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Dave Orme muses about agile and functional programming.

My current work emphasizes SOA applications using Scala, Kubernetes, and AWS with a React-based SPA front-end. I'm also interested in progressive web applications and developer tools.


Scala, Clojure, and FP


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Data-First Development

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Kubernetes, Docker, Streaming Data, Spark, Scala, Clojure, OSGi, Karaf, GCP, AWS, SQL


Everything I say here is my own opinion and not necessarily that of my employer.


The Client-side Seismic Shift

Since approximately 2003, I have spent most of my time developing high-performance client-side applications using Eclipse rich client platform (RCP) as my toolkit.

Although Eclipse RCP is no longer “trendy”, it is still the best tool for most business applications that require a performant, “native” look and feel–particularly for those that must run across platforms.

However, that is changing.

In 2003, the client-side market was mainly Windows and MacOS. Today, the client-side market also includes iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. Additionally, with the rise of single-page web applications like GMail and Google Docs, the web browser has evolved to become a capable platform for performant rich graphical applications. To add weight to this trend, as-of late 2012, Samsung's Chromebook was the fastest selling computer on Amazon.

In the past, if you wanted to “write once, run anywhere,” you had to use Java. Today, with the rise of the mobile and tablet platforms, Java no longer delivers this capability, yet with the increasing proliferation of platforms, it is needed more than ever.

However, Javascript *does* deliver this capability, both in the client (in the browser), and more recently using Node.js and V8, on the server side as well.

The transition from Java to Javascript as the enterprise language of choice will not happen quickly, but given the market forces noted above, it does appear to be inevitable.

Having noted this, projects like Eclipse's Orion and Ember.js appear to be more timely than ever.

This page will index and chronicle this shift as it happens.

Scala UI DSL work

DSLs and Databinding

Eclipse IDE and Eclipse RCP

client/home.txt · Last modified: 2014/10/25 13:22 by djo