Web services are going lowercase 01 Jun 2005
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While the big boys are repeating the complexity game of the last decade, web services in the wild are happy as a lowercase term. The new wave of Web 2.0 applications are targetting the simplicity of vanilla XML over HTTP first and keeping SOAP and XML-RPC as a “possibly, maybe”. But we haven’t completed the move downhill.
While HTTP is a great protocol for web services, it’s surely not the only one. At least not if the term steps beyond its literal bindings. What we’ve seen with Backpack is that regular folks are using email as that magic glue to string applications together. Using macros, using application scripting, using all the productivity enhancers that doesn’t necessarily require “real” programming.
It’s the Excel phenomenon. Give people without a traditional background in programming an environment that let’s them tailor their own applications and they’ll be “programming” without even knowing it.
Nouvelle Patrouille has one of the best captured examples of this new style (mirror). Mashing Quicksilver and Backpack together to create an alternative interface for entering content. It’s very cool and it’s just the beginning.