I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by
the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.
Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old
enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain
cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up
and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal
because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on
water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly
already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can
already no longer be with us?
The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last
time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his
language was named. It was in the context ... (more)
Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in e... (more)
“What makes for a red-hot company?” IDG Connect Editorial Director Martin
Veitch asked himself rhetorically in November 2013. “Knowing which
closely-held companies have the strength in depth to succeed is an inexact
science,” he answered, “but there are some clues.”
A sufficient number of Veitch’s all-important clues – which include good
management; a strong story; enthusiastic customers; a vibrant
developer/partner community; strong funding from reputable companies; sales;
growth; the positive views of experts in the field; market opportunity; and
competitive differentiation – e... (more)
Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung
i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?"
Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing
completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving
the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical
Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not
(yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do
to vote is to go to the Further Details page... (more)
In ten days' time it will be three years to the day since I was successfully
operated on for pancreatic cancer. Some of you reading this may be unaware
of the prior story; worry not, this is not a post about cancer. It is,
though, a post about survival.
There's a saying about how 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger' that
many undergoing chemo- and/or radiation therapy often hear, or even use
themselves, to make light of the unpleasantness of the process and to remind
themselves that there is a flip side to the nastiness of the "planned
poisoning" that they are enduring: it... (more)