Tim O'Reilly, in his annual O'Reilly Radar talk, made some interesting observations about the current state of application development:
- Internet, not the PC is the platform
- Apps are built on top of open source, but not themselves open source
- Doc Searl's "DIY-IT" is a key to success
- Sevices, not packaed applications
- Source code + comilation != application
- Exploring how to becone platform players via Web services APIs
- FOSS doesn't guarantee freedom when applications depend on network effects and data lock-in more than on software secrets.
- Invite your used to build your services and your data, not just your code.
- if you're committed to openness, set bold standards for user control of data.
- Architect for participation via a web of smaall advantages.