Caught the Nov 17 DotNetRocks show today with Mark Pollack, Ted Neward, and Don Box. Funny the things you take away from a show. There were many insightful observations made on Java, messaging, the future role of the developer, etcetera, etcetera, but the most practical issue I walked away with (no pun intended) was to make loading my data objects more efficient by using constructors. Say I have a “person“ object and want “first_name“ and “last_name“ fields only, rather than loading the entire 53 fields, I’ll use a constructor for that sole purpose. Another thing I took from the show is that the term “Hog Nuts Wild [over some technology]“ is a phrase that demands more attention in the national lexicon. Yes, it was Ted who said it.
Another iPod show I listened to but doesn’t merit its own post was ITConversations’ Gillmor Gang of November 25th. “Cache is King,“ was a great line one of them used. Also, podcasting’s role in providing multiple delivery of content streams was good food for thought. But too much Sun, IBM, CA talk fatigued me quickly. Like I give a rip how Sun is approaching Solaris licensing. Then one guy says “Web services are just fine…I mean, for most business applications, web services are just fine.“ Uhh, no they’re not, which is when I decided to move on to a presentation I could relate to.
…But before I found one, I checked out Rasmus Lerdorf’s interview on ITC from 11/19/2003. I didn’t know he was a Senior Technical Yahoo. Cool. Rasmus was an early hero of mine when I was doing PHP3 and mySQL on Linux back in 1995-96. It was interesting how Rasmus started PHP as a way to AVOID writing code, adding C libraries to NCSA server, then Apache to eliminate coding in writing for the web. The discussion closed with how PHP5 is supposed to be more OOPish than previous versions. I don’t even know if its been released yet. After working with a complete front-end, back-end, and middleware environment like .NET, I could have no interest in anything like PHP again. But Rasmus is part of web history and his contribution cannot ever be diminished. Thanks, Rasmus!