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Grid computing is an impressive, confident, powerful technology model, winning high-profile admirers as it approaches full maturity. With the rise of Amazon Web Services, and, specifically, Amazon EC2, this style of computing is enjoying a higher profile than ever before. The professional sector is increasingly adopting a distributed model for hosting and deploying applications that has become almost commonplace in Web 2.0 applications. The ability to deliver different elements of applications simultaneously over a cohesive network of servers essentially defines grid computing, also known as distributed computing. Grids embrace software or middleware, which enables a user community to make use of the combined power of networked hardware and access applications across the public Internet as services. It’s no longer relevant to define grid computing in terms of e... (more)

Getting Your Groovy On with Grails and Cloud Computing

David Abramowski's Blog You need to think of cloud computing in three different layers - infrastructure, infrastructure management & platform as a service. At the infrastructure level you have the basis for cloud computing. This is where you'll find virtual servers or services like Amazon.com EC2. A level above the infrastructure layer you find companies that provide tools to help developers deal with managing their own systems running on top of the infrastructure layer. The third layer is Platform as a Service and is where Morph plays. Groovy on Grails is catching on in the Java... (more)

Create a User Guide With WordPress & Jing for Free

As my development team at MioWorks rounds the corner on a significant update, I thought it was important to have a user guide that explained the features and told the story of the MioWorks application.  I started looking into online help systems around the open source ecosystem.  It seemed that everything I found was either overly complex or required time from my development & system administration team. As my frustration level grew I realized that WordPress was a solution I could use.   With WordPress.com I didn’t need technical help from my overloaded developer team.  I didn’t... (more)

Web Applications for the Apple iPhone 3G

David Abramowski's Blog It seems that Apple has another winner on their hands with the new Apple iPhone 3G. There are now millions of people connected to the Internet every minute of every day using this device. The fast adoption has created a tremendous opportunity for software vendors and companies to take advantage of an extremely large ecosystem of end users. The ecosystem is alive and well with the streamlined experience of the Apple App Store. This integrated web application is a directory of items available for the iPhone. Just this week Steve Jobs expressed his excitement w... (more)

Monitoring Applications in the Cloud

Cloud computing is a rather powerful tool that allows even the smallest of businesses to provide an enterprise class environment for web applications.  In a nutshell, the cloud is nothing more than the ability to rent computer services on demand from a 3rd party provider.  At MioWorks.com we use Amazon Web Services, but there are several other services out there for you to explore. Mastering the cloud takes a bit of work, a dash of experience and an openness to learn from others.  But once you do master it, the benefits are tremendous.  You’ll never have to order another server ... (more)