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Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 76

by Enry (#49547121) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

Honestly, ML and integration with other MSFT products is all that Azure has going for it. I knew AWS first, but really got more into each of them at about the same time. Azure's API is pretty convoluted and doesn't handle multiple actions at the same time (so in opening a firewall port you have to wait for the first action to fully complete before adding the next firewall opening on the same system, and each action takes a few minutes). On the plus side, they do support a number of Linux distros.

It's been described to me as AWS being IAAS whereas Azure is more as a PAAS. If you're already tied into Microsoft and know PowerShell really well, you'll do fine with Azure.

Comment: Re:And it's gonna rain (Score 1) 76

by Enry (#49547069) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

They're three separate services (and only three of the zillion that AWS provides).

Cloud storage is just that: storage in the cloud (usually object storage, so you can access files using HTTP)
Computing is having a virtual system available, so take your laptop or desktop and move it somewhere else. Very handy if you need compute power some of the time but don't want to go through the hassle of getting rack space/networking/etc. You still have root on it, so the entire system and all provisioned resources are yours.
Web hosting is usually shared, so it's you and a bunch of other people on the same server, probably sharing the same hardware and storage. You don't have root and have limited ability to make changes. Lowest cost, but lowest capabilities. If you have a basic wordpress or flat HTML site it would work fine for you. If you want to get into more demanding sites or introduce failover or load balancing you need to step up to computing.

Comment: Re:Matlab (Score 1) 175

by Enry (#49516127) Attached to: Swift Tops List of Most-Loved Languages and Tech

Are you saying that if they were overwhelmingly female that they would appreciate MATLAB more?

I don't know. In my only actual programming job in the early 90s I worked with some great MUMPS developers who happened to be female and they were at a far higher percentage of the developers I worked with than listed in the survey. I'm just pointing out that the demographics of the SO survey may not really represent what the programming community is, so what they say as what they like may not be reality.

Also, consider that it is Stack Overflow. It's mostly code-snipet "programmers" and people looking for help with homework.

That's true. It's been a real help in (re)learning Python.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen