense is that Google has gone on a hiring spree to create a similar behind-the-firewall developer ecosystem. Hence the stereotype of NIH and the ivory tower.
  • Will Java emerge (or is it already) the back-end for AJAX applications? Several people I’ve talked with point towards this, but it’s way to early to say anything definitive.
  • We need to do this for the Austin tech community: an Austinist for dorks in Austin. Which is just the tip of the ice-berg for a more general need: whurley (who’s turned out to be a super-swanky dude) and I were talking yesterday about the lack of a strong tech community in Austin and, more generally, in Texas. The point isn’t that we have a crappy one here, the point is that we want an even stronger one. Put another way, people like him and me would have met long ago if we had a stronger community. I’d like to get involved with him and others to start enriching our community down here. BarCampAustin could be a good place to start this ball rolling. There’s plenty of quality people in these here parts, we just need to build the lattice for them to hang-out on. In case you didn’t know, dear readers, I’m a native Austinite, so you’ll see me get all excited about promoting my city. If you’re interested, leave a comment, send an email, etc.

Update: as Duncan calls out, be sure to see the comments in James’ post on the HFN data and Steve’s followup post for more discussion on interpreting the “influential analysts” chart. And, of course, it would have been better link-love to point out that the data came from HFN, such are the informalities of blog posting from time-to-time.

Disclaimer: Microsoft, LogLogic, Sun, and BMC are clients.

Categories: Agile, Ideas, Systems Management, The Analyst Life.

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6 Responses

  1. You'll never get me! 🙂

  2. I don’t see why the back-end for an AJAX application matters… I mean, I’m curious about how some of these tools that I use are built, but all I really get to interact with is the outer layer (and maybe an API).

    DannoMarch 7, 2006 @ 6:04 pm
  3. Steve: Damn! I knew you were still a ginger-bread man… I’ll keep hope alive. Some day soon!

    Danno: Indeed, as a (consumer) user of an AJAX system the backend is irrelevent. But, from the dork angle — you know, that part of you that wants to take apart and figure out how things work — it’s interesting. Not to mention the fact that it’d be a great boon to the huge Java community if they could get some more involvement in this whole Ajax/Web 2.0 train…or, as I said, maybe they already do 😉

  4. The chart that James cites does not show analyst influence. I have replied on his blog and Stephen's. See the original data at

  5. No input on the open source sys management tools, but I’m very interested in what you come up with on that.

  6. IMHO the backend to AJAX applications matters a lot to the overall performance. Right now I'm putting all my effort into building a webservice backend in Java that supports AJAX amoung other web services. Once you get all the application workflow and the XML configuration nightmares out of Java it actually isn't a bad middle tier development environment.

    The concurrency model just isn't there yet for Ruby. I don't know how I could develop this app with out a consistent concurrency model. I'm really happy with Java 1.5 from that perspective. ArrayBlockingQueue alone saved me a lot of headaches and third party library integration.

    I think Java is far from dead, but hell I still write code in C++ as well.