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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 12/16/11

5 12 16 11It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our other post this week, The Two Agile Programing Metrics That Matter, please have a look now. If you're looking for the best ways to measure your development team's success, you need to look at improving predictability and optimizing productivity.
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And here we go with this week's links:

Will HTML5 generate the next generation of programmers? - Develop

As programming languages grow increasingly complex, could HTML5 with its simpler mark-up approach introduce programming to a new generation of programming whiz kids? This author thinks it might and if so, it's a positive development for the industry.

OwnCloud: An open-source cloud to call your own - ZDNet

If you like the convenience of the cloud, but you worry about the security implications of storing your content on someone else's servers, OwnCloud, an open source program could be the answer. While it's currently not a trivial matter to set up, that is about to change, and when it does, it could be interesting to see where this goes.

Java Doesn't Need to Be So Bad - Work In Progress

One programmer thinks that Java programming is more complex than it has to be -- and he goes after its weaknesses with both guns blazing. What do you think? Is he right?

Four Gotchas to Watch Out For in Cloud E-mail Services - Input Output

It's hard to deny the convenience of moving your company's email to a cloud service, but before you do, recognize that there are trade-offs you need to think about before you make the move.

Why Facebook Uses MySQL for Timeline - Mashable

MySQL does not have a reputation for scaling, which is why it's surprising to learn that Facebook is using it for the Timeline feature, but it apparently has some other charms that make it a useful tool for Facebook developers.

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