Lydia Leong

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The challenge of hiring development teams

by Lydia Leong  |  December 17, 2011  |  Comments Off

A recent blog post on Forbes by Venkatesh Rao, The Rise of Developernomics, has ignited a lot of controversy around the concept that some developers are as much as 10x more productive than others. It’s not a new debate; the assertion that some developers are 20x more productive than others has been around forever, and […]

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Designing to fail

by Lydia Leong  |  December 3, 2010  |  4 Comments

Cloud-savvy application architects don’t do things the same way that they’re done in the traditional enterprise. Cloud applications assume failure. That is, well-architected cloud applications assume that just about anything can fail. Servers fail. Storage fails. Networks fail. Other application components fail. Cloud applications are designed to be resilient to failure, and they are designed […]

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Cloud ecosystems for small businesses

by Lydia Leong  |  January 26, 2010  |  2 Comments

As I’ve been predicting for a while, Microsoft and Intuit have joined forces around Quickbooks and Azure: Microsoft and Intuit announced that Intuit would name Microsoft’s Windows Azure as the preferred platform for cloud app development on its Intuit Partner Platform. This is an eminently logical partnership. MSDN developers, are a critical channel for reaching […]

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Are multiple cloud APIs bad?

by Lydia Leong  |  August 27, 2009  |  3 Comments

Rackspace has recently launched a community portal called Cloud Tools, showcasing third-party tools that support Rackspace’s cloud compute and storage services. The tools are divided into “featured” and “community”. Featured tools are ones that Rackspace has looked at and believes deserve highlighting; they’re not necessarily commercial projects, but Rackspace does have formal relationships with the […]

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Google and Salesforce.com

by Lydia Leong  |  May 31, 2009  |  Comments Off

While I’ve been out of the office, Google has made some significant announcements. My colleague Ray Valdes has been writing about Google Wave and its secret sauce. I highly encourage you to go read his blog. Google and Salesforce.com continue to build on their partnership. In April, they unveiled Salesforce for Google Apps. Now, they’re […]

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Google App Engine and other tidbits

by Lydia Leong  |  April 8, 2009  |  1 Comment

As anticipated, Java support on Google App Engine has been announced. To date, GAE has supported only the Python programming language. In keeping with the “phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space” sandboxing that’s become common to cloud execution environments, GAE/Java has all the restrictions of GAE/Python. However, the already containerized nature of Java applications […]

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Scala, Ruby, cost, and development trends

by Lydia Leong  |  April 6, 2009  |  2 Comments

A recent interview of some Twitter developers, on Twitter’s use of Scala has touched off a fair amount of controversy in the Ruby community, and prompting Todd Hoff of the High Scalability to muse on an interesting statement: At some point, the cost of servers outweighs the cost of programmers. We all know that the […]

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AWS in Eclipse, and Azure announcements

by Lydia Leong  |  March 25, 2009  |  1 Comment

Amazon’s announcement for today, with timing presumably associated with EclipseCon, is an AWS toolkit for the Eclipse IDE. Eclipse, which is an open-source project under the aegis of IBM (who also offers a commercial version), is one of the most popular IDEs (the other is Microsoft Visual Studio). Originally designed for Java applications, it has […]

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A little SourceForge frustration

by Lydia Leong  |  March 17, 2009  |  1 Comment

SourceForge puzzles me. I think it’s the combination of what is obviously eager effort to improve the site, and the fumbling to get the basics right. On the plus side, SourceForge recently made a very welcome addition — adding “hosted apps”, including WordPress and MediaWiki — as an option for all projects, for free. And […]

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Google App Engine updates

by Lydia Leong  |  March 13, 2009  |  Comments Off

For those of you who haven’t been following Google’s updates to App Engine, I want to call your attention to a number of recent announcements. At the six-month point of the beta, I asked when App Engine would be enterprise-ready; now, as we come to almost the year mark, these announcements show the progress and […]

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