Do we need programming languages?
You may think that the answer is no. But, if you go by the recent trend you
may need to change your mind.
Consider for example the following questions:
Why is Google working two (GO, DART) new programming languages? Why has IBM
(X10), Cray (Chapel) and Red Hat (Ceylon) working on creating a new
programming language of its own?
Why did the attendees of a recent conference in London select 5 (HTML5, DART,
Scala, Clojure, Node.js) new languages as the most important software
development trends for 2012? What does Neil McAllister mean when he says that
these 10 (DART, Ceylon, GO, F#, OPA, Fantom, Zimbu, X10, Haxe, Chapel)
programming languages that could shake up IT? Why did Anders Hejlsberg of
Microsoft, the creator of Turbo Pascal, Delphi and C# launch TypeScript?
Are new programming languages getting created just to satisfy the creativ... (more)
Gartner has released two sets of predictions for 2013 – back to back:
Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013: Technologies and trends that
will be strategic for most organizations in 2013 Top Predictions for IT
Organizations and Users for 2013 and Beyond: Economic risks, opportunities
and innovations that will impel CIOs to move to the next generation of
In short the first set of predictions are about technology and the second set
of predictions are about business implication of technology. As you can
expect, there are overlapping area.
What are the... (more)
I like putting faces to names.
Steve Lohr did the research and wrote an article about the origin of the term
Big Data in The New York Times. I couldn't resist the temptation to put faces
to the names. Right or wrong, all the facts are from his article.
His first step in the research was to contact Fred R. Shapiro
Fred R. Shapiro is a world-recognized authority on quotations and on
reference in general. He edited the award-winning Oxford Dictionary of
American Legal Quotations.
But Mr. Shapiro couldn’t find anything … crisp and definitive. The
term Big Data is so generic that the... (more)
I don’t know about how you feel about the current state of robotics but I
was hugely surprised when I started exploring the state of art.
AI is a field which has never lived up to its promise – real or perceived.
For example if you look at Arthur Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”
(novel & movie) written in 1968 you will realize that it is way … way off
But, just maybe, things might change in next 10 years – and you may
actually own your personal robot!
Let me present some of the interesting stuff that is available today! Let us
Asimo – The Humanoid Robot fr... (more)
To build and maintain applications required to reach out to you customer
through Mobile & Smart phone is expensive.
Why? Because of platform proliferation. Because of quick technology
obsolescence. (See this)
Management perception compounds the problem.
Anybody, not intimately familiar with this technical challenge, perceives
that the effort of developing a mobile application should be proportional to
the size of the screen. In other words, since mobile screen is much smaller
than a PC or a Laptop screen, the effort required for developing application
should also be proportiona... (more)