Archive for April, 2009


Software Development & Deployment with Google App Engine

I have been developing applications for 5 years and worked on wide range of programming languages and platforms. If we exclude my undergraduate studies (like; tiny applications working on embedded devices or cross platform compiled iphone apps … etc.) briefly my experience on software development;

So, far I have dealt with many programming languages, platforms and most of them have painful development/deployment processes except one.  Google App Engine is the only platform that I have never had problems with software deployment.  I doesn’t matter which box you have (mac, win, linux ..etc)  for development, deployed application works as it in your local. You don’t have to worry about changes about model, app engine handles it smoothly. It is amazing. I have never seen such a thing before. Even I had problems with php but not with app engine. That’s why Google like companies must exits, they are the real innovators.


Oracle to Buy Sun For $7.4 Billion

I shocked when I saw this news about Oracle to Buy Sun. Now, I feel more comfortable for switching from Java to Python. Now, I have to switch from MySQL to postgresql. I hope Oracle will pay more attention to open source community to improve Java.


Best South Park Episodes Part 2

I have shared some of my favorite South Park Episodes and now, here is the rest of my list.

  1. Season 6 Episode 7 “Simpsons Already Did It”
  2. Season 8 Episode 8 “AWESOM-O”
  3. Season 10 Episode 8 “Make Love, Not Warcraft”
  4. Season 11 Episode 2 “Cartman Sucks”
  5. Season 12 Episode 9 “Breast Cancer Show Ever”
  6. Season 13 Episode 2 “The Coon”

I think South Park made really good start to Season 13 with “The Coon” which I have blogged about the mysterious hero “Who Is Mysterion?”. I still seek the identity of the Mysterion Kid. If you know something about it, please share it with me. May be we have to stay and wait and see what will happen in the following episodes.


Me, Myself and İstanbul

Instead of sitting in front of my computer, I spent my last Saturday (that is yesterday) at Ortaköy with eating Kumpir and enjoying the spectacular view of İstanbul Bosphorus. To whom don’t know what a Kumpir is; made by potato and mixed with cheese and some stuff including mayonnaise …etc. This is what I ate yesterday:

kumpir

And those who don’t know how the Bosphorus is seen at Ortaköy:

bosphorus

I know it is weird but this year I feel something wrong with this city and me. I never thought that I’d be living somewhere else until this year. I feel like this is the last year with İstanbul and I may not have a chance to return back. That’s why, I don’t want to miss this spring and summer in İstanbul. I’m going to try to enjoy İstanbul as much as I can.


Is Microsoft Still Evil?

Microsoft is known as being an evil company. Isn’t it? During the past few years Microsoft used to be dominant in the market with its products and services like; operation systems, office programs and development tools by following unethical methods. So, something happened and all went wrong for them.

In my opinion, change was technology itself nothing else. Linux, Web, Web 2.0, mobile devices, platform independent tools, Web 3.0 … etc. Microsoft has followed same strategies over the years and succeeded but it didn’t work for this time. Microsoft may be an evil or not but, now, they are not acting like an evil.

There has been significant changes at Microsoft’s product strategy, like; considering other browsers, cross platform products (silverlight), contributing to open source (asp.net MVC) …etc. They are not ignoring now, they are considering options different than Microsoft.

I’m not sure about Microsoft’s being evil or good but I’m sure one thing; they imitate not innovate. That’s why I’m not a Microsoft guy.