A cloudy blue-sky Brainstorm

Michiel de Jong (11.Oct.2011 at 09:00)
Keynote at International PHP Conference / WebTech Con 2011 (English - UK)

Rating: 3 of 5

There are at least six different meanings of "cloud". All of them have to do with servers and elasticity of resources, but the impact of each one on the architecture and revenue model of your application can be very different. We'll visit each of them, and see which of them are really very different from when computing was about mainframes and terminals. Roughly speaking, PHP was born in the PC era, got big during the e-commerce boom, survived web2.0, and is now getting ready for post-PC. During the next two years, the web is facing a fierce battle against native apps. It's sometimes hard to keep up with all these differences and constant changes in the landscape. That's why it's often easier to call it all just 'cloud'. But cloudy wordings lead to cloudy judgement, so in this overview we'll apply a bit of structure to the different sections of the skyline again. Besides all the many benefits of different kinds of cloudiness, we'll dwell on some of the very dangerous side-effects of what Richard Stallman calls "careless computing". We'll discuss why "open source cloud" is a contradiction, and how the 'decentralized web' movement is working on achieving freedom in the cloud, in much the same way as linux has given us freedom on the desktop and freedom on the server. We'll end with a demo of how to shift the pivot-point of your cloud-based applications from the server to the service end-points, which is something we will all have to do if the open web is to stand a chance against Apple's iCloud.

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Rating: 4 of 5

11.Oct.2011 at 09:51 by Thomas Steglich (10 comments)

a little bit confusing (slides), but so true

Rating: 4 of 5

11.Oct.2011 at 09:57 by Marco Pivetta (31 comments)

Well done!
You just got a bit out of time, but you got it the right way :)

Rating: 4 of 5

11.Oct.2011 at 13:21 by Daniel Londero (74 comments)

I think the key, for we as web developers, is "shifting from the server to the service end-points". Had to think more and more on it.

About the slides I'm sure you can do something better :)

Rating: 1 of 5

11.Oct.2011 at 16:31 by Jörg Basedow (49 comments)

The speaker totaly lost my attention during the keynote.

The demo part was the most interesting part of the talk. I could not put it into context with the rest though.

I'd vote against marketing driven talks on the IPC.

Rating: 2 of 5

12.Oct.2011 at 12:16 by Anonymous

I had problems with understanding the speaker and following the whole talk. Maybe the content of the talk did not catch my attention as well. The confusing slides made it really difficult to follow and catch a structure for this talk.

Rating: 1 of 5

12.Oct.2011 at 14:28 by André Buck (22 comments)

Speaker was hardly to understand and (also) totally lost me after 10 minutes. Sorry.

(I must admit, cloud is not my topic - for that reason, I can not say whether it has been good or not)

Rating: 1 of 5

13.Oct.2011 at 18:32 by Nadine Meyer (14 comments)

There was nothing but cloudiness in this talk, no structure, I was unable to follow.

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