Posts Tagged ‘Cloud Computing’

The seven ordeals of the web application developer – Part 5

Developers who seek their fortune in the web business applications market must face and survive seven ordeals and success will only favour those who come prepared.

1. The First Ordeal: User experience

2. The Second Ordeal: Compatibility

3. The Third Ordeal: Time to market

4. The Fourth Ordeal: Finding the right tool

5. The Fifth Ordeal: Integration

For developers who plan to make a transition from desktop to the web, the distributed nature of Cloud Computing presents the greatest challenge. The past experience has shown that initial reaction of most desktop developers is to retreat to the server and avoid browser side computing at all cost. Many vendors went along with this and focused their emphasis on the server-side. As a result, many promising projects ended up as mediocre implementations with poor user experience and lack of scalability.

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Morfik Deployment Tips and Tricks – Introduction

As we all know maintaining a website and its related server infrastructure is a daunting task! Most of us think of it as some kind of pain that is unavoidable - a pain that has to be endured for things to work properly. While this is largely true, I feel there are a number of things that we can do to reduce or even eliminate this pain.

In my blogs I will try to help you manage this pain by simply talking about our experiences in this field. I will share with you what we have learnt running and supporting Morfik and its related partners’ websites and their server infrastructure.

Morfik uses its own software exclusively for its website and associated services. As well as this being one of the best things we could have ever done for the product, it ensures that there is never a dull moment in the IT department here at Morfik!

Here are the areas that I will be covering in my future blogs:

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The seven ordeals of the web application developer – Part 2

Developers who seek their fortune in the web business applications market must face and survive seven ordeals and success will only favour those who come prepared.

1. The First Ordeal: User experience

2. The Second Ordeal: Compatibility

Cloud Computing is nebulous!  In the “cloud”, data is distributed across a vast network and stored on assorted platforms.  Processes are also distributed and are mostly asynchronous in nature.  Increasingly, web services are becoming indispensable in web applications.  What holds this intricate yet fragile web together and prevents it from unravelling is a set of community-developed standards such as TCP/IP, HTML, XML, CSS and JavaScript.  This fragile hold is constantly threatened by the incompatibilities of the browsers.  The legitimacy of the browser as the platform is also under constant attack by business interests trying to reduce it to a mere container for their proprietary offerings.

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The seven ordeals of the web application developer

There is no point living in denial.  Web business applications are here.  You cannot live with them.  You cannot live without them.  But they are here.  So let us make the best out of this “less than ideal” situation.

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”

These are the immortal words of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats from a poem titled the Second Coming.   For those developers who learned their craft on the desktop and helped develop a digital universe that has the desktop firmly at its centre, Cloud Computing must be a reminder of these stark words.

The centre has shifted to the user who controls the time and space in a vast new digital universe where all things are connected.  Developers who seek their fortune in this new universe must face and survive seven ordeals and success will only favour those who come prepared.

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