June 16, 2004 11:10:23.777
I linked to this piece by Joel in my last post, but only in relation to a rant about Windows. Read the rest of it - agree or disagree (and I find it hard to disagree with his major points), it's a very thought provoking piece.
[Socinian] June 16, 2004 16:16:30.462
Joel's article is OK except that HTML API can never change w/o forking.
And, the web consortium has the same "next new thing" problem MS has - (semantic web or global searching, who's XML schema do you use, etc. per Jon Udell).
And, like video games, a Just Good Enough interface, will eventually give way to more realism.
To quote one New York Times article by Steve Lohr
"... enterprise technology is moving into a new phase.
Bigger, faster, and more feature-laden are no longer selling points in the same way.
Smarter, simpler, more efficient, and more flexible are the new criteria."
Smalltalk seems poised to answer the call at both the server a client end.
[Adam Vandenberg] June 16, 2004 17:01:06.478
Interesting note on realism in game graphics here:
Why realistic graphics make humans look creepy.
[Socinian] June 17, 2004 11:59:33.549
That's why I didn't say "photo realism".
For example, I work for a manufacturer. A realistic, real time, 3D visual representation of how current parts and products move through our factories, warehouses, customer sites, trade-ins and where the bottlenecks are would explain more than hundreds of pages of reports and documentation on on web pages.
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