David I - Head is in the cloud, feet planted firmly in the ground

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Back in December I had fun conversation with John K. Waters (Application Development Trends editor-at-large).  The discussion focused on development issues facing software engineers who are moving their applications to cloud computing architectures.  Originally I thought that John was going to write an overview article quoting several industry friends.  He ended up writing a wonderful (if I say so myself) piece, "David I. Has His Head in the Cloud...".

I am definitely spending a lot of time, these days, thinking about development aspects of cloud computing.  Last year, in my Computerworld developer blog, I wrote a three-part blog focused on NoSQL databases, many of which had their start in the cloud (part 1, part 2, part 3).

While part of my development head is in the cloud, my feet are firmly planted in the terra firma of IDEs, compilers, component frameworks, cross platform, multi-tier, mobile, application platforms and just about everything else developer focused.

If you want to try my Delphi XE native code DataSnap REST server running an Amazon EC2 Windows micro-instance (4 cents an hour), use your browser and go to  The Delphi XE DataSnap REST sever generates the browser client.  In the browser, HTML and JavaScript code does call backs (when you click the up and down arrows) to the server to get JSON packets containing the list of fishes, fish images and fish notes text blobs from an in-memory dataset.

Thanks, John, for an enjoyable conversation and your nice artice.

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David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran-often referred to as a developer icon-who extols and educates the world on Embarcadero developer tools. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero's strategic product plans. David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.


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    John Runyan Tuesday, 25 January 2011

    I thought the Fish Facts demo was great! We have been using Delphi since the late 90's and I love it.

    I am trying to convince my peers that Delphi is still a great development environment. I would like to demonstrate DataSnap, REST etc.

    I have seen some of the simple demos, but would like to look at the Fish Facts demo. Is the source code available for download?

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    Alexandre Machado Wednesday, 26 January 2011

    Offline right now. Still, that's the problem with "I don't know where it is" kind of applications...

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    David Intersimone Thursday, 27 January 2011

    Alexandre said "Offline right now" - Fish Facts is definitely running on Amazon EC2. I just tried the link again. 4 cents per hour :)

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    David Intersimone Thursday, 27 January 2011

    John - I will zip up the example code and put it somewhere and add a link as a comment here. Thanks for the suggestion. Let me know how else I can help you convince your peers. Delphi XE has a lot and over the next 2-5 years we will be adding even more. 64-bit, Macintosh, Mobile and more.

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    tinko Monday, 31 January 2011

    Rad PHP and Joomla(1.5, 1.6) Developing Application

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