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Episode 33 – Java is a Dead End from Stockholm’s Jfokus Conference

February 16th, 2011

Mike Gualtieri, an Analyst, wrote an article for Forrester (i.e. the people your boss listens to instead of you) about how Java has outlived it's usefulness as a business language. Troll much? :) It's no surprise it caught fire becoming Forrester's widest read and commented article. Mike recently did a followup presentation justifying his claims.

Before you go ditching all your investments in Java, have a listen to the cast. We gathered a panel of on-the-ground industry experts from the Jfokus 2011 conference in Stockholm Sweden (i.e. guys who work for a living) which include:

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Episode 32 – Benefit of Dynamic Typing, PS3 Jailbreak, Verizon iPhone

February 11th, 2011

I caught a thread on the Scala-User mailing list recently where a person asked what the "Benefit of dynamic typing" was. Might be a bit of a one sided debate on a Scala list considering Scala is statically typed and you'd think its users would prefer the same. Turns out the Scala community comes from a fairly broad background, and there were some pretty good arguments put forth in favour of Dynamic Typing. What to know before debating type systems was a great link which popped up in the thread, highly recommend reading it.

In this episode we are simply kicking the tires around the topic of Dynamic vs. Static typing, in a future cast we'll try and give a go at debating the subject with people on both sides of the fence.

In other news George Hotz, who you may know if you've ever run blackra1n on your iPhone, felt the full force of Sony when he announced he discovered the key which allows you to sign your own software and run it on a Sony PS3. Because, you know, the PS3 your shelled out hundreds of dollars for obviously doesn't really belong to you, so you can't do with it as you please :S

And finally we talk about the Verizon iPhone and the possibility of a dual-mode (GSM/CDMA) iPhone 5 based on some discoveries made by iFixit.

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Episode 31 – Jenkins, Amazon Elastic Beanstalk and UBB

February 4th, 2011

If you remember back in Episode 27 we discussed the then unfolding news that Oracle had trademarked the name "Hudson". Well, now the Hudson folks have up and left, renaming a fork of the Continuous Integration Software to "Jenkins". Jason already alluded to the fact that there is already a famous Jenkins meme back in Episode 30 :) If Jenkins fails, well, at least we have chicken.

Also on our radar is Amazon's new offering called "Elastic Beanstalk". In a nutshell it solves the problem of "I have a WAR file, it contains "the next Twitter" app, but I have no place to deploy or scale it if it becomes popular".

And finally up in Canuckistan we're dealing with the problem of ISPs wanting to impose Usage Based Billing on bandwidth. stopthemeter.ca has been setup to petition the government to disallow legislation which will allow ISPs this money grab. It's been very successful. Now OpenMedia, the folks who are running the campaign against UBB are asking for donations to spread awareness.

Disruptive technologies such as Skype, Netflix, Boxee and Bittorent have set the Cable TV and Telecom systems scrambling. People are leaving their Cable box and telephones to the Internet when they can pay one fee to have it all. That doesn't sit right with the Big guys and they need to setup a system such that once everything goes Internet, they'll be making as much if not more than when you had to buy each service separately.

Although you may think "I'm not from Canada, why do I care?" Well, once the Cable/Telecom providers in your country see the nice juicy profits being made up in Canada, how long before they bite?

Oh and By The Way (tm) we left a little Easter Egg in the cast... can you find it? ;-)

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