I am glad to learn that IO Road has been published on FeedMyApp. Lately, I’ve been doing some PR for ioroad.com and it is good to get a tiny bit of recognition from an independent organization. I believe I am very good at developing software, but launching a product like IO Road requires more than “begin good with software development”. So if you need a lesson of humility, you may consider launching a new product 🙂 . I am learning a lot in this process, which is good because it was one of the intended goals (and I was prepared to that)
The biggest challenge for me is to choose where to put the resources (time and money, but mostly time). I am trying to apply some principles of the Lean Startup and I realize the more I apply them, the more I understand them. Which mean I did not fully grasp them in the first place. Like the ‘MVP‘ thing, I realize I could have been much further with the ‘M’ part :).
Also, sometimes it is tempting to fall to the dark side of SEO, but I don’t believe I can actually beat Google’s algorithm, lol. If I had to develop a search engine, after a few days of thinking, I believe I could come up with pretty clever ways of using machine learning (mostly clustering) to detect “unusual linking patterns”. So I don’t even want to imagine what top engineers at Google came up with after years and years of improvements to their algorithm. This keeps me on the safe side, or at least, that is what I believe. For that matter, I am wondering how Google actually sees this post. At least, it is an honest attempt to share few thoughts on my experience.
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Alright, enough bragging, back to work now!
After IBM, now is the turn to Oracle. Oracle buys Sun and pays $7.4 billion for that acquisition ($9.50 per share), $5.6 billion if we take into account Sun's cash. Is that a good thing or a bad thing for the Java community? Probably a good thing as it will allow Sun's project to benefit from Oracle's technologies. But only future will tell.
With Java, GlassFish, MySQL, OpenOffice, Solaris and its cloud computing services, that certainly widens Oracle's possibilities. Hopefully Oracle will continue supporting adequately those famous open source projects. I am not concerned about Java, but maybe more about MySQL. While MySQL could certainly benefit from Oracle's expertise in database field, Oracle could also put MySQL behind in order to promote its more profitable flagship product: Oracle's RDBMS. The same is true for GlassFish and WebLogic. In any case, it is a very quick way for Oracle to have an open source offering for their products.
If we only consider Java, I have to admit that I rather see Oracle acquiring Sun than IBM doing it. The reason is simple, IBM already offers a Java runtime and they are competitors in that field. An acquisition by IBM would reduce the competition in that areas, which is always a bad thing for customers. In my opinion, Sun's JVM largely beats IBM's one, but it would still be a bad thing to see one of them die to the benefit of the other.