12 August 2004
Web components and distributed programming
Kottke has an interesting post on binding all of these Web tools together to make a platform of sorts.
[S]mall pieces loosely joined. Each specific service handles what it's good at. Gmail for mail, iCal for calendars, TypePad for short bits of text, etc. Web client, desktop client, it doesn't much matter...whatever the user is most comfortable with. Then you pipe all these together however you want...
I remember an old interview with Tim Berners-Lee [link?] where he said his original intention of the Web was to have pieces easily combined, pulled-apart, and re-combined. With the wealth of online utilities with open APIs and IDEs such as Dashboard or Konfabulator, we could be on our way there. Well, we're already there, so we could be on our way to a simpler "there." And I see that Berners-Lee has been heavily involved in the semantic Web too. Check out his co-authored article in the 2001 Scientific American.
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