Wednesday, November 19, 2008

artistsbay.org - invest in it

Hello everybody, It's been a while since I've posted something on my blog, but this time I have good reasons (I haven't been just lazy) and I am going to talk about them in the following posts.
In this post I just want to write a bit about the status of our side project artistsbay on which my good friend Radu Tanasa is working. It seems development is a bit slow for us since there is a lack of funds to sustain it, so if there is anyone interested in investing in this idea, we would appreciate it if you contact us for further information about the project. You can find our contact information in our blogger profiles.
We are looking forward to responses for this idea.

Monday, February 25, 2008

artistsbay.org first steps

As the great Chinese thinker and philosopher K'ung-fu-tzu (widely known as Confucius) once said that "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step", we have made our first step in the journey of creating a place where artists and art lovers can meet, exchange ideas and simply enjoy art.
This place will be called Artistsbay and if you are interested in the end product, you are invited to enter your email on the artistsbay.org site and you will certainly be informed as soon as the first version will be made available online so you can be one of the first to give us feedback on the project and also benefit from the services it will offer. Also feel free to pass it on to your friends which are either artists or art lovers :).
The project is an idea that me and my friend Radu Tanasa have been thinking about for a while now and we have finally decided to turn it into reality. We have started by gathering information, thinking about what we should put in there and also letting people know that we intend to make this a landmark on the maps of all plastic artists and art lovers out on the web.
Beside the marketing application that is now live at artistsbay.org, we have also started the development for the project and we hope that we'll be able to soon put up a beta version that can be tested and further improved once it is live with a real user base.
If you would like to keep an eye out on how things will go with this project, you can stay tuned as I will add updates on my blog from time to time.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Ultimate Programming Language

Last week I had an interesting discussion with one of my friends and colleagues about the the ongoing programming language hypes and He said he believed that about 80% of the programmers community is still waiting for "The Ultimate Programming Language", a language good for programming everything they may think of. I couldn't help but agree with his statement and it inspired me to write a new post about what I think this "Ultimate Programming Language" should be.

Since the beginning of the programming language history people have been searching for the perfect language and yet we have no language that is perfect, nor do I think we'll have one (at least not in the near future). However, I do believe we are pretty close to having some platforms that would fit in the majority of cases, the description of an "Ultimate Platform".

You will probably wonder on what am I basing my claims, so I am going to explain a bit what I mean. Lately there have been a lot of hypes around some new or (until recently) unknown programming languages that led to a lot of contradictory discussions between their communities which all claimed their language of choice was better than whatever other language they didn't like. Until some time ago, I also thought that Java was the best there is and I didn't want to hear of any other language. Fortunately my experience finally got to me bringing me the wisdom of realizing that there is no perfect programming language. As we humans are imperfect, having our own flaws, we cannot expect a single programming language to be perfect, especially if it is created by us :).

The best thing about all these hypes and contradictory discussions is that they have sparked some very good ideas in the sense of supporting more than one programming language on the well known platforms Java and .NET, including official support from the companies behind the platforms, so this means that more and more people realize that the real key to achieving the "Ultimate Programming Language" is in fact achieving an "Ultimate Platform", a platform that would allow everybody to do their job using the best language for a given task. The truth is that certain languages are good for certain things, so I believe that if we have a chance to combine them, we will be able to do our work in a more efficient and elegant manner.

There have also been other voices in the communities saying that the future of enterprise programming may require us to be polyglot programmers. I think that there is a fair chance that this will happen especially seeing the support Sun is putting into JRuby and Groovy and I am glad that in the end more and more people are realizing that using the right tool for the right job is the best way to get things done.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Lightway Software - new website

Lightway Software is the company that my good friend and ex work colleague Radu Tanasa started about a year ago. Since then he had to travel his own journey and it has not been an easy one, but he managed to stay on top of the situations he had to face and the year passed successfully.
This post is actually an announcement of the new version of the Lightway Software website and also a recommendation from me to anyone who might need help with a Java Enterprise or Web application to trustfully ask for Radu's help.
The values around which he founded his business are quality and customer orientation, so bringing value to the end customer is what matters to Lightway Software.
"It's all about choices."

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A New Year's Resolution

Well, another year passed by, making me remember I am getting older and counting the things I have to get done around here before I will pass on :)...and many they are.
Last year was one full of changes and big decisions for me and also for the people around me, which is good, and even if sometimes it is tiring we need to learn how to embrace change before we can move on. It's, as some would say, one of life's most important lessons: we need to learn how to deal with change and adapt, otherwise we get left behind.
As I said, a lot has happened last year, we decided to get married (me and my girlfriend), we got a new apartment (and a nice mortgage to go with it) and I got a nice promotion at the end of the year. Also, we should not forget the people we got used having around and which passed on last year, God rest their souls, Florian Pitis, Luciano Pavarotti and Colin McRae, but this is also a natural part of life and the changes it involves.
I believe that the New Year will bring even more challenges for us in making our way through life. There will be many new things either planned, either waiting to be discovered for us this year, making our journey not a boring one.
My personal hope is that this year will bring a lot of happiness to everybody and that we will all try to be kinder to our kin than we've been before. Too much we have been slaves to money and power and I think the time has come for us to free ourselves from these chains and live our lives the way they were meant to be lived at the beginnings.

Playing for Change