I will be attending the 5th Annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise
Conference (ETE 2010) this Thursday and Friday, April 8-9, 2010.
The event is billed for “developers, architects, and IT executives” and
attempts to provide a dynamic forum for “emerging technology and Open
I look forward to seeing Robert C. (Uncle Bob) Martin’s keynote on “Bad
Code, Craftsmanship, Engineering, and Certification”, a panel discussion on
“Open source is a commercial enterprise”, another panel on “Social
Media: Why should I care?”, a second Bob Martin presentation on “Agility
and Architecture”, Mary Poppendieck on “Cost Center Disease”, Bonnie
Aumann on managing developers, Michael Coté’s keynote on “The Pragmatic
Cloud”, Geir Magnusson Jr. on “Project Voldemort”, and Brian
McCallister on “Failure Happens” (one of the very few talks on systems
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Open Source Journal on Ulitzer
The November 2009 issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM) has a very
interesting article by Paul Stachour and David Collier-Brown entitled “You
Don’t Know Jack About Software Maintenance”. The authors argue
energetically for using versioned data structures and “continuous
upgrading” to improve the state of the art of software maintenance.
The piece got me thinking about FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and
“continuous upgrading”. Here are seven observations on FOSS software
maintenance that occurred to me as I reflected on the CACM article:
Although I haven’t seen a thoroughly researched study, I figure there must
be at least 250,000 FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) tools available to
every systems administrator on the planet (230,000 at SourceForge + 15,000 at
Launchpad + 12,000 at CodePlex + 5,000 at Google Code and that doesn’t
count the Linux kernel or any of the myriad other self-hosted projects).
These 250,000+ resources comprise the full “toolbox” that admins can use
for building solutions with FOSS; they represent the FOSS equivalent of COTS
(Commercial Off-The-Shelf). Of course, if you add open source b... (more)
Last week I read a good article on cloud computing, Cloud ROI: A Grounded
View. It seems that even with all the hype (or because of it?) most are not
“running blindly” to adopt “the cloud”. I must admit the cloud
metaphor has a powerful poetic charm to it.
That is probably why it has grabbed the attention of so many over the past
few years. Everything in our world is ephemeral, so there is an aptness to
the concept of a “cloud”. Moreover, I too like and use cloud analogies.
But I am now looking for clearer skies!
Here is a short list of my gripes about "the cloud":
What does “... (more)
Federal Computer Week published a great, succinct quote from Richard
Schaeffer Jr., the NSA’s (National Security Agency) information assurance
director, on three approaches that are effective in protecting systems from
We believe that if one institutes best practices, proper configurations
[and] good network monitoring that a system ought to be able to
withstand about 80 percent of the commonly known attack mechanisms
against systems today, Schaeffer said in his testimony. You can
actually harden your network environment to raise the bar such that
the adversary has to ... (more)