The SLURM are clustering!
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I just LOVE some of the names of Open Source project. They reflect the fun that open-source developers have with technology. Some are weird recursive achronyms like WINE (Wine Is Not and Emulator). Others are just odd names, like SLURM, which stands for Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management, but sounds like invaders from another planet.
I now have this picture in my head:
Actually, SLURM is a pretty interesting technology that helps you harness systems together to get supercomputing power from them. This kind of concept has been around for a while, but it just gets better and better. With cloud, big data, and the gamification of applications you may not know where you'll need more power. Being able to harness things like this together will make you someone who can make something happen.
Become a Drupal fashion designer
Remember when web was all about pages? lovely, hand-crafted works of art? Wow! Those days are gone! I just can't imagine beginning any kind of web project that way today. Today's web sites are about assembling information dynamically and letting what is most important to a user be most easily available while supporting multiple disciplines on the back end, because not everyone building the site will be a programmer.
Content Management Systems grew out of this. If you are looking at a serious business solution I would certainly take a look at IBM's Enterprise Content Management software. Yet, as a developer you are probably going to have plenty of opportunities to integrate with one of the Open Source solutions that have been come so popular.
I've worked primarily with WordPress and Joomla for my web work, because I was usually trying to get up something quickly that would do the job and let people easily act as editors. However, if I wanted to craft a little more, and almost certainly if I was integrating with my application, I would be using Drupal. It's has a lot of modularity and configurability.
Of course, with any Content Mangement System (CMS) the look and feel is important. Themes are the way to do this and it's a valuable skill to be able to design your own. In this week's article, "Enhance your Drupal web site with custom themes", Tim Ogunjobi looks at just that. Theme design is more than pretty pictures. A well-designed theme can help you integrate functionality seamlessly. A poorly designed one has the look of a lot of duct-tape. This article may actually get me more into Drupal.
What do you want to talk about?
One of the joys about editing the Linux and Open Source zones in developerWorks is that I get exposed to a lot of fascinating technology. I also get to indulge my own curiosity about thing because people write about things that interest me but I don't have time to explore on my own.
I don't get a lot of feedback from readers about what interest them. I think it's largely because Linux and Open Source people are self starters and don't necessarily think about asking, but I want to remind you that you can always shoot me an email with things that you'd like to see. I can't promise to get everything that you ask, but I'll do my best. If you're the only one talking to me you might become a powerful influence indeed!