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Sean Rhody

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Like many people in the industry, I'm torn over open source software. I'm not opposed to developers creating software and deciding they do it for the love of programming, and have no need for payment - if they want to give their work away, I see no reason why they shouldn't be able to do so, although I think the people who want all software to be free should first get uniform agreement from everyone in the industry to work for nothing before they get on that soapbox. Even though I run a magazine in my spare time, I make my living designing software, and I personally don't want to do it for free. I'm not opposed to people who want to develop for fun, or for the pure joy of programming. Lots of students in college do this, and many hardcore programmers who don't get enough code during the day seem to grind it out after hours as well. Eventually though, the economics ca... (more)

Why Linux?

Linux is one of the operating systems I run in my basement in what my wife likes to call the computer lab from hell. That may be because the heat from all the obsolete equipment I collect is reducing my fuel bill and keeping the place toasty and warm. Linux is one of three UNIX variant operating systems I run down there (four if you count Solaris for Intel as a separate beast), and it's probably the one I tinker with the most. Every time I upgrade a machine at home I can't resist the temptation to throw Linux on it to see if it will run a little better, a little faster. I've trie... (more)

To BEA or Not to BEA

Yech. I hate that title as much as you do, but it stuck in my brain and I can't get it out. Things are going on in the industry, and I think this is an appropriate time to cover them. We were at the Java Business Conference in December, covering what appeared to be more of a nonevent than a true exposition. Probably the biggest disappointment was Sun's backing out of the standards process for Java. Alan Williamson's column goes into detail on that, expressing the feelings of many in the industry that were upset by this move. While the little guys were understandably upset, it's t... (more)

The End of the Beginning

I guess the title begs the question, if this is the end of the beginning, is it the beginning of the end? Hardly. But it is time to close the book on the first phase of Web services - the beginning of the hype curve. Almost a year ago we decided that Web services would receive enough attention that we should consider devoting an entire magazine to the topic. We started with two teaser issues, one of which came out this time last year, and the response was dramatic enough that it justified our existence. In fact, WSJ is one of the fastest-growing titles in the history of SYS-CON Me... (more)

eBay, Web Services, and the "Last Mile"

I was recently invited to be a guest speaker at the eBay Developers Conference, where I was part of a panel whose topic was "Delivering the Promise of Web Services." I found it particularly interesting, if slightly worrisome. What struck me most was the differentiation between Web services consumers and Web services authors. The audience at this presentation asked a large number of questions that helped me understand that consumers and producers are not the same groups of people. eBay developers are particularly interested in consuming Web services (such as the eBay and PayPal A... (more)