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As Om Malik Says, "Suddenly Everything's Coming Up Widgets"
By: Ajit Jaokar
Feb. 23, 2007 05:45 PM
The World Wide Web, as we know it, is exploding. From its fragments emerges a new "container-based" Web based on Widgets. For the lack of a better term, I shall call it a "Widget Widget Web."
I have long advocated the power of Widgets to transform the Web as we know it. Hence, I am starting a new set of blogs on the future potential and evolution of Widgets.
Recently, Om Malik also wrote a great article Suddenly everything's coming up widgets. The goal of the Widget Widget web series of blogs is to discuss the evolution of the Web using the Widgets philosophy.
Modularization of software and applications is not new. The idea is simply "moving up the software stack."
I remember the time when Object Oriented Software was a such a big buzzword (and as a slight diversion, I also remember someone telling me then that - their software was "Object Oriented" - whatever they did - the users objected! Hehe.). Following on from there, the SOA folks talked about service modularization and rehashing at a service level.
And now, we in the Web 2.0 era, are talking of Widgets at a user interface/browser/business level.
The simultaneous of evolution of widgets, AJAX and other technologies is no accident since they are all feeding off each other to create a powerful new ecosystem.
Thus, the Widget Widget Web series of blogs are going to look at Widgets 2.0 (I hate sticking 2.0 after everything - but it does convey the point I am trying to make i.e. we are talking about how widgets will evolve)
In keeping with my background, Widget Widget Web will discuss Widgets in context of Mobile Web 2.0 in addition to the Web in general. With the emergence of the full web browsers on mobile devices, there is a natural tendency of web widgets to 'cross the chasm' to the mobile web.
Let me throw up a few ideas, both existing and forthcoming. Please feel encouraged to comment on these:
What else? My favorites are:
1. Widgets on the Mobile Web which I have already talked about beforeI welcome any information about interesting work you are doing in this space (especially developments based on web technologies) and I shall include it in this series of blogs if possible
Thus, I have only a broad vision about the evolution of widgets (probably a bit biased towards the mobile web) and user feedback will drive the Widget Widget Web series of blogs
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