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Sean Rhody

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To paraphrase, "I come not to praise the Browser, but to bury it." Because the cold hard fact of application development is that the browser needs to die. Immediately. It's already caused more than enough damage. This may seem to be a harsh statement. After all, the browser was responsible for the explosion of the Internet. It serves many useful purposes and people do billions of dollars worth of business through it every year. Seemingly, I should be praising the browser, not calling for its execution. Nevertheless, the browser needs to go, and we all know it. It's the dirty secret of the IT world, one we never like to talk about - as a mechanism for delivering a GUI, the browser stinks. Stinks isn't even a strong enough word. The browser was intended to deliver text across the Internet, and it's good at that. So good that people began to piggyback other things onto... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: Open Wounds – How Free May End Up Being Costly

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... (more)

A Rose By Any Other Name

What's in a name? A rose by any other name will still smell as sweet. Well, perhaps in the world of horticulture, but in the information technology arena, I'm not sure that aphorism applies. I'm sure you all realize that I'm referring to the recent purchase of Rational Software by IBM for approximately $2.2 billion dollars. This acquisition leaves me wondering what Rose will smell like a year from now. Rational as a company helped define an interesting movement and market - that of development by model. Its founders defined various modeling methodologies into UML and codified it... (more)

How to Sell an SOA

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time speaking to people about service oriented architecture (and it’s variants for infrastructure and enterprise) and about how best to create a true implementation (or at least, an effective one).  There is a great deal of detail in creating such an artifact – design yes, but also implementation, operational details, governance and a myriad of other tasks that can easily take up a chief architect’s entire day.  These tasks are all vital to the actual creation of the architecture, but for all that they may seem the fundamental first steps in e... (more)

Two Years Later

(September 11, 2003) - Today marks the second anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center, and the attack on the Pentagon and the heroics over that field in Pennsylvania. Last year I wrote a column about what it was like that day, two years ago, to watch in horror as friends and relatives were killed or injured in that despicable act of terrorism. I was asked if we should rerun my column from last year in memorial to that day. Instead, I wanted to say this: SYS-CON Media is not a political publisher. The issues that SYS-CON covers rarely have anything to do with fore... (more)