Let it flow

A nice Sunday morning read:


But it amazes me that, as an industry, we’re still dealing with these kinds of problems (synchronizing data between different layers) after all these years.

I remember first coming across this issue back in 2003/2004 when developing a Windows Forms + ADO.NET front-end connecting do a SQL Server Back-end.

Sure, the technology stack is completely different and Flickr’s scale is way way bigger, but the problems are fundamentally the same.

One would have guessed that after all these years, we would have learned a couple of lessons from the database replication/synchronization field, applied them to the problem at hand and stopped reinventing the wheel.

Maybe we could all learn something from fluid dynamics.

Data should flow between the different layers the same way a shot of vodka flows when poured into a glass of cashew juice. Hic!

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Alfred Myers

I have been interested in computers since I got my hands on a magazine about digital electronics back in 1983 and programming them has been paying the bills since 1991. Having focused on Microsoft-centric technology stacks for the best part of two decades, in recent years I’ve been educating myself on open source technologies such as Linux, networking and the open web platform.