Finally on Friday we launched a platform rearchitecture based on loose-coupling, web standards, and a move from JSP (via Tomcat) to PHP.
Jon Udell's latest column mentions Friendster's rewrite. He makes exactly the right point: the programming language itself was not really the issue. It's the combination of decisions -- the “it all adds up” factor -- that makes the difference between a platform which fits the task and one which does not.
She says that she was careful to only post about things that were already public knowledge (and it's not as if seeing every Friendster url change from ending in .jsp to .php didn't already tell you everything you needed to know). I wonder if her now-ex-CEO got freaked out seeing the huge amount of attention her posts sometimes got, which was probably more attention than any official Friendster press release has received up to this point. Maybe he didn't stop to think about why that might be.
Technorati already lists 33 [now 49] [now 63] [now 121] weblogs linking to Joyce's story, including Ross Mayfield, Matt Haughey, Jason Shellen, Anil Dash (“someday i'll get fired from six apart for networking socially”), Jeremy Zawodny, Marc Brown, Joyce's husband, Tim, Jon Udell, Robert Scoble and Chris Pirillo. I won't be too surprised if it ends up on slashdot and metafilter [and boingboing, CNET and Wired News].
I doubt Joyce is going to have any trouble finding another job.Posted by jjwiseman at August 31, 2004 09:54 AM