Weblog:   Amazon Web Services API
Subject:   "benign industry lockin"
Date:   2002-07-26 21:41:19
From:   winfield
The "benign industry lockin" (? since when has lockin been benign?) Tim refers to is not secured by the API as much as it is by the ownership of data exposed by those APIs, especially since data oriented APIs tend to be quite simple, unlike for example the WIN32 API. I really don't think that, even if sites expose their data over a simpler and more elegant REST interface, that the API will play much of a role in squelching imitators.