Well, obviously I know what "the cloud" is.
Upload more RAM (or compute or bandwidth or whatever it is you happen to need).
You rent computing resources from Amazon or IBM or whomever, and instead of furnishing a brand new box to keep on your premises, you upload your data to it via the internet.
But there seems to be some magic to the cloud which I can't put my finger on.
I know, I'm probably a decade late on figuring this out, but the cloud has never seemed that novel or meritorious to me.
Today I'd like to take a look and figure out what it is that excites people about the cloud.
In September I spent a lot of time with the grammar of PACSTCL.
Both in developing the grammar further than I had coming out of the CSforALL Bootcamp, and in preparing the PACSTCL code to parse the grammar.
This post is going to start out by defining computer grammar in understandable terms, then it will go into some of the decisions going into and the quirks coming out of PACSTCL's grammar.
This past summer, I've put a good deal of effort into updating my blog.
Previously I had used Apache Roller, and I decided that I would replace it with a web-application of my own creation.