Each week, I find the most interesting tech stories and articles from across the web and put them all in one post. Here are the 4 most interesting articles I ran across this week:
Why Best buy is going out of business (forbes.com)
My take: A very interesting article on Best Buy’s biggest problems, and it’s not what you might think. Best Buy frustrates customers in two important areas: First, they treat customers as a chance for an upsell, not as a chance to provide excellent service. Second, they’ve failed at translating their business to the web. Their web-based store does not communicate effectively with their retail stores, which regularly inconveniences customers.
10 programming languages that could shake up IT (inforworld.com)
My take: The article lists some interesting new languages, but will any of them actually “shake up IT”. Probably not. Why? Because companies already have systems and applications in place. Are they really going to rip up and replace everything they’ve already built with some new language that hardly anyone knows? That leads to a second problem: Are many IT pros going to spend their valuable time learning a new language that has slim-to-none job opportunities? While these languages could provide some benefit, we see in the Tiobe index that companies are choosing the well established languages, like Java and C.
Cotton candy and little enterprise deceptions (zdnet.com)
My take: This short article that makes a great comparison: Just like cotton candy vendors have learned how to deceive customers with false appearances, vendors are creating products that appear to be more than they are. It’s a good reminder: Do you buy enterprise software based on appearance, or do you take the time to understand the architecture as well? Which is more important?
The US says goodbye to IE6 (windowsteamblog.com)
My take: This is great news for web app developers everywhere! As you well know, IE6 has caused design headaches for years. Things that worked great in every other browser somehow didn’t work in IE6. It appears that your headaches may now be over, as IE6 usage in the US has dropped below 1%.