In our industry, we have a problem. It's called the Software Problem. It is an embarrassing indictment of our capacity to deliver quality software on time and under budget. Beyond that, when we do deliver running code, it is often fragile and hard to extend. There are many reasons for this and many solutions. But one that does not get enough attention is how we approach information.
This is a theoretical discussion. You may not learn something you can use right away, but you may learn new ways of thinking about designing and building systems with an information-centric focus. We will discuss the roles of databases, services, software models, REST, the Web and the roles they all play together.
Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, CA. He focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting and other technologies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie and has excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his International Pop Recording career.