Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Paul Graham on Web 2.0 and Ajax

Category: Ajax, Google, Web20

<p>Paul Graham’s latest essay on Web 2.0 is worth a read. He talks about the three componenents of web 2.0 – Ajax, democracy, and being good to your users. On Ajax:

Basically, what “Ajax” means is “Javascript now works.”

And on Microsoft’s slow reaction to the rise of Ajax and the resulting “leaked” memos:

…the new generation of software is being written way too fast for Microsoft even to channel it, let alone write their own in house. Their only hope now is to buy all the best Ajax startups before Google does.

Ultimately, Graham’s main point is the Web 2.0 really means working “with the grain” of the Internet instead of against it.

Web 2.0 means using the web the way it’s meant to be used.

(btw, if you aren’t subscribed to the unofficial Paul Graham feed, well, you should be.)

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Thanks for the link! I’ll reciprocate.

Comment by Joe Grossberg — November 22, 2005

Paul’s statements are so stupid that it’s not even worth commenting…except for; “stop sniffing glue, man…”

Comment by Hakan Bilgin — November 22, 2005

Joe: thank you for the great feed.

Hakan: could you expand on that insightful point?

Comment by Rob Sanheim — November 22, 2005

Some of what anyone says is stupid. I find that a significant enough portion of what Paul writes is interesting to make it worth reading.

Comment by Joe Grossberg — November 22, 2005

Best definition of “Ajax” I’ve seen yet :)

Comment by MH — November 22, 2005

I loved his “Hackers & Painters” book, but I definitely think he can wax a bit Jakob Nielsen-ish at times:

“We already have several successful examples” (links to own site) “Now, if you’re sensible, you’ll read my latest article and follow MY guidelines…”

Good article though.

Comment by MH — November 22, 2005

this is ajaxian.com

Comment by B.Rajavel — December 9, 2005

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