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- difference between a product and platform
- platform is a collection of modules and tools
- a platform is extensible, programmable, consists of reusable pieces and
- desirable qualities in a platform and various considerations
- a platform is a living being to some extent
- how easy is it to fix when things break
- the iceberg analogy – most of your product is invisible, but this can cause
- how do you select the right technology for your platform?
- important not have bias
- products are short-lived, where platforms last a long time, so important to
make the right choices in your platform.
- it is good to depend on standards to avoid lock-in to one tool/technology
- the wrong solutions do not scale
- have a network of experts you can reach out to and get the information you
- knowing who to ask is the superpower in this age
- why you need some level of control over your platform
- damage control: solve problems when they arise
- moving things forward: can it be modified as new requirements come up
- building platforms for reuse
- build systems are important
- continuous integration
- The Yoe Distribution and the Simple IoT project are examples of platforms that
are re-usable and flexible, and applicable for a wide range of projects
- recomposable platforms scale not just vertically, but horizontally, which is
the real power of them
- a lot of up-front discipline goes into this
- you create a platform not only for others, but yourself
- you respect the APIs in the same way you expect others to respect them
- APIs as a contract become very important
- Most people can track product costs very well. Platform costs are harder to
track and are an investment in the future
- example of an embedded Linux platform that goes into a product that lives
for many years. A lot of work is required upfront to get the base system
running, but then you can build on it for years.
- A more constrained platform like a MCU + RTOS tends to be not as extensible
and more limited to a product.
- Two kinds of platforms
- Transaction platforms: facebook, twitter, etc
- Innovation platforms: what we’ve been talking about
- personal platform
- write things down
- when helping someone, instead of emailing or messaging the solution, I write
down the solution in some type of long lived documentation, and then share
that documentation with them.
- do you own your platform?
- owning your platform is more of a mindset rather than an rigid absolute
- are you willing to learn and own the details of your platform
- with OSS we not only use it, but we also have the option to be part of it
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