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Weblog:   Apple As Innovator
Subject:   Jini and Rendezvous: Apples and Oranges
Date:   2003-05-29 15:22:39
From:   tychay
Response to: Jini and Rendezvous: Apples and Oranges

Change a few words around and put it in a different time period (1993) and you could make the same case about HTML & HTTP (web protocols) vs. everything else out at the time.

HTML/HTTP does little to solve many of the interesting documentation problems: A primitive bastardization of SGML designed to be more human-readable than machine read (no XHTML) that mixes logic and content (<strong> and <b>), capable of not even the basic in information design and aesthetics (not even a <table> with single pixel gif, no stylesheets), that is stateless (no cookies), bandwidth inefficient (no consistent connection, TCP only), non-interactive (no java or plugin architecture, just helper apps), insecure (no SSL, passwords passed base64encoded) with a toy protocol that can't even automatically validate link consistency.

To paraphrase: ``When you say that the Web got it right, you must mean that Tim Berners Lee and others just did a better job of putting a lesser technology to more visible and actual use.''

Sometimes, it's all about hitting the "sweet spot". Which, I think, is Tim O'Reilly's point.

Take care,