Joel Spolsky has a great article (albeit long) on How Microsoft Lost the API War that along the way talks about programming languages, memory management, and the Web. Even if you're not particularly interested in Microsoft or programming for Microsoft platforms, you should read it. The article is an excellent look look at large trends in programming and software development. Bottom line: more and more development will be going to the Web regardless of Microsoft's constant rant about "rich clients."
How Microsoft Lost the API War
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