by Ted Neward
It used to be easy: building an 'enterprise' app meant using EJB, or COM+, or Web Services. It meant building a big, high-throughput, transactionally-oriented client/server system in a server-side-heavy topology. But (they tell us) that's over now. It's all "cloud", and "mobile": small clients accessing large servers living in a data center "someplace else", in a high-throughput manner. Somehow it doesn't feel any different. Neither did mainframes, for that matter. How are we end up here? What's the new "enterprise" developer supposed to do? What about all the new stuff (dynamic and/or functional languages, "NoSQL", and more)? Where does that all fit in? And what does all this have to do with geometry and history, again?
11th–13th January 2012