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The cloud has created tremendous value in the IT industry, ranging from the on-demand availability of enterprise-class infrastructure via Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and the simplified deploy and manage semantics of Platform as a Service (PaaS), to business applications delivered via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. If approached incorrectly, however, the cloud is a double-edged sword. More specifically, writing applications for the cloud requires much more sophistication than writing traditional application architectures. Certain decisions that made sense in a pre-cloud era no longer make sense in the modern cloud world. In addition, the cloud has introduced some unique programming problems of its own that, if not understood, could lead to long-term negative consequences. The cloud is not something that is public only in nature; enterprises are ado... (more)