Regular Docunext readers will likely know how much I like boring old technologies.
Stuff like static files, 3Com 3c509 network cards, IDE drives, and so on. Why? Because old technologies that have stuck around long to get boring means that they probably serve some useful purpose as well as being reliable.
No doubt I love trying out new technologies too, but since I'm appreciative of tested, tried, and true technologies I really love seeing old technologies getting combined in new ways.
I'm getting inspired to try out some new techniques with old technologies based upon some inspiration from Ledger, XML, BNF, Ragel, and Git. Git isn't really an "old" technology, but its purpose as a revision control system has been around long enough. Also, in its short life so far, Git has gathered an impressive following of users (including myself) who are testing it and trying it out and many (again, including myself) are espousing positive reviews.
Let me try and get more specific by highlighting some characteristics of the aforementioned technologies:
In this day and age of complex RDBMS and proprietary "binary blob" file formats, it seems a little old-fashioned.
So what are the new techniques that I've referred to? Patience. I've just run out of time for this article so the deets will have to wait for the next one. In the mean time, don't forget about boring tech!