It makes a cute, shocking, funny story but it's full of crap.
Building a bridge is not Building Software.
Here is why.
1. Bridges are made to last 100 years at least. Software is made to solve a problem. In the old days (20 years ago) we had the stupid notion that programmers would write and maintain what we now call legacy code, usually in cobol. But the personal computer revolution changed that. In my 20+ years of professional software development I've had to learn at least 10 new languages. I will say though that the stuff I wrote 10+ years ago is still in production.
2. Bridges are physical. They do not have magazines subscribed to by millions of antics that talk about their experience driving on a bridge, using a bridge, how they would have changed the design of the bridge.
3. Clients build software, they do not build bridges. Government build bridges. One company doesn't own 95% of our bridges nor do they have tolls everytime we use them.
4. It takes years to build a bridge. Clients give us days, weeks or months to build software.
5. Government regulations, Certified Engineers, architects and workers, Union employees are used to build bridges. Anyone can write software. anyone.
6. Software development is rarely about doing it exactly the same way over and over again. Bridge builders weld the same proven way with the same tools and same process year after year. There is no room for creativity. Software people like to make change it up every single time. they play, they experiment, they implement something new they just read.
See, it's government oversight and control that make bridges not like software. I hope Oracle is not proposing the same oversight of software development.
That being said, we both currently share renewed respect and awareness to security. We have homeland security procedures for key bridges (think san Francisco) and key internet connections.
We know that we have sleeper cells inside that pose as ready to go threats for both our solutions.
The dissing of our rapid develop, deploy, fix, redeploy mentality that now is the norm for software is humorous. We now develop faster then we ever have. Our solutions do more then they ever have. Clients expect us to constantly keep software up to date. We are measured by our speed, our accuracy and our cost.
We are not building bridges. It takes too long, costs too much and takes more skill then we software developers have.
Riding on the success of Apple's iTunes Music Store TV programs for sale with no commericals, and the networks free streams of TV shows with commercials, netflix is about to do the next thing, which will help it keep alive. I hope Tivo is watching. Tivo has hardware that is not a desktop computer and it could be used to order movies on demand for a very low rental fee. It could do it today technically, but the studios hold the strings on this. Watch for more on this. I expect movie theatres to have to change 100% to survive.
Tivo will be held hostage by Netflix. Maybe Netflix can buy Tivo? cool.
After announcing selling off PowerSchool to Pearson which sent ripples of shock through out the industry, because schools had yet another reason to feel like Apple is shifting away from a core value by selling off the school software, there are rumors afloat that a new computer for schools is coming out. What could it be?
my 2 cents on the powerschool thing. They paid $60 million for powerschool which is a 4D product. they paid too much and got too little. Schools that went powerschool did not go mac. so it didn't do anything for them.
who made out. the stockholders of powerschool.
I'm working up my thoughts on this and hope to publish soon. Basically Filemaker pro will become the student management system for 90% of the schools in the country. Apple owns filemaker. they couldn't own the competitor.
Here's my own rumor
Apple will also come out with a Suite - like Apple Works but most likely called Mac Works - (they will rename iWork to Mac Work Pro), it will have compatibility with office, include a spreadsheet, word processor and keynote lite and it will be included with every education mac.
Apple will also buy Adobe, so that it can stop being held hostage by them on the Intel Pro platform for photoshop based designers.