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 and business value. In fact,
cloud computing is another step in the evolution of computing abstraction.
First, hardware got abstracted with operating systems, then the user
interface with the browser, and now, with cloud computing, the network is
abstracted. Simply put, cloud computing allow... (more)
At JavaOne, Larry Ellison has made some very encouraging statements about
Oracle’s commitments to Java, JavaFX, and the mobile developer market. It
is certainly good news that Oracle (i.e., Larry) sees the significance of the
Java platform in its integrality. However, there are many misunderstandings
about the relationship between Java, JavaFX, and Android that even confuse
the new Java owner. Here are some clarifications.
1) JavaFX is NOT Java
Obviously, from a marketing standpoint, JavaFX is branded as Java; however,
technically JavaFX is a language by itself, which happens to be... (more)
Ok, so, here are my thoughts on Ulitzer...
As a blogger, I focus on traffic and I spend quite a lot of time optimizing
Since the target audience of my articles is much greater than the reach of my
blog, Ulitzer is actually helping me increase my content reach.
Moreover, Ulitzer does it in a very fair way since links back to my posts or
other locations are without the evil "nofollow" - providing a nice SEO boost.
It also gives me some good metrics that are very useful data points on the
effectiveness of my blog articles.
And last but not least, it allows my article to appear... (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)
With the emergence of new technologies such as AJAX, Flash, and Silverlight,
and popular applications such as Google Map and iPhone, the temptation for
developers to fully and deeply animate their upcoming applications has become
While slick animations and transitions are certainly useful for emotionally
driven applications, such as car configurators, and some applications or
components such as Google Map and charting, they should not be used as a
substitute for a good interactive design. Application developers need to
realize that these animations and transi... (more)