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You must have seen them - they're everywhere. Despite the market climate, Web services startups are popping up like mushrooms after rain. With no time to lose, these companies are readying themselves to take on the industry gorillas. Who's going to win? Much has been written about the evolution of the Web services industry, particularly with respect to the big players like Microsoft and IBM. We've all been told countless times how Web services are good for established platform vendors ranging from application server companies to integration and process management vendors. One interesting question is often evaded, however: How can startups make money in this world? A Matter of Perspective I wish I had all the answers. I don't, of course. However, my experience does give me a certain perspective. I've been part of the Web services "revolution" since before it had that... (more)

The Next Programming Models, RIAs and Composite Applications

I’ve been around software for 20 years now. Looking back, I have mixed feelings about the progress we’ve made. The end results have been amazing but the process of building software hasn’t fundamentally changed since the 80s. In fact, I see us make some of the same mistakes over and over again. One of the common anti-patterns is over-relying on tools and frameworks instead of inventing new programming models. Layers of abstraction are fundamental to software. Some layers are defined through programming models, e.g., machine language, assembly language, 3GLs, JSP. Others are defi... (more)

How Can Metcalfe's Law Be Updated for Web 2.0?

"Metcalfe's Law is Wrong," contended Bob Briscoe, Andrew Odlyzko, and Benjamin Tilly recently in a much-discussed IEEE Spectrum article, in which they wrote: "Of all the popular ideas of the Internet boom, one of the most dangerously influential was Metcalfe's Law." Sim Simeonov disagrees. The industry is at it again – trying to figure out what to make of Metcalfe’s Law. This time it’s IEEE Spectrum with a controversially titled “Metcalfe’s Law is Wrong”. The main thrust of the argument is that the value of a network grows O(nlogn) as opposed t... (more)

The Web-Based Office++

Emergence is a strong, albeit sometimes unpredictable force. The past two weeks have been full of some interesting conversations/observations. Google bought JotSpot. I was reminded yet again that Google Calendar is a great product, Gmail is a strange one and Docs and Spreadsheet are neither here nor there. At MAX I saw a demo of Nimbus, a Flash-based word processor by Virtual Ubiquity. I spent hours discussing social infrastructure with Marc Canter of PeopleAggregator, Tony Perkins of AlwaysOn/GoingOn and others. I played some more with Ning. Greg Olsen showed me a demo of Coghea... (more)

"E-Commerce 2.0" – The Velvet Revolution

With all the noise the Web 2.0 revolutionaries are making, it’s easy to ignore another – this time velvet – revolution. "E-commerce 2.0" is coming into maturity and getting ready to relieve its now ten-plus year old predecessor. It’s about time. What makes an "E-Commerce 2.0" site? Well, as Supreme Court Justice Stewart’s famous saying (about pornography) goes: “I know it when I see it.” This may not be a satisfactory answer but it’s an honest one. It’s too early to tell. E-Commerce 2.0 sites look better, they are easier to us... (more)