There are quite a few visual development tools that have failed in the past.
When I say past, I meant the pre-cloud era. The commercially successful ones
are Visual Basic, PowerBuilder (just googled and found out that PowerBuilder
still exists (and has its own Journal) and Oracle Forms 4.5.
Although, popularity and merits of the language need not co-relate. :-) !
And, there are quite few that have come up in the current cloud paradigm. Few
Examples : Coghead (already in dead pool), VisualForce of
Force.com, WaveMaker, Zoho Creator. My POV is on the approach taken to
solve the problem (of visual development) rather than any of the
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If you take a closer look at most of the visual products one subtle but
startling similarity is:Most of them take a Top-Down approach for developing
the application. In... (more)
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15-20 years ago, enterprise application development, as we know today,
wasn’t all that clear. All I can deduce, in a retrospective analysis –
digging the internet, is that people knew the different puzzle pieces which
are needed, in building an enterprise application. For example,
Need for abstracting business rules for modifying rules separately from
rest of the application lead to the creation of the the BRE category with
companies like iLog (now with IBM), Selectica (my ex-employer which is no
longer in the BRE space – sad!), Talarian... (more)
Or, should this title be If Data is Queen, then, Logic is King - Queen
(data) being the protected - in Object Oriented terms! Jokes apart, in the
last post, I talked about the importance of Data Structure, i.e., data model
and now you can understand why it is logical and important to talk about
You can't imagine any business application without a business logic/rule.
Yet, business rules are the most abused term and the least understood.
Everybody knows the importance of it, but sadly everyone has a cliched
understanding. In this post, I set out to articulate busi... (more)
There are a number of the Cloud Application Platforms out there.
This Gartner's report on PaaS lists some prominent PaaS platforms like
Azure, App Engine, Engine Yard, Force.com, Heroku, OrangeScape and few more.
And, that makes the life of CIO difficult in choosing the right PaaS for his
enterprise. A logical approach would be to look at key enterprise needs &
Unlike a software vendor, an end-user company i.e. an enterprise, is not in
the business of making money through software. Enterprises make money from
their core business, like making cars, selling insurance... (more)
I was on a LinkedIn thread titled ‘How cloud computing is different from
SaaS‘ where Rick Chapman who runs SoftLetter and SaaS University went on
beating on this question ‘What is a private cloud’?
It is definitely worth it given the tremendous amount of confusion in the
term ‘Cloud’ in general and ‘Private Cloud’ in particular. The
motivation for this post is Rick and supported by a tweet I read around the
same time from ‘Carl Brooks‘ who is a technology writer on Cloud at
TechTarget. Let me give it a shot.
First, Cloud is about leveraging economies of scale whether it is public o... (more)