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Middleware - not a good analogy
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 26 2012 @ 05:30 PM EST
I'll agree with you that middleware is a connector, but I don't think the letters and words analogy is helpful.

Words are made up of letters. But programs are not made up of the OS components.

Letters are part of the words. But the OS is completely external to the programs.

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Horrible analogy
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Monday, November 26 2012 @ 06:49 PM EST
Completely misses the point of middleware.

Middleware today basically provides a bridge
between stateless connections (http) and stateful
connections (database).

And lots of other features.

But letters (building blocks) and words (assembles)
does not apply in the context of this case.


---

You are being MICROattacked, from various angles, in a SOFT manner.

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Middleware
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 26 2012 @ 11:04 PM EST
An operating system is like a manual transmission, middleware is like the
automatic transmission. A driver (programmer or user) with a manual transmission
has to learn the specific steps needed to move the vehicle down the road.
Gearshift on the steering column v. shift on the floor, when to use the clutch,
coordinating with gas and brake, etc. Each computer with a different operating
system has different steps to do things, just as different manual transmissions
have different numbers of gears, patterns of the gear shift, best gear for
different driving conditions, and so on. An automatic transmission replaces all
that with "just select D for Drive." A driver that must use many types
of vehicle can do so more easily when they all have automatic transmissions that
hide the complexity of shifting. A programmer who must write for different
operating systems would rather create one program using middleware than learn
and debug the procedures for each operating system. A User who may use one
computer at work and another kind at home would rather learn one way to do
things that works everywhere than have to learn different ways for each
machine.

If cars and trucks only came with manual transmissions, the driver would need
re-training if one vehicle were replaced with another that used a different
style of manual transmission. If automatic transmissions could be added after
vehicles were bought, then companies with a fleet of vehicles would have less
incentive to keep purchasing the same brands to match the skill set of their
drivers. The company could get the best deal for what they need, and put in the
automatic transmission to let their drivers work without retraining. Do you
think auto makers would like something that makes it easier to switch brands?

Computers really do come only with manual transmissions - the basic operating
system. Middleware really does make it easier to write a program that runs on
any operating system and works the same from the user's viewpoint on all of
them. Do you think operating system makers would like something that makes it
easier to switch brands?
--DonW

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  • Warning, car analogy ^ - Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 05:22 AM EST
  • Middleware - Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 09:10 AM EST
  • Middleware - Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 10:14 AM EST
Middleware
Authored by: MadTom1999 on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 02:45 AM EST
I thought it was a cummerbund.

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