Discussions on all things technical and software: Programming and software development, programming languages, digital transformation, application modernization, information systems, enterprise architecture, artificial intelligence, IT industry sentiments, best practices and generally what makes this industry tick and why.
February 24, 2017

Cloudflare is used by millions of websites on the Internet to add security and scalability to existing web properties. Now a bug in Cloudflare itself effected the opposite, and caused data to leak from possibly any or all Cloudflare customers through no other fault of their own.

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February 19, 2017

The Finnish tax administration has recently started the rollout of their massive IT system modernization project, and despite spending more than 100 million Euros on the implementation, the results have now been characterized as "a complete failure". What happened?

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February 19, 2017

Suomen Verohallinto on aloittanut asteittaisen käyttöönoton valtavalle tietojärjestelmiensä uusimishankkeelle, ja vaikka toteutukseen on käytetty yli 100 miljoonaa Euroa, tuloksia on nyt luonnehdittu termillä "täysi susi". Mitä tapahtui?

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February 1, 2017

On February 1, 2017, it was reported that a sleepy system administrator accidentally deleted the production database of a majorly popular source code hosting site GitLab.com, which hosts the source code, version control and associated metadata of a lot of companies and organizations. Restoring the database from backups likewise failed, as apparently it just so happened that five different methods of backups had all failed for different reasons. What does this teach us?

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January 22, 2017

I hereby introduce to you Sling, a general-purpose object oriented programming language that is meant to be used for all kinds of software development purposes, targeting multiple platforms and different execution environments. Sling by design encourages productivity, maintainability and well formatted, well structured source code.

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July 17, 2016

I am happy to note and announce that GitHub now fully supports the EQ programming language in GitHub code repositories. EQ source code is correctly classified as EQ, and the files are nicely syntax highlighted when browsing them through the browser. Support for EQ was added in the Linguist project and whoever would use Linguist will also be fully EQ aware. Thanks to the nice folks (Paul Chaignon) from the Linguist project.

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March 14, 2016

80 million dollars was robbed from a bank in Bangladesh through purely electronic means. In the aftermath, it has been said that the Philippines must also take "cyber threats" seriously. I couldn't agree more. But do we really understand the level of that seriousness? Do we actually understand how severe the state of the Philippine ICT infrastructure really is? It just might be worse than you thought.

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January 27, 2016

Entering a new year very often brings with it the need or desire to evaluate, improve or change things in life, work, and otherwise. This change of year has certainly been no exception, and to commemorate all of the things that have been unraveling during the past month, I have also taken the liberty of upgrading my personal web presence here in terms of the technology platform, layout and design, and most notably, with a new tagline: "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another". Here's why:

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January 23, 2015

We have spent the past few weeks, and the latter part of last year, teaching programming to non-programmers. This is really something that has been great fun for all of us (teachers and learners alike). Imagine teaching someone who knows nothing about programming, you're given five days, and they're expected to have made notable progress in the end. How would you do it?

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October 10, 2014

Recently I have found myself having an incredible amount of things to do. This might have also been somehow noticeable in my blog here. But despite having my head torn around in different directions, there is one consistent thing that I've been wondering that keeps me going when I move from place to place, from meeting to meeting, from convention to convention: How is it that the software development industry is so very deeply committed to the concept of virtual machines, interpretation and/or JIT, and automated memory management through garbage collection?

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