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1 dmccabe commented Permalink

Ben, I saw EGL and your book mentioned on the <a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.gartner.com/eric-knipp/2009/07/11/two-in-one/">The Gartner Blog Network</a>.

2 Ben_Margolis commented Permalink

Thank you. <div>&nbsp;</div> Here is the writeup:<div>&nbsp;</div> "IBM’s EGL is a business-oriented language and deployment tool for the development of Web 2.0 Ajax applications that span several platforms including mainframes/iSeries (COBOL), Java EE, and the browser (JavaScript). It is especially well-suited for enterprises with heavy legacy investments that they want to resurface with Web 2.0 instead of replacing those assets or spending a lot of time building a SOA strategy. The book is an easy read -- especially if you skim the language syntax examples -- and illustrates that IBM’s engineers put a lot of thought into the design of EGL. It’s worth reading even if you don’t plan to use EGL in your enterprise, because it has content geared both at programmers and managers who need to understand the platform, and also because EGL provides an interesting thought experiment. There aren’t many examples of languages/compilation tools that take one high-level syntax and compile down to several other high-level languages. While you probably don’t need to read this if you are outside the IT modernization space, it is interesting nonetheless, and the conversational tone makes it easy to get through. The first couple chapters in particular are well worth a read for any IT professional as they provide a great introduction to the role of IT in competitive strategy (for non-technology firms) and to the subject of Web 2.0. Recommended (3/5)."<div>&nbsp;</div> from <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://blogs.gartner.com/eric-knipp/2009/07/11/two-in-one/">http://blogs.gartner.com/eric-knipp/2009/07/11/two-in-one/</a>