Short Takes: July 15, 2009
By SD Times Editorial Board
July 15, 2009 —
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Related Search Term(s): cloud computing, security
Figuring out compliance
I spent a lot of time writing about compliance in this issue. Compliance is an important part of the requirements phase for software development, and cloud computing is going to change how companies deal with it.
In my research, I learned that some regulations were better (or worse) than others. Strict regulation in the U.K. and France makes it much more difficult to use cloud computing for line-of-business applications. In the U.S., some government regulations like HIPAA establish a liability framework, but the Payment Card Industry (PCI) standard doesn't. PCI is more flexible than HIPAA, but there is a certain lack of accountability.
However, my friend Jeremiah Grossman, WhiteHat Security founder and CTO, has said that PCI is superficial, and the people that are supposed to be watched are the watchdogs. There's too much disparity. More work should be done to standardize and coordinate regulations across borders, because today's systems cut across continents. — David Worthington
Will Mykonos spread its wings?
AJAX company Mykonos seems to enjoy symbolism.
Company execs chose to name the startup after the Greek island, because it represented a sunny, paradise-like alternative to snow-riddled Rochester, N.Y., where the company has its headquarters. In addition to that, Mykonos chose an image of a butterfly as the company logo, with the concept of the butterfly effect in mind.
Mykonos believes that one developer can flap his or her wings and benefit someone working at the other end of the world. "That really was what our goal was in Mykonos, to allow individual developers to have a bigger impact, much like the idea that the flapping of a butterfly's wings in one part of the world can cause a hurricane in another," said CEO David Koretz.
We'll see if Mykonos has a big impact on AJAX development, or if it remains a caterpillar in the technology tree. — Jeff Feinman
Keep an eye on Parrot
The Parrot project is, perhaps, best known as the basis of the Perl 6 runtime, Rakudo. But after talking with the developers on Parrot, I'm convinced that they're working on one of the coolest projects in dynamic languages out there.