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The record of Facebook so far is impressive … in fact it is unprecedented. Facebook with $40 billion valuation & 500 million users – Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire & Time “person of the year” … the list goes on. So, where does Facebook go from here? Are we looking at the tip of the iceberg or are we standing at the top of Mt Everest? Here is a 2007 May Fast Company article – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: Hacker. Dropout. CEO. It makes interesting reading. The article goes on to says “…TechCrunch posted documents said to be a part of an internal valuation of Facebook by Yahoo. The documents projected that Facebook would generate $969 million in revenue, with 48 million users, by 2010…”. They have been wrong by an order of magnitude on the number of users!!! Going forward, here are five possible scenarios for Facebook. Next big thing happens: A new and ... (more)

Cross-Platform Hybrid Mobile Application Development

Hybrid tools try to resolve the debate of … “Should you write a mobile web application which will render on multiple platforms without significant change but won’t be able to take advantage on native features?” Or “Should you create platform specific native application to fully utilize the power of the device but increase your effort?” The basic premise of hybrid approach is that you can have your cake and eat it to. In this approach you use the browser control and create a shell application which is then used to render HTML pages. Since most of the popular phone browsers are ... (more)

TOGAF Foundation Level Certification – Another Practice Test

As I had mentioned earlier, there is a paucity of free sample questions for the TOGAF 9 foundation or the part 1 test. I had created one set earlier and there are two other set available for free: TOGAF Foundation Level Certification – Aid for preparation TOGAF 9 Certification Multiple Choice Questions iQuiz – Quick Quiz System TOGAF 9 Foundation Exam If you are interested in Part 2 then this may help you: TOGAF – Preparation Aid for Part 2 [Update: TOGAF 9.1 Released – What Does It Mean To You?] Here is another set of 40 questions. Basic Concepts (3 questions) 1. What accordin... (more)

A Brief History of the Agile Movement

In February this year the agile movement completed 11 years of existence. I am sure you are either using some form of agile methodology or examining the possibility of using them. But, are you aware of how the agile movement happened? Did it happen by chance or was it inevitable? Do you know what influenced the agile manifesto? Who the authors are? What are their backgrounds and what do they do now? How was the name “Agile” selected? The Influencers It is clear from the notes published by Jon Kern that four methodologies had significant influence on the manifesto – they are: Scru... (more)

Is Facebook Clueless About How to Justify Its IPO Price?

Why did Instagram modify its Terms of Use policy? The new policy says: …to help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you…” There is no surprise that there was a furor on the web – everybody protested. Such reaction is expected. What is surprising is the response from Instagram: “…the language we proposed also ... (more)