The Last Temptation of the Linux Application Developer
Aug 31, 2010, 18:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
[ Thanks to Amy
Bennett for this link. ]
"In the beginning there was the Internet and behold, it
was Good. Tools for the viewing the content of the Internet,
particularly web browsers, grew more powerful and agile, as web
developers and their corporate backers built richer and more
dynamic web sites.
"Along the way, the most powerful of these sites grew to be so
complex, they were applications in and of themselves. These online
applications initially were paltry and weak, but eventually they
became stronger and more useful. This was called the Cloud, and
behold, it was Okay.
"At the same time, mobile devices started picking up steam,
getting powerful enough and coupled with faster networks to make
them better choices for computing.
"But lo, there was a problem: no matter how good the phone was,
it still only had a itty bitty screen, on which conventional web
pages, especially the cloud sites, could hardly run."