Linked by mufasa on Mon 10th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
Web 2.0 The web browser has been the dominant thin client, now rich client, for almost two decades, but can it compete with a new thin client that makes better technical choices and avoids the glacial standards process? I don't think so, as the current web technology stack of HTML/Javascript/Flash has accumulated so many bad decisions over the years that it's ripe for a clean sheet redesign to wipe it out.
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Why does that have to be the case? Even XML isn't so easy to parse, so people write reference implementations, etc. Why is a binary RPC system much worse? A human can't read it directly... but I don't really see why people are so enamored with reading data directly that is usually parsed only by machine, especially given that many folks crunch down the XML or JSON data anyway in order to transfer fewer bytes.

In my view, human-readable does not always mean 'interoperable.'

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