Excellent interview with Amazon’s CTO

ACM Queue has published an excellent interview with Werner Vogels. Interviewer is Jim Gray. If you are in IT and work in SOA-type areas, this is a must read. (Via Sajith Sankar) Key takeaways (some of them are recurring themes in this type of software development)
1. Smaller teams who have a strong sense of ownership
2. Assembling features which consume backend services (loosely coupled)
3. Rapid prototyping and iterative development
4. Freedom for developers to use the tools they want but subject them to some overall standards (the notion of developers as artists is brilliant).
5. An interesting new feature on Amazon – Statistically Improbable Phrases. Need to check that out.

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