- Netflix transitions to HA storage in the Cloud - The value of moving to the Cloud isn't just for startups. Netflix has their own data center, but elected to transition to the Cloud to not burden their IT staff with mundane data center build out.
- RedMonk Analytics: What Operating Systems are Developers Using? - It depends on the perspective and which developer audience is looked at!
- Using new visualizations to tell your story - Improving the charting Google Docs can deliver.
- Apple Won't Push Flash Player Updates - Apple's alienation of developers and consumers continues.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
links for 2010-10-27: Netflix moves to AWS; RedMonk Analytics; Google Docs Charting; Apple alienating their users
Friday, October 22, 2010
links for 2010-10-22: AWS free for a year; PostgreSQL vs MySQL; Stacking the JCP election; Java on OS X; What Steve could have said; Adivce to Oracle regarding Java
- Amazon Web Services: Try us free for a year - Something worth looking in to.
- PostgreSQL vs. MySQL: How to Select the Right Open-Source Database - A balanced well written article.
- Stacking the JCP election - An interesting read even if it is a bit biased (and I don't know if it is or isn't).
- Steve Jobs Comments on Apple's Java Discontinuation - Some interesting history from James.
- What Steve could have said - "We’ve been in the computer business for a long time and we’ve learned that 80% of people just aren’t very interesting. They don’t need to create that much content, because when they do, most it isn’t very good. The iPad actually saves them from themselves because it keeps them from creating a bunch of useless stuff that no one else wants to read."
- Dear Oracle, Get a Clue - Some good advice. Is Oracle listening?
Thursday, October 21, 2010
links for 2010-10-21: Apple deprecates Java; Apple announces OS X Lion ... 11 months off?; NYC adopts Microsoft Cloud; EnterpriseDB Postgres TCO calculator
- Apple deprecates Java - I struggle to see how this makes sense as part of OS X's resurgence was due to developers adopting the platform due to good Java support. Perhaps Oracle adds support or someone steps forward with a good OpenJDK port, but Steve is clearer trying to cleanse his products of non-native apps.
- Apple's unveiling of updated OS X takes its cues from Microsoft - Apple rarely announces products that won't ship until nearly a year later, but did with OS X Lion.
- City of New York adopts Microsoft Cloud services - It will be interesting to watch how the battle goes between Microsoft and Google here. Google gets Los Angeles, Microsoft gets New York City.
- EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus TCO comparison calculator - No matter how you cut it, EnterpriseDB is less expensive than SQL Server, Sybase, Oracle, and DB2. Think MySQL is cheaper? Guess again.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
links for 2010-10-20: SkySQL forking?; IBM, Oracle, and Java; Linux catching Microsoft; Developer Intelligence; Twitter predicts stocks; McNealy at PG West
- SkySQL will try to drive MySQL fork, Oracle's ouster - Not a fork yet, but supporting one (MariaDB) and not ruling out creating one.
- IBM, Oracle and Java: The Q&A - @sogrady's always well written Q&A with a kind mention of the questions I sent him.
- Linux Starts to Eat Microsoft’s Lunch in Servers - Shows Linux growth (79% adding more Linux vs 21% adding more Windows), but it is a lot easier to show growth when coming from behind.
- Introducing Project Arcturus, Part 1: The World’s First and Only Developer Intelligence Tool - A great use of data to provide insight into developers. Kudos to RedMonk for building it. ReadWriteWeb has a review here.
- Twitter mood predictions the stock market - Another fascinating use of data.
- Scott McNealy Keynote Speaker at PG West - A great opportunity to hear Scott speak.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
- Replies and Retweets on Twitter - Some interesting stats, love the data. Are you surprised the retweets/replies are that high or do you think it was higher?
- Windows Phone 7 - Seems like an uphill climb in the phone market but tablet market could be a place to grow share.
- AWS Management Console Now Supports Amazon SNS - I didn't mind using the command line tools, in fact they are preferred in many cases, but adding support to the Management Console GUI is a nice addition.
Monday, October 11, 2010
links for 2010-10-10: If Oracle and MySQL had a child; AWS weakness a strength?; JavaOne content will cost you; Android revolution; Short-term focus hurts R&D
- If Oracle and MySQL had a child - Why not get the best of both worlds with PostgreSQL?
- Amazon Web Services: an instance of weakness as strength - Most people like simple evolution when making change in the enterprise.
- JavaOne 2010 content costs money? - In the past, the content from JavaOne was generally made available for free to the community, but the link seems to indicate it now costs $245 or you have to have been an attendee. Past content on SDN only includes 2008 and 2009. To be fair, there is still a lot of free content but this seems to be a change.
- The five factors powering the Android revolution
- R&D: Short-term focus, cynicism hampers us - Who else will innovate just for the sake of doing so?
Friday, October 8, 2010
links for 2010-10-08: More on MySQL price hikes; Jaspersoft predicts Java/MySQL resurgence; Salesforce.com adds REST APIs
- MySQL price hikes reveal depth of Oracle's wallet love: Time for Postgres? - Mentions same content I posted earlier, but clearly suggests PostgreSQL as the natural alternative.
- Months After Oracle's Acquisition of Sun, OSS Survey Predicts Resurgence of Java and MySQL - Survey doesn't address what people's answers would have been had Oracle not acquired Sun (perhaps the "resurgence" was already happening and it has diminished under Oracle), and in a few cases the conclusions are classic viewing the data the way one wants. For example, their highlight #1 is that more than three quarters said MySQL use would increase or stay the same. That is convenient grouping of answers as their data could be used to make the exact opposite statement, i.e. more than three quarters said MySQL use would decrease or stay the same.
- Salesforce.com Finally Adding REST API - While their approach to their SOAP API was somewhat RESTful already, the addition of true REST APIs is welcome.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
links for 2010-10-7: IE market share dips below 50%; Analysis of Google's response to Oracle; SQL and Big Data
- EU dings Microsoft's IE browser market share, says Statcounter - The move towards other browsers continues.
- Google responds to Oracle's Android patent lawsuit, we break it down - Google accuses Oracle of flip-flopping, and implies if they've violated anything than Apache Harmony has too.
- Who's suing who in the mobile business - Wow, I didn't know Nokia was at the center of so many of the suits.
- Who's suing who in the telecoms trade - Similar to the above, but with a bullet on each suit.
- Why relational databases make sense for big data - Good car, Indy car, helicopter analogy from Ed.
Monday, October 4, 2010
- Is it time to fork Java? - Clearly disappointed by JavaOne (JavaHalf?), Greg proposes "Lava".
- Time to fork Java? - Sacha's response. Provides some good history on the issues and highlights Oracle's flip-flopping positions. "when ORCL’s lawyers have the same opinion two-weeks in a row, the only conclusion you can draw is that they changed their mind an even number of times."
- Java: The Unipolar Moment - James points out many instances where single vendor stewardship is not the norm and why that can't be the case for Java.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
- Google offers JPEG alternative for faster Web - It is fair to say that the image compression algorithms we use today were developed when we had CPU and memory limitations, so why not update them to make the web snappier?
- Java, OSGi, Oracle, and more - James doesn't paint too bright a picture of Oracle's stewardship thus far.