Friday, February 04, 2005

The Webification Of Applications

Bill Burnham (whom I remember from the days in which he was simply a Piper Jaffray analyst covering online brokerages) has a great post on how the democratic revolution that created the Web is about to hit the world of applications.

Like many people, I struggle to understand the impact of Web services and service-oriented architectures--and I'm in the IT infrastructure business! Bill's post does a great job of pointing out how Web services do for the back end of applications what the Web did for the front end: Enable a massive proliferation of creativity and functionality.

In the old days, creating a GUI was a long and arduous task. Today, an HTML jockey can code one up in a day. Web services is going to bring the same revolution to the back end of applications. Sure, maybe they won't be as fast, as secure, or as robust, but they will be much easier to develop. The cost of failure will be greatly reduced, which is probably the primary driver of experimentation.

I had thought that Web services were overhyped. Now I think that they're underhyped, though I still won't hazard any guesses as to who the winners and losers will be when the dust settles.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Beware the coyote dog!

Actually, this is a big issue in California. Many of my friends lost cats to coyotes when I was growing up. Of course, up here in Palo Alto, we have mountain lions!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

But will she be able to come up with her own catchphrase?

This week's sign of the apocalypse: Martha Stewart, who is still incarcerated, will be the star of "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart."

I can't wait to see how they divide up the teams. Men vs. Women would be unfair. So would Gay vs. Straight. Perhaps Red State vs. Blue State?

Monday, January 31, 2005

Whither the First Amendment?

This week's sign of the apocalypse: 32% of high school students think that there is too much freedom of the press, and 36% think that publications should have to receive government approval before publishing an article.

I don't think I could possibly add any further commentary that could say more than those two numbers. Scary.