Wednesday Jul 19, 2006

Is Web 2.0 relevant to a systems architect?

Sun are pushing the new x4500 (See Jonathan's Blog) server as the Web 2.0 server, coz that's what Tim O'Reilly said. Actually, he's said a lot about web 2.0 and his most focused comments (that I've found, or more accurately been pointed at,) are at his site, where he has published an article called "What Is Web 2.0 Design, Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software" . I recommend you read it, ( I have bookmarked it on del.icio.us and in my sidebar in the "Links" section.).

One of O'Reilly's Web 2.0 tests is that data becomes crucial (again) and that the move towards (user driven) assembly for purpose and the "perpetual beta", his words, he should trademark them, as illustrated by all sorts of internet companies makes the new hybrid systems more useful as things move on. I have recently created a Yahoo MapApp (which I'll document at some time), but this uses the MapApp server and my web site, together with a Yahoo Group in order to allow people to use the application. The application is build to serve a small closed community (a school year reunion), which is why the Group is used, but also a proof point that collections of data (originally owned by users) are more valuable than the items themselves. (The Application is designed to allow people to plan sites for physical re-unions and drinking). This sort of application will become more common not less.

Sun's announcement page headled with Tim O'Reilly's quotes is here.... Marc Hamilton whose blog is here..., brought my attention to the synergy between the new system product and the new internet phenomenon, with this article, entitled "Thumper Positioning"; Not a karate technique!.

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