Posturing is always in vogue

Check out this piece of crap that should never have made it past the desk of a responsible editor. So much for the arguments that having an editorial gatekeeper will shield the witless masses from being subjected to unqualified, sanctimonious opinions.

I can let go of the fact that this guy doesn’t understand what Web 2.0 is all about, lots of people are in that boat. But why would a news organization allow someone so totally clueless about distributed objects and their relationship to the broad network get their blessing by publishing this? Didn’t he ever hear about what happened to RMI, CORBA, .net remoting and a slew of other approaches? Has he ever heard of SOA? What works, what doesn’t and why?

He seems to be mostly unhappy about a particular Web 2.0 technique known as the mashup, though he doesn’t make it clear if it’s mashups in general or mashups done in javascript and xml that make him twitch so. What he has missed entirely is how similar they are to the types of business partnerships that
small businesses have relied on for centuries. In the past this aggregation of services might have been done with paper forms and faxes, allowing a group of companies to work together to service a client. Remember your last home loan as an example. The mashup is just another technique to make this happen electronically. Loose coupling, simple interfaces, a combined face for the customer, these are all proven techniques. It remains to be seen if html/javascript will be the best way to deliver mashups, but I think the technique will survive much longer than the term Web 2.0 which is becoming sooo 2006!.


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