If you were an 18-year old spotty faced computer science student, would you be more interested in learning your way around the command line and scraping your fingernails on the rough edges of real code, or would you be happy to know that you'll ultimately be working with a completely automated software management system – so why bother?
Software application development
This blog is intended to provoke discussion and exchange between like minded software application developers, engineers, architects, project managers - and keen hobbyists too.
Adrian Bridgwater a freelance journalist specialising in cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects of software engineering and project management. Adrian is a regular blogger with ZDNet.co.uk covering the application development landscape and the movers, shakers and start-ups that make the industry the vibrant place that it is. His journalistic creed is to bring forward-thinking, impartial, technology editorial to a professional (and hobbyist) software audience around the world. His mission is to objectively inform, educate and challenge - and through this champion better coding capabilities and ultimately better software engineering. Adrian has worked as a freelance technology journalist and public relations consultant for over fifteen years. His work has been published in various international publications including the Wall Street Journal, CNET.com, The Register, ComputerWeekly.com, BBC World Service magazines, Web Designer magazine, Silicon.com, the UAE’s Khaleej Times & ITP.net and SYS-CON’s Web Developer’s Journal. He has worked as technology editor for international travel & retail magazines and also produced annual technology industry review features for UK-based publishers ISC. Additionally, he has worked as a telecoms industry analyst for Business Monitor International. In previous commercially focused roles, Adrian directed publicity work for clients including IBM, Microsoft, Compaq, Intel, Motorola, Computer Associates, Ascom, Infonet and RIM. Adrian has also conducted media training and consultancy programmes for companies including Sony-Ericsson, IBM, RIM and Kingston Technology. He is also a published travel writer and has lived and worked abroad for 10 years in Tanzania, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the United States.
In my last ever issue of a software development magazine that I used to edit we decided to go with an A to Z theme. So quite simply we went through the alphabet and tried to pick a good software related subject for every letter.
I mentioned last week that I'd been in an interoperability briefing whilst at Novell BrainShare in Amsterdam; the content of which was themed around the MoreInterop partnership between Microsoft and Novell itself. Stopping to give this subject slightly more analysis, it strikes me that there may be more than one set of messages going into the cake mix here.
Novell is hedging its bets on its new Identity Manager 4 product on the back of research that the company claims is a confirmation of why reticence still exists among corporates that have failed to move to the cloud. Identity and security concerns are the main problem says Novell.
After a five-year absence, Novell is staging its BrainShare EMEA conference in Amsterdam starting today. This week's 103 technical sessions were completely sold out in terms of attendance and by the look of things most attendees made it to the keynote this morning despite Amsterdam's other enticing attractions.
Vendors love talking about disruptive technologies don't they? It's just such a great term loaded with a seemingly negative connotation that is so easy to turn into a headline.
Is there a point at which a robust back-end beats up-front encryption and security functionality and, crucially, could that reality extend to open source? Well, if you'd asked me last week I'd have told you no, but I would have reminded you to keep taking the little white happy pills.
Not that you would notice if you happened to visit either vendors' home pages today, but yes Sybase did indeed enter into a deal with SAP today (actually it was last night) to the tune of US$5.8bn.
Turning down an opportunity to attend Tibco Software's TUCON event in Las Vegas this week was hard enough, trying to get Microsoft Word to accept the word 'Evangelising' without using a Z was even harder. Regardless, I had a late briefing yesterday with Tibco's Ram Menon who is one of the company's executive VP men-of-the-moment when it comes to Enterprise 3.
Like a lot of people in the disenfranchised Great British electorate I was unable to vote last week due to administrative errors within the mechanics of my local council. But now with the feint prospect of electoral reform just a hop, skip and jump away; the acronym PR could have more to do with Proportional Representation than EMEA CEO press release appointments by the end of this coming week.