By now it should be known we’re notorious users of SAP MaxDB in a “non-SAP environment”, and, for that matter, we have done rather well throughout the last seven years. By now, we gained quite some experience running, administering, working with that RDBMS in our environment, and we manage to get our production work done on top of it without thinking about it all too much which seems a good thing. However, there are several nuissances about that platform, both talking about political SAP product and licensing decisions and about overall technical issues, lack of support for most of the neat tools, toys and frameworks included.
Maybe we could have seen that coming. In April 2012, some of us eventually enjoyed finally seeing the release of the Instagram app for Android devices. Up to then, Instagram was only available to users of iOS devices, leaving everyone else just then and now stumbling across images cross-posted to other social networks, not few … Read moreoff-site. reconsidering a digital “mine”.
Putting action where the mouth is, I guess: At the very least with its 4.x release, I then and now considered the K Desktop Environment (KDE) to be the most technically advanced at least amongst the Open Source / Software Libre desktop systems. Took me a while to actually adopt it for day-to-day use. However, that time is now I guess.
Deleted code doesn’t contain bugs, they say. I always felt kind of unsafe with the idea of actually and straightforward removing code while into refactoring smaller or larger parts of the systems – after all, same as it doesn’t contain bugs, deleted code also doesn’t contain business logic anymore which might not be what you want at times. Yet, trying to clean up parts of (the Java / Java EE based) components in our system, I have to some degree changed my mind about that.