Mamas, Don’t Let Your Net Admins Grow Up to be Programmers

Mike Fratto
Mike Fratto

Summary Bullets:

  • Network administrators learning how to program is a benefit to employees and employer, but it shouldn’t be a requirement.
  • SDN promises many things including operational simplicity. Programming isn’t operationally simple and your network admins shouldn’t be doing it.

Even if SDN isn’t having an impact on data centers like my colleague Steve Hill thinks, the idea is certainly having a ripple effect within IT departments and among network professionals considering their career path. One common topic the keep recurring is whether network professionals need to become programmers to remain relevant.Kirk Byers thinks programming will be an essential skill for network engineers and points to the number of commercial and open source tools and controllers that have APIs and SDKs that can be used to stitch together various components into an automated and orchestrated network. In principle, I think the more network professionals know about how their systems work and integrate together, the better off they will be career-wise and the greater value they will be to their employers; but I generally disagree with the premise. Besides, if network professionals also have to be developers, then the entire networking industry will have failed to deliver one of the key benefits of SDN – easier operations.
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Node.js Is Fast Becoming the Predominant Platform Among Developers

Charlotte Dunlap
Charlotte Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • As a library and platform for the JavaScript language, Node.js is gaining steam among developers, vendors and enterprises.
  • Two Node-based MEAP startups stand out: Feed Henry and StrongLoop.

Node.js has been gaining in popularity among enterprise developers and mobile app platform vendors alike. Node.js – a server-side platform and library, also referred to as a runtime system, used with the JavaScript language – has a community of millions of developers and is available as commercialized technology by innovative startups including FeedHenry and StrongLoop. The technology is also being adopted by leading MEAP vendors. Highlighting its growing importance is the fact that the mobile API tier for Walmart, LinkedIn, Yahoo, eBay, Paypal and others is written using Node.js. The maturing technology is being used in more and more mission-critical systems. This is because Node.js is flexible, lightweight and easy to learn with high-performance capabilities (based on Google’s V8 JavaScript engine) that support millions of transactions. The Node ecosystem now consists of over 80,000 modules or plug-ins available. Having a massive open source Node community ensures valuable support; for example, when a developer needs to integrate with an obscure backend database or other data source, fellow developers with similar experiences are quick to rally with help. Continue reading “Node.js Is Fast Becoming the Predominant Platform Among Developers”