Almost everyone I know in IT is busy.
Almost everyone I know in IT is busy.
In 1942, Isaac Asimov introduced the sci-fi literature world to the Three Laws of Robotics:
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Thinking about software application development, debugging, maintenance, deployment and overall application evolution, I propose that the same law structure be applied to software:
… You were thinking meatballs, right?
If you weren’t thinking meatballs, it refers to a children’s tale about a fictional character, Flint Lockwood, who invents a machine that transforms water into food, called the "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" - FLDSMDFR for short. I first thought FLDSMDFR was an IBM system command but it’s actually an imaginary food cloud that rains flavorful things. The FLDSMDFR eventually runs amok, as many well intentioned creations do, but we’re not going to address that here.
This user group located in Southern California, draws attendees from as far north as Ventura and as far south as San Diego. Last month's October meeting drew an unusually large attendance due to fact that Alison Butterill, the IBM i Worldwide Product Offering Manager was speaking. No one was disappointed.
Doink! I used to hate that sound. I grew up in the time of wooden baseball bats. The sound of a ball coming off a metal bat would really make me cringe. It didn’t sound like baseball. It sounded like a toy bat.
I still love the sound of a ball coming off a major league wood bat, but now, having played some fairly competitive seasons of softball using metal bats, I have gained an appreciation for that doink. It sounds like victory when my teammates or I am sending a ball deep into the outfield, and it gives me an adrenaline bump signaling a hot grounder or liner coming my way when the other team is batting.
I know that metal bats aren’t exactly in the realm of technology as we IT folks generally think of it, but those metal bats changed the game.
In case you haven't heard yet, we are a week away from launching lookserver 10. As we neared committing to a GA release date for early October, it made sense to make it the 10th day of the 10th month of the year.
This release brings together a combination of enhancements requested from existing customers as well as taking advantage of the advancements in HTML5 and CSS3. The theme of this release is power with simplicity.
The greatest thing about lookserver 10 is that you can get great results almost immediately with minimal effort, but your solutions can also be extended in almost limitless ways.
I am concerned when listening to the luminaries in the IBM i community talking about what can be done with web apps vs. hybrid vs. native. I really wish these guys would 'pony up' buy some books and learn the facts.
With status comes responsibility and luminaries are trusted by many, their word is gospel or pretty close. So when talking about topics where they have little knowledge they pass on half truths, miss what's possible or even worse bend the truth to the tune of what they wish to sell you, this upsets me greatly.
The IBM i operating system has more clients than any other operating system from IBM. There are hundreds of thousands of installations across more than one hundred thousand organizations.
looksoftware has created a fascinating info graphic on the state of play for IBM i. It highlights some of the reasons that have made the IBM i the best platform for writing and running business applications. It also highlights the direction that business applications will be heading as they adapt to the ever-changing requirements of business users, IT departments and business executives.