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Do you really need to play golf to make enterprise software sales? We explore that and other topics like FoundationDB shutting off it’s GitHub taps, GigaOm suddently shutting down, and tipcs on how to become a software company.
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Whoops, where’d my open source DB go? – Apple bugs FoundationDB and ends it.
How’s about that MySQL vs. MariaDB
GigaOM Shuts Down – how did that happen? On the other hand, Alex Williams is killing it.
Holy crap this list is terrible, we should talk about Marketing trying to game stupid polls (Matt) – Micro Focus Visual COBOL
Matt said Coté’s article on becoming a software company is full of good stuff, so Coté goes over some of the highlights.
Becoming a software company – is that legit? Financial Times piece. One of our listers followed up with some info on Under Armour’s efforts: 130m users so far and more. Also, Wendy’s with cameras on the lettuce.
BONUS LINKS! Not covered in show
We collect up links to talk about during the week but rarely get to all of them. Here’s the ones we neglected.
Good piece on Helion OpenStack Rack by Paul Miller
VMware adds CoreOS Support“CoreOS is Now Supported on VMware vSphere 5.5 and VCloud Air. Users of these platforms can now chose CoreOS as their operating system de jour.” – The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend – “Does this fundamentally change anything? In real production terms, decidedly not.”
Google’s Shuttering Google Code – advertising company continues to troll developers (as someone on Twitter)
- Brandon: Detours – Alcatraz headphones tour, and Coté adds the weird Alcatraz echibit in the Santa Clara Hyatt lobby last year.
- Matt: DisneyWorld, US edition.
- Coté: The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett . (Also, Legoland in San Diego is pretty good.)
Finishing projects is hard, starting them is easy. That said, the moment of starting a project is critical, and assembling the team is incredibly impotent. We discuss that staff boot-strapping and the types of people who are good and not good for starting projects. We also discuss microservices and how this emerging style of architecture can help the product and business side out.
- Projects don’t start often, most of them are “old” ones
- Bill’s “special projects” LinkedIn status.
- Keeping a list of people you’d want on your team
- Recruiting the people – the painful part is the extraction process, moving them from their existing work to the new work
- Finishing stuff is hard, starting is easy
- While the project may come and go, the people have probably worked together several times before
- Check out the Apple take, according to “Mr Ive.”
- We try to summarize the thinking behind microservices. Other than pointing to existing things – the web – we think of it as “SOA that works this time.”
- Based on this great write-up from James Lewis and Martin Fowler.
- Coté’s mindmap on the topic.
- They seemed to loose track of “speed” in SOA, where-as microservices is very focused on shipping, not perfectly modeling
- We discuss the “business benefit” of mashups, composite applications, and thus, microservices architecting: enabling experimenting on the side, like all the Evernote apps… pace layering at the architectural layer means you can pace layer at the product management level.