I think open systems are very much like democracy.
And I would say i-Series is akin to a closed world society like a socialist country.
If you think about it- you will find that there are quite a few similarities between open systems and democracy.
Both are run by the people. Well to an extent – I guess. Finally some big-wig does come in and has the final say.The revisions in a open systems is quite like the elections in a democracy.Every now and then we come together again to debate who has the best possible solution to the worlds problem. We argue endlessly and finally each party goes back to their room declaring themselves as the winner and passionately declare the other’s agenda as the path to chaos.
The other wide- closed systems like iSeries- the road is lot more smoother.There are few arguments and life is lot more predictable. Maybe less excitement but i wouldn’t doubt that it is full of pleasure. Sometimes it may seem too autocratic- less glamorous- but it works- at least for some and they seem to have few complains
The other day- I met our famous i-Series team who are behind an amazing WMS system
We started comparing jokes and notes about how life is on both side. I have little or no knowledge on how i-Series like systems work- the concept that the OS\DB\Server- is all one and the same.
So I (mock-)asked them- “Does it ever happen to you- that you spend an year learning a fremework and suddenly realize that the whole world while you were asleep has discovered yet another framework- which is really the end-all? And then you start all over again…”
Dont take me wrong- I love Democracy and oh well I like open systems as well
But seriously- sometimes I think its gettting a bit too crazy
Last week- I setup my tomcat server and wrote a small JSF application. Nothing ambitious – just a hello-world program. And it was quite a ride.
Its amazing how this concept even works…
I downloaded some quick tutorial and did some obvious and minor modifications to it
And then – it was an error after another…
And the funny part was when I would google on the errors I was getting- it was a road much travelled
I felt as if I was walking in peoples foot steps
Scores of people had done the same thing as I was doing- and they had the same errors.Same resolutions- same dead ends.It was uncanny…
I dont blame the nice people who put those tutorials and resoltions to problems out there – I am sure they worked at some point and were correct piece of advice.
But then came in the newer version of JSF,Java ,J2ee and what nots- and those stopped working
Sometimes- you need another class file in the lib, sometimes another entry in a config file and sometimes a small tweak in the name of the DTD fiel your XML file was refering to.
I think we have run amok with this whole freedom.
I am sure its for the betterment of human being and will be the solution to the Global warming as well – but then I am sure – we will find multiple soltions to Global warming a well