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)
A few years ago, a British newspaper speculated on what might be the Web
equivalent of the Seven Wonders of the World, and received suggestions that
were hardly surprising: Google search, the Amazon.com e-tail portal, the eBay
auction mechanism, etc. But that was back in 1991, before Facebook, Google
Earth, and YouTube had even seen the light of day. So what sites or
applications would be on today's list?
My own nominations would probably include The Wayback Machine - hosted by The
Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that's building a digital library of
Internet sites and ot... (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)
"Having MySQL makes business sense for Oracle," former MySQL's former chief
executive, Mårten Mickos (pictured), told an interviewer this week as
Oracle, through its proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems for $7.4BN,
positioned itself to become the next owner of MySQL. Mickos does not agree
with industry pundits who say that Larry Ellison will kill MySQL.
"Larry Ellison is smart.," Mickos told an interviewer at Forbes.com "MySQL
was getting around 70,000 downloads a day when I left. It's an amazing grip
on young developers."
In Mickos's view, with an installed based of 11-12 mill... (more)
From Automation to Virtual Security, a round-up of the Virtualization themes
& topics being discussed March 30-April 1, 2009, in New York City by the
world-class speaker faculty at the 5th International Virtualization
Conference & Expo being held in The Roosevelt Hotel, in midtown Manhattan.
Beyond Datacenter Virtualization - How can the benefits of virtualization now
be applied to transform branch and remote office efficiency and productivity?
Where do new opportunities lie for realizing a truly dynamic enterprise?
Certeon's Co-Founder & Director of Research, Shawn Cooney, will b... (more)