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Re: Building a Perl based business

by samizdat (Vicar)
on Feb 02, 2006 at 15:22 UTC ( #527343=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Building a Perl based business

I believe the key to having a career path that 'scales', i.e., survives both outsourcing and old age, is indeed to incorporate business in your skill set. Whether you do it by creating a SaaS "website" or by managing other programmers, having a business (i.e. product deployment, sales, and p&l) mentality is really important. While I'm a good programmer, I'm probably not in the 1% spoken of elsewhere. I've chosen to take the hard lumps involved in learning to make teams work efficiently to build products which enable companies to become more profitable. IBM has a phrase "Business Process Transformational Services" that Paul Horn (Director of IBM Research) spoke of, and that's the arena where we've been working. There's a huge difference between SaaS and 'a website', and Perl (or Ruby or PHP or even Java) can be the engine that differentiates you from the rest. What matters is the creation of a business model and service in that web system that serves a real need better than the existing tools. I spent two years (with my programmers and about $300K) on an abortive content-organizing and publishing system that nobody wanted. Fortuanately, our previous product, an online web-hiring system, _has_ grown into a successful niche builder, so I have been able to recover from my business non-sensical wild goose chase.

Don Wilde
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[ambrus]: Corion: ah, so you want a library that parses HTTP, and you want to do the IO yourself, and don't want a full AnyEvent wrapper.
[ambrus]: Corion: I think I parsed a HTTP header from a string with LWP once. You can definitely use that to create a HTTP message too. The problme is
[ambrus]: that if you do that, you'd have to find where each HTTP response ends, which is nontrivial if you want persistent connections (essential for performance if you have small requests).
[Corion]: ambrus: Yes, ideally an API that I feed the incoming data piece by piece and that I can ask "is that response done" and "what should I do next" and "please construct the appropriate redirect for me"
[Corion]: ambrus: Yes, ideally the module would do all that nasty stuff for me and give me a way to ask it what the current situation is
[ambrus]: Corion: you could also consider using some wrapper over the multi interface of curl, I think Net::Curl might be a good one, since implementing enough of what it expects from the event loop might be easier than a full AnyEvent interface.
[ambrus]: Corion: you could also consider using IO::Async and its POE driver and some HTTP module for it, but I don't know if that would solve your problems with AnyEvent+POE

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