Will the cloud change programming? That is the subject of a recent article of the same name at CNET News that delves into the very pertinent subject matter of programming for the cloud.
Author Gordon Haff makes an interesting point about the computer programming language landscape, which is that despite there being hundreds, if not thousands, of choices, the pool of widely-used languages is much smaller. COBOL, Fortran, C – how do these old standards apply to the new infrastructure paradigm that is cloud computing?
Haff is hopeful that public platform-as-a-service clouds will open up new possibilities for the Web programming landscape. But since application programming interface (API) is often limited to a single provider, porting is still an issue. Some providers offer APIs that are specific to a hosted environment, but ideally there will be a solution that includes application portability across on-premise and hosted solutions, notes Haff.