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RE: [dist-obj] Developing distributed systems
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Bob Haugen wrote:
> Seems like something else is going on at the same time:
> influx of older technologies in new web clothing, e.g. TPS
> with "stateless" processing, hierarchical databases as XML,
> big centralized server farms, etc. I don't know if this
> means objects failed, or that the web is a different
> technical medium and these other models fit better,
> or just that these other models are more mature
> for the purpose.
What I am seeing it mean -- as a result of various industry forces
including the hyped-out-to-the-max B2B explosion and subsequent bubble
burst, including Napster and their fairly cool distributed
application/litigation gauntlet, and the viral spread of "mobile"
applications -- is that there is a need for new layers above the net as it
stands today to bring about a change in how we build solutions to problems.
The web itself with hundreds of millions of clients and millions upon
millions of servers is a great example of a very ubiquitous application
with a scalable distributed architecture. Akamai came along and said that
it was great, but set out to increase performance by operating a
distributed static content cache at the edge of the net. But we all know
that the world does not begin and end with static HTML, GIFs, and streaming
media. Something more must happen.
I think that somebody needs to come along and say that, heck, everyone
loves caches, but that we need more. We need a distributed directory and a
distributed message bus dropped into the edge of the net, to allow for
discovery, connectivity, and interaction between people, devices, and
abtractions yadda yadda. Moreover, it needs to bring on a new kind of
programming -- "web programming" if you will -- that allows you to program
to components and services available on the net as required. But why
hasn't it happened yet?
It seems like natural forces dictate a hodge podge, snake oil "du jour"
approach to progress, where cool and exciting trends come along in a
piecemeal manner. They ignite the technology industry and financial
marketplaces to help facilitate baby steps in the practical application of
innovative ideas. I believe the time is NOW, and I am putting all of my
energy into building this new layer by providing a backplane for the
practical application of current and future innovations.
Anyone going to JavaOne: seems like lots of topics are focused on this
stuff, and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 630pm at Mars.
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