Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Forking Web 2.0

Screw Web 2.0.

Seriously. I have no need for Web 2.0 as it is being defined.

A few months ago I attended the MS Web 2.0/SOA think & posture event where a bunch of smart people overloaded the term Web 2.0 to meet their own needs, myself included. I almost forgot about the event until I caught a post by Gregor Hohpe (who impresses the hell out of me). Gregor attended yet another 'what the hell is Web 2.0' event and blogged about some attributes and tenets:

I'm convinced that Gregor is a freakin genius, so I really doubt if he missed the conclusion. In fact, the thinking was very similar to the Spark conference so I'm not surprised.

What just occurred to me is Web 2.0, as the world defines it, bores the living hell out of me. It's simple - I don't work for a consumer company like Amazon, Google or Yahoo - and as I look across my clients most of them don't need Web 2.0 functionality (as people are defining it).

What do I need? How do I want to overload the term? Easy. I am a SOA dude. I need a bad ass client framework for my services. I was hoping that the Web 2.0 guys were going to create a new client model - but they aren't. They're creating a social computing model - good for them, but it doesn't meet my needs. I need... a Collaborative Composite Client Platform.

What's are the characteristics of a CCCP?
1. Obviously, it's client-side, asynchronous, message/service oriented and highly interactive.
2. It's designed for the Web but merges the application and document paradigm successfully (like http://finance.gooogle.com)
3. The componentized UI is self describing and viewable by a user (think 'view source' meets 'portlets') .
4. The services called by the clients can be identified and reused. If a user doesn't want the UI they should be able to identify the services the client calls and use them instead.
5. Collaboration is a core tenet, not a feature .
6. Services are pre-compiled and available as-is however, client compositions can be changed at runtime and the new configuration can be permanently saved (typical with modern portals).

If the Web 2.0 guys create their manifesto and it's a bunch of e-tail crap where the customer is king - I'm out. My interests are in creating a new programming model for the client that serves as a foundation for any domain. It's time to fork Web 2.0.

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