Regular readers will know that I’ve been a frequent and prolific contributor to the IBM developerWorks Grid Zone. In fact, in the early years of this zone I was often the only contributor.Unfortunately, after years of providing us with helpful information on grids, grid software and development and deployment techniques, the Grid computing zone is being retired. While I can understand why, I must say I’m surprised. Although I’m sure we are all more enlightened about grid technology than before, I still think we have a long way to go, and there’s certainly a few things I would like to have covered and expanded upon. I had, for example, some updates and extensions to the Perl and Python grid programming solutions in the pipeline. Let me know if you would like to see these and I’ll post them up here or on MCslp Coalface once I’ve completed them. Until then, I’d like to thank IBM and particularly Mary McCommon (Grid zone editor) for giving me the opportunity to write about and play with such interesting technologies.