I am not a fan of the database per service model. The correct pattern for the database model in a cloud-native environment is a data abstraction layer that hides the underlying database mechanics while allowing for transactions that span multiple services. The services should not know the architecture of the database, nor should they orchestrate their transactions.
There is no such thing as one grand unified full-stack programming language or a full-stack developer using a single tool. As a SaaS software architect, I certainly do not see some holy grail from my vantage point. We need to use tools that best meet the needs of the task -- and the needs and the skills of developers who use them.
Avoiding managed services, using Docker and running eight Mongo and twelve Kafka nodes does not make an application cloud neutral — it makes it costly to develop, Kafkaesque to architect, and impossible to maintain in production. You end up losing your weekends and quality time with family to DR exercises and production support.
On June 16th, Amazon announced they would acquire Whole Foods in what to me seems like the most exciting M&A event of the past couple of years. As a long time customer of Amazon Prime and Amazon Fresh, I couldn't be more excited at the possibilities. Of course, every other retailer is terrified. There are some … Continue reading Rather than innovating Walmart bullies their tech vendors to leave AWS
Whether my third grader becomes a software engineer when she grows up remains to be seen. The ability to customize and extend the behavior of a computer is a skill that is going to remain with her for the lifetime. If she wants to be an educator she can make educational apps. If she becomes a business person or a scientist she will be able to use computers to her advantage. This is what being a citizen developer is all about.
This article was originally published by me on my InfoWorld blog in June, 2016. The last time Gartner published their IaaS/PaaS provider rankings Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure occupied the coveted upper right quadrant. To make it into Gartner's magic quadrant both Amazon and Microsoft needed to demonstrate the quality of their services as well … Continue reading In search for the mythical neutrality among top-tier public cloud providers
On May 10 Salesforce experienced a day long outage and lost four hours of customer data. As of May 14, Salesforce is still in degraded state. There is a number of lessons we can learn from this.
Nothing riles up the passions of the developer community more than pointing out that a technology is dead. Much to my surprise, Java Enterprise Edition still has fans loyal enough to get riled up . JEE as a specification may not be dead but bloated JEE application servers most certainly are and have been for well over a decade.
This article was originally published on my Cloud Power blog at Computerworld on November 10th, 2015 On October 21st, 2015, HP officially announced what many of us anticipated for months. After months of denials and flip-flopping they will shut down their HP Helion Public Cloud service. How does their SLA stack up against other cloud … Continue reading Managed IT is not the future of the cloud