The Exploration of Programming Languages – Standards of a Coder

Having been involved in IT for 30 years I have often been left bemused by the standards used by some programmers and sometimes imposed by programming languages. I started on Cobol. There were strict naming standards for file division, working storage and linkage section variables so you knew what you …

30 Years In IT…You’d get Less for Murder!

A few weeks ago marked 30 years since yours truly started out as a graduate IT trainee at Royal Insurance (now RSA) in 1988. Back then, there were no PCs, just dumb terminals; no mobile phones, just landlines; no email, no internet. But the biggest shock of all: other people …

Mini-disks, Sabre-toothed Chickens and Pizza Grease – a Deadly Serious Discussion of Technology and Prediction.

  “All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air…” -Karl Marx (1967. source1) When Marx wrote this, he was talking about the sweeping …

MPP & Cloud – Nothing New Under the Sun

MPP & Cloud – Nothing New Under the Sun The ‘shared nothing‘ or ‘massively parallel processing‘ (MPP) computing architecture is hardly new. The likes of Teradata, Netezza and Pivotal Greenplum have been offering MPP technology going back as far as the 1980’s (well, Teradata has, the others came along in …