Book review: Understanding PaaS By Mike McGrath

Disclosure: I was given an early free access to ebook for a review. I have read and understood the book and my review here presents my honest personal opinion

“Understanding PaaS” is a very short book on cloud computing specifically focusing on PaaS at a high level, the whole book is around 50 pages so you might finish the reading in one sitting. The book starts with explaining IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) which lays foundation for coming chapters.… Read the post

Simplest cloud guide

One of simplest eBook on understanding basic cloud concepts I found is “Demystifying the cloud“. The eBook explains origins, and basic concepts of cloud computing. Some basic terms such as IAAS, PAAS and SAAS are explained very well. The book goes on to introduce some providers such as “Amazon Web Services”, “Google App Engine” and “Windowz Azure”.

The best part: book is very short, barely 55 pages! Makes for a quick read with enlightenment on basic concepts :)  Thanks to Janakiram for letting me keep a copy of his book on my blog : Demystifying The Cloud Enjoy reading!… Read the post

Starting on CloudSpring

My first article on CloudSpring is live at :

http://www.sitepoint.com/google-app-engine-for-small-business/

I have been following SitePoint newsletters for quite a while now. I find the small and quick articles very interesting! Recently I noticed they have many sister sites catering to different technologies, and CloudSpring was a perfect fit for me!… Read the post

Chrome finally

I have been reluctant to move to Chrome from my good old Mozilla Firefox for quite some time. There were many reasons like:

  • I use bookmarks Sync (Using Xmarks) and that’s works best in firefox
  • I have all add ons, which serve as utility and work related stuff for me, will I find replacement for all of them in Chrome?
  • And biggest one: the pain of migration :)
But today finally I moved to Chrome.… Read the post

Cloud foundry: Is cloud here?

Roughly 2 years ago I attended Google devfest in Pune and started to see and experiment with Google App Engine (GAE). The platforms were few then and the area comparatively nascent.

Last month when VMWare launched CloudFoundry, the market and maturity of the cloud computing is much higher. Google too launched the newer version of GAE in Google IO this year. We have many business applications hosted in Amazon EC2, Joyent and many such services!… Read the post

Learning action script 3.0 by Rich Shupe with Zevan Rosser

Disclosure: I was given an early free access to ebook for a review

“Learning action script 3.0” book by “Rich Shupe” with “Zevan Rosser” focuses on action script 3.0 mainly in relation to “Flash professional application” referred to as IDE. The language is also used in AIR and Flex platform but the book does not focus on these platforms.

The book starts with architecture and features understanding in 3.0 version of Action Script.… Read the post

Role of Architect

Attended a small event organized by ThoughtWorks in Pune, more on that here. This article primarily focuses on the session on “Role of architect” by Vivek Singh. The brief on session follows…

Role of architect

  • Being a technical coach

If we use analogy of football game, the role of an architect in a software project is that of a coach in football. Architect is to know and guide his team about all latest techniques and work methodology, correcting them where needed.… Read the post

Software Design & Architecture in the 21st Century with Martin Fowler

Attended a small event organized by ThoughtWorks at O hotel in Pune, which works in areas of software development using Agile, lean, Extreme programming techniques. The organization was founded and is headed by Roy Singham and has Martin Fowler as Chief Scientist among leaders of the organization. The organization aims at “revolutionizing” IT.

There were two lectures primarily one by Vivek Singh on introduction to the company and on “Role Of Architect” (Link to seperate article with more details) and Martin Fowler focusing his lecture on Continuous integration and delivery.… Read the post

Myths of innovation by Scott Berkun

Disclosure: I was given an early free access to ebook for a review

Scott, starts the book with myths of innovation, which are pretty commonplace in business and popular culture. He explains in detail and with examples of Newton, Edison and likes and explains the time and hard work they had spent in innovating things they did. At times the book seems to take cynical view of things, but if you read along patiently, you will see realistic and objective view of things.… Read the post