What is this spontaneous renaissance of web innovation we’re going through? Anybody have any idea why this happening, or rather, why now?
My own progression as a web developer has lagged the web’s advancements, hard as I tried to keep up. More and more, I find myself relying on remote services (Flickr, or the yummy one I decided to join today, Del.icio.us), or, I end up installing existing codebases (WordPress for this very blog) to buttress my sagging abilities.
Amazing applications are being demonstrated everywhere and we want them: now. What really tempted my tummy today was my long-procrastinated evaluation of this “del.icio.us” site I’d been hearing about so much. Anything with that pretentious a name had to suck, I figured. But no; here was a fine example of elegant simplicity that did exactly what I needed. I had been imagining such a service-based link organizer for some time. Del.icio.us still needs to add private links and page caching (at time of post), but those two things would make the perfect app for me.
But again: why now? No one invention or technological advance comes to mind. Instead our best works emerge slowly and evolve just under our noses. Then one day we wake up and everybody is saying “Check it out: it’s the Web 2.0.”
Things are getting interesting. As though they weren’t before. Pink Floyd said it: welcome to machine.
Now if I only had time to get that podcast rolling… stay tuned. You can hear all this boring shit from the horse’s mouth pretty soon. (!)