Wednesday, March 11, 2009

@Hotsos 2009: Starting this blog

So here I am at Hotsos Symposium 2009. I've presented my vision on how to build "Window-on-Data" applications, yet again. I think it must have been the tenth time or so, ever since 2002, when I first presented the basics of this approach at Oracle Openworld. And of course again I was preaching in front of the choir. It has since evolved into a full 2-hour presentation, or rather a Part 1 and Part 2 presentation each taking one hour. Part 1 puts the way we (the IT-industry) have been building database applications the past 20+ years in perspective, and draws a couple of conclusions from that. Part 2 then shows how to ideally build these type of applications. On this weblog I intend to publish the approach and also hope to regularly post new insights and/or ideas around the approach.

Stay tuned as more content should follow shortly.


  1. Hi Toon,

    Great to see you started blogging. It's high time a crusade is started against today's crazy complexity explosion. And I know nobody better to deliver that message than you. So good luck!


  2. Toon, would you mind sharing some more details on the "History: 1st Observation" slide ?

    Are the figures in the slide based on your own experience, or based on figures (available to the public) ?
    I suppose they are based on your own experience, nonetheless would be good to know if research has been done in this area. Objective numbers would satify both the "believers" and "non-believers".

    Either way a very interesting 1st observation, which from my personal experience, I can relate to.


  3. Filip, these are from my own experience and observations during IT projects in the new millenium. We used to construct the UI with proprietary tools (SQLForms, Powerbuilder, various CASE tooling, etc.). But when Java entered the scene, and became sort of the 'de facto' software layer in-front-of/on-top-of the DBMS, the figures of my first observation slide, materialized. So no research, just plain subjective (but shared by many others) observations.



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