Jon Davis posted an interesting article discussing whether the Microsoft
stack is really more expensive than open source alternatives.
Jon has a point; Microsoft’s restricted (i.e., Express) editions are as
free as the open source alternatives. This is undeniably true, since the
purpose of many software vendor’s “Express” edition is to compete
against open source on price. However, the difference is that with open
source you get the full-powered editions. For example, Linux (e.g., CentOs),
Xen (for virtualization), PostgreSQL/MySQL, Apache, Java, Tomcat, AspectJ,
Lucene, Hibernate, and Eclipse are all robust, full-featured, and powerful
technologies available for free to developers. The variety and the quality of
product available from the open source community are just astonishing.
On the other hand, Microsoft’s “Express” editions are just limited
editions that are... (more)
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Although there is evidence that the two styles will converge in the future,
enterprise and consumer Web architecture and technology are quite different
today. If one talks to an enterprise application architect, he or she will
probably say that while consumer Web applications are cute, simple, and
sometimes useful, their architectures and technologies are merely a bunch of
scripts and hacks put together. If one talks to a consumer Web architect, she
or he will probably say that enterprise software is overly complex, often
unusable, and based... (more)
If you are lucky, and curious enough, Oracle can be the best place to learn
the enterprise software market. I have worked at Oracle for about seven years
and, in my entire career, it is where I have learned the most about
enterprise software. When Oracle announced it was buying Sun, I was actually
not that surprised, and I thought it was to be expected after the IBM escape.
Oracle is in a self-fulfilling prophecy to consolidate the enterprise
software market and, after IBM turned down what could have been a great match
for open source and Java, Oracle had to jump in. Larry Elliso... (more)
Mysterious, comforting, scary, and attractive are all possible adjectives to
describe a cloud. Interestingly enough, this is true of all kinds of clouds,
from the meteorological to the computing. During the last few years, we have
a seen a proliferation of clouds forming from every corner of the Internet.
Nowadays, it is very rare to see any Internet technology presentation without
at least a few clouds.
So is cloud computing simply vaporware, or something tangible?
While the name might be “buzzy”, cloud computing is in fact a real
phenomenon and does create great technological ... (more)
iPhone on Ulitzer
When looking at the future of the mobile market, we can clearly see two big
contenders, Apple and Google. While Apple has a definite head start, Google
mobile’s strategy and execution has been impressive. In the last couple of
years, Google has managed to create an open platform, engage with a wide
variety of device manufacturer partners, and promote its own branded device.
Although iPhone fans might disagree, it is fair to say that, with the latest
Android 2.x generation of devices (i.e., NexusOne), there are fewer and fewer
hardware and software differentiato... (more)